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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Lateral Flow Testing in West Berkshire

Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it

Widening community testing to those showing no symptoms (called 'asymptomatic') will help find people who are infected and infectious but unaware they might be spreading the virus.

This can help to break the chain of transmission. Community Testing will be offered to critical and key workers and anyone who is required to leave home for work or a crucial activity, or for the management of local Covid-19 outbreaks. Breaking the Covid chain is so important to stop the virus from spreading and we urge Berkshire residents and workers to have the test, once contacted.

The test used is called a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and it delivers the results within around 30 minutes. If tested positive, it is imperative that you and your contacts isolate at home, away from friends and family, and do not leave your home unless for essential reasons, such as medical care or to escape harm.

In addition, if you receive a positive LFT result, you must arrange to have a PCR test for Covid-19. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home test kit, a test site appointment or a test result. You can leave your home in certain circumstances but do not go to work, school, or public areas and do not use public transport or taxis.

Only leave your home to get to your test if you need to, observe strict social distancing advice and return immediately afterwards.

We are in the process of arranging the people and equipment to be able to offer these lateral flow tests as soon as possible to residents of West Berkshire. Our number one priority is to keep you as safe and well as possible and bring down our case rates. Please bear with us while we finalise our quality and safety checks before inviting people forward for testing.

For more information, please visit: 

Public Health Berkshire

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection