Council urges Hampshire pupils to get Covid test before returning to school
SCHOOL pupils have been urged to take a Covid-19 test this weekend before they go back to class, even if they do not have any symptoms.
Hampshire County Council's director of public health, Simon Bryant, has issued the call to secondary school and college students, adding tests should be done the day before or morning of the start of summer term.
"Cases are gradually going down in Hampshire, and we all want that to continue," Mr Bryant said. "We know how easily coronavirus spreads and that people can carry it without symptoms. Alongside the Covid-19 vaccine and ‘hands, face, space’, regular testing is essential for breaking chains of transmission, reducing infection risk and keeping our communities safe.
"That’s why it is so important for all secondary school pupils and college students who are not showing Covid symptoms to do a test before returning to education on Monday."
Test results can be logged online or by phone, and positive results mean households must self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible.
He said children of primary school age or younger who are not experiencing any symptoms do not need to take Covid-19 tests at home – although other members of their household should regularly test at home if they are an adult, or a child of secondary school age or older.
Anyone can access free, rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test kits for themselves and their families to use twice a week. They can be collected from testing sites and participating pharmacies across the county, which are listed on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Supervised testing without symptoms is available at community testing sites, and those who cannot access those options can have a LFD kit delivered to their home.More information is available at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or call 119.