ISLANDERS NO LONGER NEED A PCR TEST IF SYMPTOMLESS BUT LATERAL FLOW TEST PROVES POSITIVE

From today (Tuesday), Islanders who do not have symptoms but test positive for COVID-19 using a lateral flow test will no longer need a follow-up PCR to begin their isolation period.

If you get a positive result on a lateral flow test (LFT) you still should self-isolate immediately and report your result on gov.uk. This applies to everyone, vaccinated or not.

After reporting a positive LFT result, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that your contacts can be traced. You must continue to self-isolate.

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People experiencing the 3 main symptoms of COVID-19 — a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste — will still be expected to isolate immediately and book a PCR test online or by calling 119 as soon as possible. This has not changed.

Those who return a positive PCR result are required to isolate immediately for up to 10 days — reduced to 7 if they return negative results on day 6 and 7 of their period of isolation. The Government is currently exploring the possibility of the isolation period dropping to just 5 days.

Simon Bryant, the council’s director of public health, said:

“The rates of COVID-19 infection across the Island continue to be very high.

“Once again I would stress the importance of being vaccinated and having a booster jab. All of the indications are that this gives you high protection from serious illness from either the Delta or Omicron variant of the virus. So please, if you have still not had a vaccine or booster, make it your new year resolution to do so.

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“At the same time, all of the behaviours we know so well — hands, face, space, ventilate — have to continue to be a core part of our daily lives to prevent us catching or transmitting the virus in the first place.”

Councillor Karl Love, Cabinet member for Public Health, added: “Islanders must remain vigilant.

“Please get vaccinated if you have not been. This helps save lives and protects our key workers who are working incredibly hard in difficult circumstances for you, our Island people.”

It’s important to note that if you think you will be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you will still need a confirmatory positive PCR result to access financial support. If a parent applies for a payment because they are looking after a child who has tested positive, that child must have a PCR result.

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Check your eligibility on this page on the council’s website to make sure you don’t miss out.

For more information on COVID-19, visit keeptheislandsafe.org 

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