Information about Covid19:
Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Getting tested for COVID-19

Do I need to get tested for Coronavirus

Most people with the virus have at least one of these symptoms:

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  • A fever
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of sense of taste or smell

If you are unsure you can use the NHS Coronavirus online symptom checker, or call 111.

If you think you have symptoms;

  • you should stay at home and isolate and only leave home to get a test. You should isolate for 10 days.
  • If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, having been in contact with somebody positive, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early.

The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people.

For a full explaination of what self isolation means, when you should do it and the support avilable to you, please read our self isolation guide.

Read the self isolation guide

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you have been a close contact of someone with the virus, you only need to get a test if you have symptoms.

Otherwise, you should just stay at home and isolate for 10 days.

If you get tested and it comes back negative you still need to isolate for the full 10 days, as the virus could still develop.

If you have been told to self-isolate by the national Test and Trace service, you may then receive a follow up call from Cornwall Council local case review service.

Find out more about case review

Workers in self-isolation are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for every day they are in isolation, as long as they meet the eligibility conditions. 

Find out more about claiming sick pay

If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to the test and trace support grant. You can find out more on our financial support pages.

There are a number of testing sites and mobile units that work across Cornwall, but you must book a test and not just turn up, as you may be turned away.

Mobile unit locations sometimes vary but are often available in the following areas, but as they rotate venues often, there will be differing availability.

  • Camborne
  • Falmouth
  • St. Austell
  • Bude
  • Launceston

There are also permanent walk in testing facilities available at:

  • Penzance - St Erbyn's Car park
  • Truro - Tregurra park and ride
  • Falmouth - 51 Wellington Terrace
  • Liskeard - Westbourne Car Park
  • Plymouth -  information on sites in Plymouth is available on the Plymouth City Council website.

Book a test

You should book a test via the NHS website using the link above or if you have problems using the internet, call 119.

Please do not go to your GP surgery, or to an emergency department at a hopsital if you can't get a test. Please stay at home and continue to isolate.

After day 5 you must continue to self-isolate if you cannot get a test. You will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days following onset of symptoms and can stop self-isolation after 10 days if either: 

  • you do not have any symptoms
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone. 

Cornwall-based workers who carry out essential duties but are unable to work from home can now access twice-weekly asymptomatic testing using lateral flow devices.

Book a COVID-19 lateral flow test 

More information on community testing community testing and lateral flow devices