Kent County Council is supporting the Government’s targeted drive to test all of Kent’s secondary-age children, and their families, for COVID-19.
The Government announced the scheme for Kent, Essex and parts of London in a bid to combat a rapid increase in cases among the 11-18 age group in these areas by identifying asymptomatic cases and helping to break chains of transmission.
PCR testing is being used (polymerase chain reaction testing – swab tests that are sent to a lab for processing), with people accessing this via either Mobile Testing Units deployed in their area or through home testing kits.
Some mobile testing capacity has already been deployed to specific areas in Swale, Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Ashford.
Where schools have a testing unit set up, their pupils can access a test on site. For those without a unit, they can book a test via the UK Government portal, using the instructions provided by the letter from their school.
Further Education colleges in east Kent are also managing testing of all 16+ aged students on their sites.
KCC Leader Roger Gough said: “We want to make sure as many young people as possible in these areas get tested. Extra Mobile Testing Units are being set up in these areas to make this easier.
“We strongly urge every student, parent/carer and school and college staff in these areas to come forward as the more people who are tested, the better able we are to contain the virus.
“If we can break the chain of transmission in this way we can help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases, limit the number of people who might fall very ill, and protect the NHS.”
What if I test negative?
Anyone who tests negative does not need to self-isolate.
You should continue to remember; hands, face, space. That means washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering in enclosed public places and keeping our distance from people who aren’t in our household.
What should I do if I test positive?
If you have received a positive test result, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been told you are a contact of someone who has, self-isolation is the only way to guarantee you won’t pass COVID-19 to others.
If you are told to isolate, you should go home and start self-isolating straight away.
Self-isolation is one of the most important things we can do to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our friends and family, our community and the NHS.
- For more information go to www.kent.gov.uk/protectkent