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COVID-19 Guidance to keep yourself and others safe, including testing - July 2020

on Wed, 15/07/2020 - 3:34pm

Lockdown may be easing, but that does not mean we should go easy on the virus.

We are currently at national alert level 3, which means the coronavirus epidemic is still in general circulation.

We all have a vital role to play in keeping Oxfordshire safe and in preventing local outbreaks.

Make sure you follow these simple steps to keep safe and stop the virus spreading:

  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid busy gatherings
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
  • Wear a face covering:
    • On public transport
    • In places where it is hard to stay away from people, such as shops
    • When you go to a hospital appointment or visit someone in hospital

Separate guidance is available for people who are at higher risk from coronavirus (click), including older people, people with health conditions, and pregnant women.

If you have coronavirus symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (click), or if you someone you live with has symptoms, then you must stay at home (self-isolate). This helps stop the virus spreading to other people. You must also get a test as soon as possible.

Visit the NHS website for guidance on when and how to self-isolate (click) and how to get an isolation note to show your employer if you are unable to work.

How to get tested

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should request a test (click) as soon as possible. The test is free, and you should get it done within the first five days of having symptoms.

You can also request a test if someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms, or if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital (for example, for surgery).

Regional testing centres are located in Oxford and Milton Keynes. Mobile testing units are also deployed in various locations around the county for a few days at a time. You will be advised about available locations when you book your appointment. Alternatively, you can ask for a free test kit to be delivered to your home.

NHS Test and Trace

You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace (click) if you test positive for coronavirus. You will be asked where you have been recently and who you have been in close contact with. This will help the NHS contact anyone who may have caught the virus from you.

From an article of the Oxfordshire CC website; see the original <here>.