About Safe Places
Safe Places are the collective group of locations at increased risk of negative COVID impact that include:
- care homes including hospice
- domiciliary care workers including FNHC
- GP practices
- dental practices
- emergency services
These are the standard recommended testing programme for Safe Places.
- 2 PCR tests per month
- twice weekly LFT before to shift at home
- 7 daily LFT tests if identified as contact of a positive case
- twice weekly LFT
- PCR for new admissions to all enclosed communities
- LFT at home before a visit
- anyone who develops symptoms should have a PCR test
Positive PCR result
COVID-19 infection is confirmed by a PCR test.
If you have a positive PCR test, you should stay at home as much as possible, to stop the virus spreading.
Due to the increased level of risk in Safe Places, it is important that staff and residents follow the guidance for when you can safely leave isolation after a positive test.
For people who live or work in a Safe Place, following a positive PCR test they should:
- isolate for a minimum of 5 days from the positive test
- not return to work until you have completed the minimum 5 days and then had 2 consecutive negative LFT results 24 hours apart
Residents should not return to their normal routine with others until they have completed the minimum 5 days and then had 2 consecutive negative LFT results 24 hours apart.
Book a PCR test if you have symptoms
Support whilst isolating
If you have a positive test and don't have access to help and support through family or friends, you can call the coronavirus helpline who will be able to support you through the Connect Me service.
If you are unable to work because you are unwell and isolating after a positive test, you may be able to claim Short Term Incapacity Benefit.