Testing and tracing for COVID-19

Everyone in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing.

If a child is to be tested, parents/guardians will need to arrive at the site prepared to swab the child. Instruction on how to use a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit on a child are available here.

You can also watch a video here

If you receive a positive test result you will be contacted by the PHA’s Contact Tracing Service in the first instance by text message, asking you to enter your close contacts online using the HSCNI ‘Help us trace your contacts’ service. This is so we can warn your close contacts as quickly as possible that they might have become infected and give them guidance.

We may call (from (028) 9536 8888) those who do not wish to use the web service or those who cannot use the service for other reasons.

You should also follow all the advice given here.

If you have been identified as close contact you will receive a text message from ‘HSCtracing’ instructing you to self-isolate. You should follow this advice immediately and follow through until the end of the 14 day period. 

The menu links on this page provide detailed information on Testing for COVID-19 and Contact tracing.

 

Test, trace, protect