There are no plans to test staff who are shielding.
Not at present however this is being discussed further.
Do I have to take a PCR Test if I have come into contact with a positive case who is not in my household – can’t I just isolate for 10 days?
If you receive notification of having contact with a confirmed PCR Covid-19 positive case through test and trace and are asymptomatic you will be required to undertake a PCR test and lateral flow tests if you are double vaccinated. If you refuse to take a …
There are testing sites in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield and there is also the option to use the national testing sites or order a home test via the government’s website.
What about staff who can’t drive/get in to a test centre because of reduced public transport capacity?
Where we have a staff member who cannot drive this is discussed on a case by case situation and the most suitable solution is found to support the staff member to access a test
There are three priority strands; Group one are the highest priority. These are colleagues who have symptoms themselves, and also those living in a household where someone has symptoms. These are carried out at Barnsley, Fieldhead, Calderdale Fire Station and Kirklees College. Group two are …
Testing of locums will be raised as part of the track and trace and only testing if symptomatic.
Currently only the testing of symptomatic staff is compulsory. If staff are asymptomatic it is not compulsory and some have opted out.
There is no plan to do antibody testing; neither does any other organisation have this yet.
Testing of symptomatic staff has to be a priority, so timescales for asymptomatic testing will depend on fluctuations in symptomatic cases. We have already begun contacting some staff within the vulnerable category and some asymptomatic testing has begun.