Surge Testing To Be Deployed In Calderdale
NHS Test and Trace – in partnership with the local authorities – is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing in Calderdale. Additional testing is being offered in the Todmorden, Park and Warley wards of Calderdale.
This surge testing is being deployed from Tuesday 8 June following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant. All the confirmed cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified.
Everyone aged 12 and over who lives or works in these areas is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.
Enhanced contact tracing will be used for individuals testing positive with a variant of concern (VOC). This is where contact tracers look back over an extended period to determine the route of transmission.
By using PCR testing, positive results are sent for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, helping us to identify COVID-19 cases with a variant of concern and then prevent their spread.
If you have symptoms you should book a free test online or by phone. You can then go to a testing site or have a kit sent to your home. If you have no symptoms, you should visit your local authority’s website for more information.
People in this area should continue to make use of free twice-weekly rapid tests, commonly known as lateral flow devices, alongside the PCR test as part of surge testing.