With kids going back to school, Middlesbrough council have reminded parents about the COVID 19 testing options in town.

As part of the return to normal parents of nursery, primary, secondary and college students are being encouraged to take twice weekly COVID tests for people without symptoms. Regular testing can identify positive cases early on, help people get treatment and reduce the chances of cases arising in schools forcing whole school bubbles to isolate.

Figures released by the council show that even a small number of positive cases can dramatically disrupt education. 64 positive cases had been identified this month, as of March 22, which forced 725 students having to isolate.
Regular testing can keep those numbers down and ensure the return to normality stays on track.

“As infection rates come down, the regular testing of people without symptoms is going to key to keeping on top of the virus,” said South Tees Joint Director of Public Health Mark Adams. “The tests are free, fast and easy to use. They can help find people who otherwise may have gone on to spread the virus without realising. The Council can also provide advice around financial support for those required to isolate.”

He added that “the more people who take part in regular testing, the better chance we have of pushing infection rates down.”

Rapid testing can identify COVID 19 in people before they develop symptoms. Any parent with a child going to school or college has been encouraged to take one twice a week. You can order them online via, www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or collect them between 1.30pm and 7pm from test sites at Cannon Park, Pallister Park and Teesside University.