NHS Test and Trace
The aim of the national NHS Test and Trace service is to control the COVID-19 rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of infection and save lives.
This will help return life to as normal as possible, for as many as people as possible, in a way that is safe, protects our health and care systems and releases our economy.
This service will play a vital role in providing an early warning if COVID-19 activity is increasing locally, regionally or nationally. This information will then be used to inform the national approach to stop the spread of the virus.
Data for Warrington can be found on the national coronavirus data page (gov.uk).
NHS COVID-19 app
A new app launches on Thursday 24 September, to help people protect themselves, and others, against coronavirus.
The NHS COVID-19 app is part of the large-scale national testing and contact tracing programme called ‘NHS Test and Trace’.
It allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code, helping the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.
The app will help the NHS understand where, and how quickly, the virus is spreading, so it can respond appropriately. It does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.
The app is supported by new regulations, which also come into force on 24 September, which state that certain venues are legally required to display NHS QR posters. This includes all venues from the following sectors:
- leisure and tourism
- close contact services
- places of worship
- local authority venues
The QR posters will allow users of the new app to scan the QR code to ‘check-in’ as they enter a venue. This means that if people visit the venue and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time can be alerted.
To download the NHS COVID-19 app, search for 'NHSCOVID-19' in the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone.
The NHS Test and Trace app currently shows for some users in Warrington that they are in a "very high" risk area. This applies to some people from postcodes including WA2, WA4 and WA5. The current status of the entire borough of Warrington is that the town is a "high risk" area, not a "very high risk" area.
Warrington postcodes bordering Merseyside, but which share postcode areas eg "WA4", may show a "very high" risk level.