Coronavirus

National lockdown rules apply in Harlow. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You can now access community testing in Harlow to find out if you might have the virus without symptoms.

Coronavirus

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Community testing

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should book a test on GOV.UK 

If you do not have symptoms

Community testing helps prevent and reduce transmission in the community by giving people who do not have symptoms an opportunity to be tested.

Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without symptoms so could be spreading the virus without knowing, so this testing is designed to identify these people and make sure they self-isolate.

In Harlow, we have two community testing options:

  • Lateral flow tests (bookable, rapid tests)
  • PCR tests (collect and drop off laboratory tests)

Both of these are designed for people who do not have symptoms to find out if they are infected, but not know it yet.

Journeys to either of these test sites would be classed as essential journeys. 

Lateral flow tests

Lateral flow (LF) tests are rapid tests that can be done without the need for laboratory equipment. You can usually get a result within 20 to 30 minutes.

Anyone living in Harlow can have an LF test. Tests are by appointment only. You can book an appointment on the Essex County Council website.

The test centre is at Harlow Council Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow CM20 1WG.

Please do not attend this site if you have any coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to isolate. If this is the case, refer to the advice on what to do if you have symptoms.

PCR tests

A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is a swab test that is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Anyone living or working in Harlow can collect a PCR test. Testing kits can be collected from Griffin Suite, Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow CM18 7BL.

You can pick up tests anytime between 9am and 5pm Monday to Wednesday.

You can drop off completed tests anytime between 9am and 5pm Monday to Wednesday and Thursdays between 9am and 12 midday.

You do not need to book an appointment - just turn up within the opening hours.

You can take one test for yourself and one for each member of your immediate family.

The test involves a swab from the nose and mouth, which is done by you at home (not on site), you then need to drop it back off at The Griffin Suite at the Latton Bush Centre via the dropbox. No physical interaction will be required when dropping off the test. 

Please follow the instructions within the test kit on how to register your test online and how to package once the test is done. Anyone who does not register will not receive their test results.

For people who do not have access to the internet and want to get tested, a carer or family member in a support bubble is able to register on their behalf, visit a testing centre or call NHS111 to discuss what options are available to them.

The tests will then be couriered to a lab from Monday to Thursday for analysis. You will usually get the results within 24 hours of the lab receiving the test, but it may take up to 3 days.

Please do not attend this site if you have any coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to isolate. If this is the case, refer to the advice on what to do if you have symptoms.