Testing for people with symptoms
An important part of keeping the Island safe is to make sure people get tested for COVID-19.
Please continue to:
- Look out for the symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you or someone you live with has any of the symptoms, self-isolate and get tested.
- If the test result is positive, self-isolate and give details of your recent contacts to NHS Test and Trace.
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.
- 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?
Only the person with symptoms (also called symptomatic) should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three main symptoms.
All members of the household do need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.
Self – isolate
You must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. Please do not leave home until the 10 days are up. You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.
If someone you live with gets symptoms during these first 10 days they should get a test. They will need to start a new 10 day self-isolation period from when their symptoms first started, regardless of when you all started the first 10 day isolation period.
Read more self-isolation information.
The rules about self-isolation are changing on 16 August 2021. You can read about the changes on the government website.
Learn how to treat the symptoms of COVID at home with hints from a local Island GP.
If your test result is positive
If your test result is positive:
- you and anyone you live with must keep self-isolating.
- everyone in your support bubble must also keep self-isolating
- you must share information about your recent contacts with the NHS Test and Trace service to help us alert other people who may need to self-isolate.
If you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace
If NHS Test and Trace contacts you because you have had close recent contact with someone who has COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day you were last in contact with the person.
Read more advice from the NHS about what to do if you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.