NHS Test and Trace is part of the government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.
The aim is to identify outbreaks early, reduce the spread of infection and save lives.
The Council’s role has developed considerably throughout the course of the pandemic.
The contacting of cases by the Council has provided vital information to assist in the identification of high risk settings. Multiple cases linked to the same setting have been identified. Advice on isolation and financial support has been given to cases.
In March 2021, The Council joined the ‘Local-0’ pilot.
The Council’s contact tracing team is responsible for contacting all cases as soon as they are recorded on the national system.
Local testing capacity
Testing is available for people who have symptoms (symptomatic) and for those who have no symptoms (asymptomatic).
Symptomatic testing is provided at three types of test site on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care:
- Regional Test Site: The site is located at Cannon Park on Newport Road
- Mobile Testing Units: Currently at Hemlington
- Local Testing Sites: At the Pallister Park car park
Symptomatic tests can be booked online or by calling 119. The LTSs are walk-through facilities.
In addition to the above sites, anyone with symptoms can order a home test kit online or by calling 119.
From April 2021, everyone in England has been encouraged to take part in regular testing designed to find positive cases among people without symptoms.
In Middlesbrough, assisted LFD testing for people without symptoms can be accessed at Newport Community Hub.
LFD home kits can also be ordered online or dialling 119 for home delivery.
The Council has supported a number of high-risk businesses to host on-site regular LFD testing.