Guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection

This guidance is for:

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19, including those who are waiting for a test.
  • people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result (whether or not they have symptoms).
  • people who currently live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms, or with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Policy change - 30th March 2021

If you are taking regular rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) and you test positive, you must take a follow-up PCR test (used for testing people with COVID-19 symptoms) as soon as possible and within the next 2 days of your positive result, at the latest.

Self-isolation (experiencing symptoms / confirmed infection)

You must self-isolate for ten full days* if you have:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You live with a person who has tested positive.
  • You are a close contact of a person who has tested positive (who is not from the same household).
  • You are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, Gloucestershire County Council or your school, nursery or workplace to say that you have been in recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

*From the first day with symptoms. If you do not have symptoms on the date a test was taken; isolate from the last day you were in contact with the person who tested positive. If you do not have symptoms but later develop symptoms, restart your 10 day self-isolation from the date your symptoms started.

You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a notification by NHS Test and Trace. You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate.

As part of Government’s plans to ease restrictions in England, from 8 March secondary school pupils will also be required to test regularly using LFDs. Those who test positive will need to self-isolate, helping to reduce transmission of the virus. Testing helps to keep other pupils and students in face-to-face education.

As part of Government's plans, it is expected that LFD testing will be rolled out further across our community. The government is also rolling out other testing options and more information will follow.

Financial support

As well as the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme mentioned above, there are other local schemes that can support you too. This includes the COVID-19 Emergency Living Fund – this is available through the county council.

Page updated: 23/02/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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