We are really looking forward to welcoming Year 6 back tomorrow morning.
As shared last week and in line with Public Health advice, we are asking that Year 6 pupils take a LFT before their return tomorrow. Thank you to those who have supported by taking tests already.
Information from www.coventry.gov.uk
Non-symptomatic (rapid testing)
Twice-weekly rapid testing is a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find. With 1 in 3 people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, twice-weekly rapid testing enables us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection.
We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone in Coventry to access twice weekly rapid testing. There are lots of options available, depending on your individual situation:
- Community testing: all local authorities are offering local community testing sites, where you can go to take a supervised test.
- Community Collect: by collecting home test kits from one of our community testing sites where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home.
- NHS Test & Trace symptomatic test sites: these sites operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows you to see which sites are running this service.
- Workplace testing: lots of employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests.
- Pharmacy collect: you can go to a participating pharmacy in Coventry and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect. Over the coming weeks more and more pharmacies will be signing up.
- Education: secondary and college students are being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays by their school or college.
- By post through LFD direct: for people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home.
What is lateral flow or rapid testing?
Lateral flow tests are rapid tests that do not need to be sent to a laboratory for the result. They can be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people, better enabling us to identify and isolate more people who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chains of transmission.
A Lateral Flow Test (LFT) detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus – a bit like a pregnancy test.