You can find the latest coronavirus restrictions on GOV.UK. Everyone without symptoms can access free lateral flow tests




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 lateral flow (LF) tests which are designed for people who do not have symptoms to find out if they are infected, but not know it yet. 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.

LF self-test kits are available for collection at Harlow Library and Great Parndon Library. You can collect and take away 2 boxes of 7 tests, to undertake regular twice weekly testing at home to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Harlow Library location: The High, Cross Street, Harlow, CM20 1HA (Harlow Library opening hours)

Great Parndon Library location: Parnall Road, Staple Tye, Harlow CM18 7PP (Great Parndon Library opening hours)

You can find out more on the scheme on the Essex County Council website