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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Get a coronavirus test


There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (Covid-19).

If you need a test, there are two types available.

  • PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests are used if you have symptoms (a new and persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell).
  • Rapid LFD (Lateral Flow Device) tests are used if you do not have symptoms (asymptomatic).

Get a test

Testing and tracing

Find out about the NHS Test and Trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Self-isolation and treating symptoms

You must self isolate if you test positive for Covid-19 or you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. You can get advice on self isolating at NHS: Self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms.

If you don't have friends or family to support you during your self-isolation period, see our Get help if you're self-isolating page to get support.

Download the NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS Covid-19 app, available to download for free, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. See NHS: Download the NHS COVID-19 app today.

Ask a question

If this page doesn't answer your question, you can use our COVID-19 general enquiry form and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

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County Durham Together Community Hub
03000 260 260
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