City of York Council is making it even easier for residents and workers in the city to get tested.

Workers and residents in York can benefit from a new symptom-free coronavirus test site set to open soon, along with more opportunities for residents to collect home testing kits.

Foxwood Community centre is the latest symptom-free testing site in the city, opening on Monday 12 April. It joins the existing sites at University of York, York St John University and the York Leisure Centre at the York Stadium Leisure Complex. Symptom free tests are available for anyone secondary school or college age and above. Book a symptom-free coronavirus test online at any of York sites, or by calling 01904 551559.

Each of these testing sites will now also act as a point for the collection of home testing kits, with the collection of kits being by appointment only. A slot can be booked online or by calling telephone: 01904 551559, with spaces available from 7 April.

Home tests should not be taken if you are experiencing symptoms and school and college pupils should continue to collect from their education settings.

Residents of any age who have coronavirus symptoms can book an NHS test online or by calling 119 and self-isolate until receiving results. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Social Care said:

We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of coronavirus and helping us along the road back to normal. Getting tested regularly really does make a difference and protects those around you.

“The testing service is a huge city-wide effort and we are always looking at ways to make it easier for people to get tested. By opening more sites and introducing a collection service we hope this further aids our collective efforts to keep our city and each other safe.

“We are grateful to partners for their support as well as to residents who are getting tested regularly.”

Fiona Phillips, Assistant Director of Public Health said:

1 in 3 cases of coronavirus have no symptoms. Having regular symptom-free tests helps us to identify those who could be spreading the virus unknowingly and protects people.

“We are hugely grateful to those taking regular tests and ask that more do as we continue to move along the roadmap.

“Even if you have had the vaccine we are asking you to get tested to stop you from giving the virus to others. These symptom-free tests are available to anyone secondary school age and above but anyone with symptoms of any age should self-isolate and book an NHS test online or calling 119.

“We all have a part to play in the coming weeks and months. Getting tested regularly and practice hands, face, space will help us beat the virus.”


Why are symptom-free tests important and who should get one?

1 in 3 cases of coronavirus has no symptoms so you could be spreading COVID to those you love without knowing it.

Getting tested, and self-isolating if necessary, stops the spread of the virus and will help us get back to seeing the people we love and going to the places we love.

We all still need to follow the rules and practice hands, face, space. Testing is another tool in our fight against the virus.

Symptom-free testing is now available to all adults and pupils from secondary school and college age and above.

I’ve had the vaccine, why should I get tested?

Whilst the vaccine reduces the risk of you having serious complications if you catch it, you could still spread coronavirus to those around you, putting others at risk.

Not everyone has been vaccinated so getting tested regularly will help keep others safe and stop you from spreading the virus to those you love.

My test has come back negative, what can I do after this?

If you receive a negative test result you can continue as you were.

Remember:

  • a negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time
  • there's the potential for the test result to be 'false negative' if you're infected with COVID-19 but don't yet have a high enough level of the virus to register on the Lateral Flow Device (LFD)
  • it's possible to become infected in the hours or days after taking a rapid test - so you must continue to follow government guidance on social distancing, good hand hygiene, and practice 'Hands, Face, Space'
  • this type of testing will only be effective if people continue to follow the guidance

My symptom-free test has come back positive, what should I do next?

If you receive a positive test result you must self-isolate for 10 days. In order to detect the maximum number of cases with variants, the government is reintroducing confirmatory PCR testing for positive LFD test results in England. Confirmatory tests are used to validate the result of the initial rapid test.

If you get a positive result on your first test you should not go for a second rapid results test - cancel your second test appointment by following the cancellation link in your booking confirmation email.

I have symptoms, why can’t I use a home testing kit to check?

These tests are provided for those who are symptom-free to get regular tests. There are 2 testing sites in the city for people with symptoms of coronavirus, please use them if you need it.

If you have symptoms, the probability of you having COVID is increased. Given that a home test requires a confirmatory PCR anyway, this way will save you time and use the testing offer for those with symptoms.

My home test came back negative, why do I need to fill in the form?

Completing the form helps us to understand how many people are getting tested in the city and better understand the positivity rate (how much spread there is within a community).

Completing the form no matter the result provides us with valuable information about where we are as a city.