Coronavirus: view the status of our services

We are providing information for residents, businesses, and communities which we will review and update regularly. View the latest updates, advice and guidance.

NHS Test and Trace service

This page provides information about the NHS Test and Trace service, including how to get a test, what happens if someone tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do if you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Testing and tracing for coronavirus

Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days. The government has also published simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 9 September​​​​​​​

Getting a COVID-19 test

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus, understand your test result and find out what to do if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

NHS Testing and Tracing

NHS Test and Trace: how it works

Government guidance on NHS Test and Trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Government guidance on the NHS Test and Trace

Test and Trace Support Payment

The Government has announced measures to support people from 28 September who have a loss in income due to being asked by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate.

Find out more

Local outbreak control plan

The local response to outbreaks and any measures that are put in place locally to prevent further spread of covid19 are the responsibility of Essex County Council (ECC). ECC are also responsible for the local test and trace service, which works with the national system. For more information, please visit the ECC website. Any local measures that are put in place would be fully communicated to the community by ECC.

Local outbreak control plan for Essex

Accessible formats for NHS Test and Trace information

Public Health England have provided NHS Test and Trace information in alterative formats, including easy-read documents, and audios and videos with BSL.

Alternative NHS Test and Trace resources


Page last reviewed: 29 June 2020


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