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Government announcement that Care Home staff and Residents will now be tested

Last night the Government announced that care home staff and residents will now be eligible for coronavirus testing, with priority going to those in homes that look after the over-65s. All symptomatic and asymptomatic care home staff and residents in England are now eligible for testing. A online portal has also been launched which plans to make it easy for care homes to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits. Test results for residents will be communicated to care home managers and this information will also be provided to councils, to help manage coronavirus outbreaks in local areas. The Government states that tens of thousands of care home workers and residents have already been tested, either by Public Health England or at drive-through testing sites, mobile testing units and via satellite testing kits - packages of tests sent to care homes for staff to use on residents.


Lisa Ray
General Secretary