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What to do if you have to self-isolate?

If you fall into one of the below groups, you must self-isolate if contacted by NHS Test and trace or you test positive for Covid:

  • Those who have not received their Covid vaccination.
  • Those who have not received both doses of their Covid vaccination.
  • Those who have received their second dose within the last 14 days.
  • Those who have tested positive following a PCR test.
  • Those who have been fully vaccinated and are displaying Covid symptoms (ahead of getting a PCR test).

Self-isolating is an effective way of slowing down the spread of Covid and we thank you enormously for helping.

Please remember, although you are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you are double jabbed or aged under 18 - if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace (and you are not experiencing any symptoms) - the testing policy remains unchanged. If you have received both doses of the vaccine or aged under 18 you must self-isolate for ten days if you test positive for Covid using a PCR test. 

What do I have to do?

  • You must stay at home 24 hours a day for ten days
  • During this time, you must not go to work, school or any other public places. You cannot go out for food or exercise and you cannot be in contact with anybody who doesn’t normally live with you. 
  • If you are unable to work from home and have been asked to self-isolate, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500. 
  • If possible, stay away from other members of your household.
  • Everyone in your household must also self-isolate.
  • If you have school aged children remember to let their school know.

What if I have been vaccinated? 

  • You must self-isolate even if you have received one or two doses of any Covid vaccine. This is because you could still spread the virus to others even if you yourself aren’t experiencing any symptoms.

When should I start the 10 day self-isolation period?

Your ten-day period must start:

  • The day you first noticed symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a change in your sense of smell / taste).
  • The day of your positive Coronavirus test (if you had no symptoms before then). 
  • The day you were in close contact with somebody who now has Coronavirus.

Remember that if you develop symptoms of Covid during this ten day period, you must self-isolate for another ten days from the day that your symptoms first started. If you do not develop any symptoms during the ten days, you can return to your normal routine on day 11.

We will continue to update this information as the situation evolves. Together we can #BeatCovidNE

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