Getting a test if you have no symptoms
With 13 rapid testing sites now set up across Essex, we are encouraging residents without symptoms (asymptomatic) to book a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) to quickly find out if they have Covid-19 to help reduce transmission in the community.
We now welcome the arrival our new rapid testing centre, which Essex County Council has opened in Witham for those who live in the Braintree district.
This will enable those who do not have symptoms of Covid-19, to get faster results for their tests (in approx. 30 minutes).
Visit the Essex County Council website to book your test and for more details.
We particularly encourage residents who are unable to work from home to get tested, especially if they work somewhere where they come into contact with other people.
Community PCR home test kits
Updated 9 February
The PCR testing offer that was available at Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9HB has now been replaced by the LFT testing. This change will help more people access a test quickly and help to identify people who are unknowingly spreading Covid-19.
If you still have an outstanding test not returned, this will now need to be posted back using the label in the test kit (via a priority post box).
Getting your results
The tests are PCR tests, which need to be sent away to a laboratory for analysis.
Information should be included within the postal kit and is usually within 24 hours of the lab receiving the test, but it may take up to 3 days. Results will be by email and text to the number provided when registering the test online.
What to do if you have symptoms
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Check your symptoms via the NHS 111 service and follow their instructions.
You should not have a test if you have previously tested positive via a PCR test in the last 12 weeks, as this can give a false result.