Rapid Covid-19 testing now available to pupils
Households, childcare and support bubbles of school pupils and staff in Northumberland can access regular twice weekly rapid lateral flow testing.
Regular, lateral flow testing is designed only for people without symptoms and will help to reduce the spread of the virus.
Coun Richard Dodd, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “This is another step in the right direction in getting our children and young people back into school safely.
"It is an absolute priority that staff and pupil’s health and safety is at the forefront of a smooth return.
“Regular testing within households will mean positive cases are found more quickly, and will reduce the amount of people entering schools who have been in close contact with, or who themselves show no symptoms, helping to further keep educational settings safe”
Children in year 7 and above will be provided lateral flow tests via their school; three tests will initially be taken at school and then two home tests per week following that.
Primary and first school age pupils do not need to be tested.
A community symptom free testing site is available at Ashington Leisure Centre, Lintonville Terrace, while the county council is setting up Community Collection points for testing kits which should be available from mid-March.
Residents can collect home test kits from Peoples Park car park, Ashington, or Marine Terrace car park, Blyth.
Jim Brown, Public Health consultant said: “Testing is a vital part of the fight to bring the virus under control. Whilst it is not compulsory it is a way for you to play your part and we urge anyone who is eligible to access the testing to help protect Northumberland, others and themselves.”
Those who take part will be asked to take a test twice a week (every three or four days apart) and report the result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day the test is taken. The test can be reported online or by calling 119.