COVID-19: Variant of concern in Cumbria - additional testing available now

Eden District Council and NHS Test and Trace are asking every person living and working in Cumbria between the ages of 12 and 30 to get a PCR test for COVID-19, even if they do not have symptoms.

COVID-19 infections are rising rapidly in Cumbria. Public Health England's proactive sequencing work, has shown that the new Delta variant of the virus is driving the increase.

Every person living in Cumbria between the ages of 12 and 30 is now strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 test, even if they are not showing symptoms.

Infections are rising fastest among this age group.

  • Parents/carers will be informed of testing arrangements for school age children by their child's school.
  • People not at school can attend any of Cumbria's testing sites between 8am and 8pm. People do not need to book their test, simply walk-in and you will be tested.
  • If you cannot attend a test site you can get a test kit delivered to your home by accessing https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Choose the "I have been advised to get a test by local Public Health officials" option.

Tests will be conducted using PCR test kits, not the rapid result Lateral Flow Device tests that are used for regular weekly testing.

If a person tests positive, has any symptoms, or are contact traced following contact with someone who tests positive, they should self-isolate immediately.

There is currently no evidence that the Delta variant causes more severe illness. People should continue to follow national guidance and remember 'hands, face, space, fresh air'.

The more cases of the variant we find, the better chance we have at suppressing it. Please help to keep your community safe by getting tested so we can find the variant and protect you and your loved ones.