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Test and Trace

Brent’s COVID-19 Management Plan

The number of cases of coronavirus in Brent is not at a level where a local lockdown is a risk.

However, we have a COVID-19 Management Plan in place to effectively contain the COVID-19 virus, reduce its spread in the community and make sure we’re prepared in the event of a local outbreak.

Read Brent’s COVID-19 Management Plan

Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace programme is working to contain the spread of coronavirus and prevent a second wave.

Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature
  • Or a new, continuous cough
  • Or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you have any one of these, you should self-isolate for 10 days and get tested:

Everyone in your household and your support bubble will also need to stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the first day you started displaying symptoms, unless you get a negative test result (see below).

Harlesden walk-through testing site

Walk-through testing is also now available in Harlesden, offering appointments to people without cars who can safely travel on foot, without coming into contact with others. When attending the test centre you must wear a face covering and not travel by public transport.

To book a test at the walk-through testing site, call 020 8937 4440 between 9am-5pm, any day of the week.

Find out more about the Harlesden walk-through testing site.

Negative test result

A negative result means the test did not find coronavirus.

You do not need to self-isolate if your test is negative, as long as:

  • You feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better

If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.

If you're a health or care worker, check with your employer before going back to work.

Positive test result

A positive result means you had coronavirus when the test was done.

If your test is positive, you must self-isolate.

  • If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.

Read more about how long to self-isolate.

Contact tracing

If you test positive for coronavirus, you’ll get an email, text or call from the NHS Test and Trace service. You'll be asked where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

It’s important you provide this information, so that your recent contacts can be contacted and advised to self-isolate in order to prevent further spread of the virus.

Find out about being contacted by NHS Test and Trace after testing positive for coronavirus.

Staying safe

NHS Test and Trace employees will never ask for financial details, PINs or banking passwords over the phone, and tracers will not be making any home visits.

Find out more about NHS Test and Trace.

Testing for people in high-contact jobs

The government has recently agreed to expand COVID-19 testing to those working in high-contact jobs with or without symptoms, also known as asymptomatic testing.

Many people working in jobs which regularly bring them into close contact with other people may be worried about their risk of infection from COVID-19.

We want to know how common the virus is among these groups, as 67% of people don’t show symptoms straight away or at all, but could still spread the virus to others.

We are offering to provide access to testing for employees in the following roles:

  • Taxi and bus drivers
  • Security guards
  • Sales and retail assistants
  • Cleaners and domestics
  • Dental practitioners, dental nurses and dental technicians
  • Prison officers and residential wardens
  • Veterinary nurses
  • Opticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmaceutical technicians
  • Undertakers, mortuary and crematorium assistants

Testing will be available at the local walk-through testing site located at Harlesden Town Garden, Challenge Close, Harlesden, NW10 4BF.

Employees can book a test either through the national portal or through the council’s contact centre by calling 020 8937 4440 between 9am-5pm, any day of the week.

Find out more about asymptomatic testing in Brent.