Everyone in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) is now eligible for testing.
When you book a test you will usually have the option of taking the test at home or at a drive-through or walk-through testing site.
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
If you have been self-isolating due to having symptoms of COVID-19 and you receive a negative COVID-19 test result you can now leave your house as long as no one else in your house has developed symptoms of COVID-19.
If you still feel unwell you should phone your GP or GP out-of-hours.
If you have been self-isolating due to being identified as a close contact or following international travel and you receive a negative COVID-19 test, you must continue to complete 10 full days self-isolation.
If you receive a positive test result you should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until your temperature returns to normal after the 10 days.
Your household should remain in self-isolation for 10 days from the start of your symptoms. If anyone in your household gets symptoms they should book a test.
If you were asymptomatic when you tested positive you should self-isolate for 10 days from the date the swab was taken. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms during this period, you should extend your isolation period for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
If you test positive, you will also be asked to take part in contact tracing to help protect your community. This is when someone from the Public Health Agency rings you to ask about people you have been in contact with. This will prevent the spread of the virus.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms you and your household should begin self-isolation. If it is positive you should all self-isolate for 10 days. If it is negative the household can end self-isolation. You should also book a test as soon as possible.
There are a number of ways a person with symptoms of the virus can get tested in Northern Ireland. These are:
You can book a test at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Everyone in Northern Ireland with symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for a free test. If you’re not sure if you have symptoms, you can check using the COVID-19 symptom checker (https://check.covid-19.hscni.net/).
You should get tested in the first 3 days of coronavirus symptoms starting.
You should also get tested if you have been identified as a close contact by the PHA Contact Tracing Service or the StopCOVID NI app.
Testing centres are available throughout Northern Ireland. Don’t forget you must book a test appointment: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
The drive-through test sites include:
All drive-through centres are open 9.30am – 5.30pm, seven days a week
There are also a number of walk through sites:
All walk-through centres are open 8.00am – 2.00pm, seven days a week.
In addition to the four fixed sites, mobile testing units operate across the province. For more information visit https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/testing-and-tracing-covid-19/testing-covid-19