Should I test to see if I have Covid-19?
The government no longer ask you to test to see if you have Covid-19 as they want everyone to manage the virus like any other respiratory infection.
Can I get free Covid-19 test kits in Oldham?
The Covid-19 test sites in Oldham have now closed and the libraries and pharmacies no longer have free tests available for collection.
There are a small number of people who are still able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS, including;
- If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments
- If you're going into hospital for surgery or a procedure
- If you work in the NHS or social care
For more information on this and how you can order tests if you are eligible, please visit:
- ‘Changes to testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England’ – NHS.UK website
What should I do with test kits I already have?
If you still have tests at home you can use them.
- For adults who test positive – you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when you are most infectious.
- For children who test positive – you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days, which is when you are most infectious.
If you are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 and have a high temperature or feel too ill to work, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
You can go back to work when you no longer have a high temperature, and you are well enough to attend.
The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than one hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
Support for local businesses
We still have a dedicated team available to help you with advice regarding potentially infectious illnesses within your workforce.
Please email COVID.Trace@oldham.gov.uk and we will reply to your query as soon as we can.
In the meantime, while cases of COVID-19 continue to circulate in the community, you can reduce the impact on your business by considering the following measures:
- Maximising ventilation
- Encouraging employees to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces
- Offering opportunities to keep hands clean
More information can be found on the GOV.UK website: