Nottinghamshire parents urged to have twice-weekly Covid tests as schools prepare to welcome back pupils
Nottinghamshire parents are being encouraged to get tested for Covid twice a week to coincide with schools welcoming pupils back into classrooms.
Public health officials want folk who live in the same household as a primary or secondary school-aged child, including childcare and support bubbles, to have the lateral flow tests to help combat the spread of coronavirus.
The appeal comes as arrangements are also being put in place for people living with school-aged children to order home-testing kits.
Jonathan Gribbin, director of public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “As we know around one-third of people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms but can still pass it on.
Testing people without symptoms can help identify cases quickly and help break the chain of transmission.
"Rapid testing is an important measure put in place to enable us to live safely in the year ahead. Each positive case identified can help prevent many additional people from becoming infected over time.
"Many parents will have received a letter from their school asking them to access regular testing and I encourage people to come forward for regular testing and to make it a part of daily life.”
Anyone who does not have symptoms can visit one of the asymptomatic testing sites across Nottinghamshire, with more information on where to get tested available via https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html.
For further details on getting an asymptomatic test, visit the Government website.
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