Local COVID alert level: high

Essex is on the high alert level, this does not include Southend and Thurrock who are on the medium alert level.

Check the latest guidance on what this means to keep yourself and others safe.

Getting tested for coronavirus

Updated 17 September 2020

Who can get tested?

Anyone who lives in Essex who has symptoms of coronavirus can now get tested.

You can book a test on the NHS website or call 119.

If you are an essential worker and you meet the criteria, book a test on GOV.UK.

Where can you get tested?

Testing centres are run by the NHS and Ministry of Defence.

They may offer you a test centre, depending on availability, at:

  • one of the national testing centres, in Stansted or Ipswich
  • or at local mobile testing site. The NHS provide us with locations on a weekly basis for the week ahead. Check current locations.

If you’re unable to visit a test centre

You may be able to book a home test on GOV.UK if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Additional NHS testing in North East Essex and Suffolk

Who is eligible?

NHS workers and their households who are showing symptoms:

Additional testing in Mid and South Essex

Who is eligible?

Essential clinical and non-clinical staff, including those working in primary care, community and mental health services, hospices, local authorities, care homes, domiciliary care and volunteers with symptoms:

  • Basildon, Southend or Chelmsford venues: Speak to your line manager who can provide access to an appointment or email mse.stafftesting@nhs.net.

For more information, visit the Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website.

Care home test kits

Visit GOV.UK to find out who can apply and how to apply for care home test kits.

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