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Coronavirus Stay at Home

Protect yourself, your family and friends by self-isolating immediately and getting a Coronavirus test if you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or have lost your sense of smell or taste.

During March 2021, test appointments are available daily between 8am and noon for people with COVID-19 symptoms. Times may change at short notice.

To book a test, visit the national portal:

Book a test

The Council also advises residents to book a test as a precaution if you have other symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.

These can include shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting. However, it is important to remember that these are very common symptoms, and most people who have these symptoms will not have COVID-19.

Book a test on the NHS website or by calling: 119. When booking choose the option that the local council has asked you to get a test. If you only have these symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate unless you test positive for COVID-19.

Book a test

If you've been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive

From 9 April if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you are advised to book a PCR test.

You should do this at the start of your 10-day self-isolation period.

Taking a test is not an alternative to self-isolating. You will still need to isolate for the full 10 days even if you test negative for coronavirus.

If you live with the person who has tested positive, you should book your test three to five days after their symptoms started. If you do not live with the person, you should book your test three to five days after the day you last spent time with them.

If you cannot book your test within five days, book it as soon as possible.

If you are a close contact, but you have already tested positive in the past 90 days, you should not get tested but still complete the full 10-day self-isolation period.

Book a PCR test

Site locations

Little Roodee Testing Centre, Chester

This is a walk-through site located on the Little Roodee car park, in Castle Drive, CH1 1SL.

Queensway Testing Centre, Winsford

This is a walk-through site and is only accessed via the pathway that leads from Queensway, CW7 1BJ, to Wyvern House. Parking is available at the car park next to this path.

Sealand Road Park and Ride Testing Centre, Chester

This is a walk-through site located on Sealand Road Park and Ride, Blacon, Chester, CH1 4QL.

The Old Depot Testing Centre, Northwich

This is a walk-through site located at the old council depot site off Leicester Street, Northwich, CW9 5LG.

Wellington Road Testing Centre, Ellesmere Port

This is a walk-through site located on the Wellington Road Car Park, Ellesmere Port, CH64 4AB.

Mobile testing units

Residents with symptoms can still attend the 'pop up' units, which move between Winsford, Frodsham and Chester. You will need to book an appointment to attend the mobile testing units.

To book an appointment, visit the NHS website or call 119.

Home testing kits

Residents can also order home testing kits, visit the GOV.UK website for more information.

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