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Test and trace


As business leaders and employers you play a key role in helping Tameside reopen safely as we move out of the Covid-19 lockdown period.
 
One of the most important elements of keeping everyone safe is going to be our collective efforts to take part in the national NHS Test and Trace service.
 
The aim of Test and Trace is to keep the infection rate as low as possible. It works by testing all those who have symptoms. If someone tests positive their recent contacts will be traced and advised about what steps to take, which could include isolating for two weeks to see if they develop symptoms themselves. If they do they will be tested, however, because they have been isolating they will not have spread the infection themselves.
 
This is where your help is vital.
 
We know you are all working incredibly hard to ensure your workplaces, where they are now allowed to open, meet national safety guidance. The intention of course is to minimise the chances of either catching Covid-19 or passing it on to others and your efforts are hugely appreciated.
 
We’d ask you to take time to consider how you might do three more things to support the NHS and the service:
 
  • Actively encourage all staff members to get a lateral flow test twice a week. These quick and free tests can be accessed in a variety of ways and are vital to identify asymptomatic cases and break the train of transmission. More information here.
  • Actively encourage and support your staff who may develop symptoms to immediately isolate themselves and book a testEven if they do not have the illness they could be away from work for several days while they wait for the test result.
  • Actively encourage and support your staff who are contacted, because they’ve been in contact with an infected person, and asked to isolateEven if they don’t develop symptoms and/or test positive they will be away from the workplace for at least two weeks.
 
Symptoms of coronavirus include:
 
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste

NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of NHS Test and Trace. App users can check symptoms, order a test, receive results and advice and check in to venues. The app sends anonymous alerts if the user has been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive and will notify them that they should self-isolate, thereby helping to break chains of transmission and keep people safe.
 
This guidance explains how employers and businesses can support NHS Test and Trace and play their part to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.

For further information and guidance can be found here.

Full government guidance on NHS Test and Trace can be found here. You can also email COVID-19@tameside.gov.uk if you have any questions regarding testing and our team will get back to you.
 

 
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