A mobile testing site has been established at Fearnville Leisure Centre for people with symptoms of coronavirus.
Please could you share the following update from LCC Chief Executive which we have been asked to circulate in the LS8 postcode area? This is a preventative measure to alert people to a changing situation locally. It includes details of how and when to request a test if you are showing symptoms.
The city’s seven day rolling average of COVID cases has been gradually increasing from 4.1 cases per 100,000 people early last week, to 13.3 as at yesterday (5 August). Whilst the rate in Leeds remains low compared to our neighbouring authorities of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, there has been an increase of cases locally in Harehills.
We are asking people in the LS8 area to take extra precautions to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus. A mobile testing site has been established at Fearnville Leisure Centre for people with symptoms of coronavirus. The test site will be in place until 16th August and is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm. It is recommended that you book a slot in advance by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. You can also access coronavirus tests at the walk-to test site at Bridge Street Community Centre, Rider Street, LS9 7BQ. To book a test at this site call 0113 3760472. If you are unable to visit a test site you can order a home testing kit by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
We have added some translated messages to the LCC website here: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/messages-to-share
Who should get a test
You should get a test:
- for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- for someone you live with, if they have symptoms
- if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
This service is for people of all ages.
When to get a test.
If you have coronavirus symptoms, you need to get a test done within the first 5 days of having symptoms. You can either book a visit to at test side today or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.
On days 1 to 4, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you’re ordering a home test kit on day 4, do so by 3 pm.
On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit.
If you’re getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble (where someone who lives alone – or just with their children – can meet people from 1 other household).
What the test involves
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.
Getting a test for someone else
If other people you live with have symptoms, you can order tests for up to 3 people.
If you’re applying for someone who’s 13 or over, check that they’re happy for you to get a test for them.
If you need medical advice about your symptoms
Get help at NHS 111 online coronavirus service
Call 999 if you feel very unwell or think there’s something seriously wrong.