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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:

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. 

Feeling Unwell?

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
  • diarrhoea
  • 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: