Testing for people with symptoms

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

It’s important to keep protecting the Island. Please continue to:

Information about LFT testing when you don’t have symptoms is on this page.

How to get tested

If you or someone you live with has symptoms, it’s important that you get tested as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 8 days of having symptoms.

There are 2 ways to get a test:

  • Use the government website or call 119 to book an appointment at the Island’s testing site at Newclose Cricket Ground, Blackwater Rd, Newport, PO30 3BE.
    The test centre is open 7 days a week, 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.
  • You can also order a home test kit. If you get a home test kit, you will need to do the test and return it in the next 48 hours. You will be told how to do this.

Who can get a test?

The person with symptoms should get a PCR test.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or get a positive test result you must self-isolate immediately. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been vaccinated or not, you must self-isolate.

If your test result is positive

If your test result is positive:


People you live with are not required to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months. They are advised to take a rapid LFT every day for 7 days or until 10 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier. If any of these LFT tests are positive they should self-isolate and record their result online.
Please read about the changes to testing when you have a positive LFT result.


Advice if you live with someone who has tested positive

The law and self-isolation

Failure to comply with self-isolation may result in a fine, starting from £1,000. Parents or guardians are legally responsible for ensuring that anyone under 18 self-isolates if they test positive for COVID-19 and are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate.

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