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Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing

What are LFD tests and who can use them?

LFDs are used for asymptomatic testing. This is an additional tool to identify COVID-19 cases, contain the virus and prevent its transmission.

Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils and staff can now take twice-weekly lateral flow tests to support the reopening of schools.

More information about how to get a rapid lateral flow tests from Community Collect may be found on the Coronavirus Community Testing pages.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should follow the self-isolation guidance and seek a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Should I also have a PCR test?

It is a requirement to have a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test taken at home or at an Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS), such as those situated in some workplaces, universities, secondary schools and colleges.

  • This means that staff, pupils or students receiving any positive LFD test result should immediately follow the isolation advice for themselves, their household and close contacts and must seek a confirmatory PCR test.
  • You can now also have a PCR test if you are a close contact of a confirmed case. However you will still need to isolate for the full 10 days (pending changes on the 18 August).
  • View the GOV.UK Guidance 

Reporting positive tests

All positive cases must be reported to us using the online reporting form if the positive case has been identified via a ATC LFD test result or confirmatory PCR test (after an LFD home-test result). The reporting of cases enables Warwickshire’s operational responses and strategic planning.

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