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.

Lateral flow tests are designed for people who do not have symptoms to find out if they are infected, but do not know it yet. They are rapid tests that can be done without the need for laboratory equipment. You can usually get a result within 20 to 30 minutes.

You can order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home on GOV.UK

Lateral flow test kits are also available for collection at the Civic Centre and Great Parndon Library. You can collect and take away 2 boxes of 7 tests.

Harlow Civic Centre location: The Water Gardens, Harlow, CM20 1WG (open Monday to Friday 9am to 4.45pm)

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