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National Guidance: Autumn and Winter plan

For us to have a safe and unrestricted winter, we need everyone to remain vigilant and comply with guidance. Everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, should follow behaviours and actions that reduce transmission and help to keep people safe.

To find out more about the Autumn and Winter plan see GOV.UK.

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COVID-19 Testing information

COVID-19 Testing information for Torbay residents

Testing for COVID-19 plays an important role in keeping Torbay’s infection rate down.

There are two types of tests available in Torbay:

PCR testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms: Anyone with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss or change to sense of taste or smell or who has been identified as a close contact by National Test and Trace, should immediately book a test at one of our local testing sites in Torquay or Paignton, or apply for a home testing kit. For more information visit Testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms and those who have had a positive LFD test.

Rapid LFD testing for people without symptoms: One in three people with COVID-19 shows no symptoms and could be spreading the virus without realising it.  It is still possible to transmit the virus after vaccination.

Free testing is available for anyone without symptoms. For more information please go to Testing for people with NO COVID-19 symptoms - Torbay Council

Businesses are urged to encourage their employees to take up regular testing to keep their workplaces as COVID-19 safe as possible. Staff can ring 119, order online NHS - Order LFD online or collect tests from a number of pharmacies. Businesses can also conduct on-site testing - contact us for further details of how we can support you communitytesting@torbay.gov.uk

More information about testing is available at Testing for people with NO COVID-19 symptoms.

Secondary school pupils are required to carry out twice-weekly LFD tests at home. Primary school children can be tested daily using LFDs whilst waiting for PCR test results if they have been identified as a close contact. 

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These pages will be updated as Government policy on testing develops - and as new testing arrangements are introduced in Torbay.

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