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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

Families and carers of school age children

Families and carers of schoolchildren, childcare bubbles, childminders and those connected to a school such as a teacher, staff and their families can order home kits of Lateral Flow Device tests (LFD) through an online ordering system at Gov.uk: Order a coronavirus rapid lateral flow test or collect from one of three community testing sites in County Durham:

  • County Hall car park, County Hall, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5UZ
  • Territorial Lane car park, Durham, DH1 3HN
  • Riverside car park, Chester le-Street, DH3 3SJ

Businesses with 10 or more employees

Businesses with 10 or more employees are able to order tests for employees to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week. Registration for this service must be made by 12 April from Gov.uk: Get workplace coronavirus tests.

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.

Contact us
County Durham Together Community Hub
03000 260 260
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