A case of the South African COVID-19 variant has been identified in the TS19 postcode area. All residents living in that postcode area are strongly encouraged to book a COVID-19 test.
For all other Coronavirus information including the current restrictions, any disruptions to Council services, how to book a COVID-19 test and the support available for residents and businesses visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus
There are a number of different COVID-19 tests including:
- Tests for people with symptoms
- Tests for people without symptoms
- Tests for people without symptoms who live with (or are in a childcare or support bubble with) children who go to school/college or adults that work in a school/college
You can read about the different tests available on this page.
Testing for the South African COVID-19 variant (for residents of the TS19 postcode area only)
A case of the South African COVID-19 variant has been identified in the TS19 postcode area. The evidence suggests this variant is more infectious than some other variants so we need to identify any further cases as quickly as possible.
If you are aged over 16 and live in the TS19 postcode area, we strongly encourage you to come forward and get tested, even if you do not have symptoms and even if you have already had the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you live in the TS19 postcode area and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you can:
- Book a test at a new mobile testing unit based in the car park of Tithebarn House on High Newham Road, Hardwick, TS19 8RH using this form.
- Book a test at one of the existing testing centres at Stockton Splash, Billingham Forum or Thornaby Pavilion. You must book a test using the links below:
If you are not able to book a test online, you can book one by telephone - call 01642 528474.
If you do have COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change in your sense of taste or smell) – no matter how mild – you must book a test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
If you fall into the ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ category and are shielding, and you have no symptoms, then we are not advising you to get a test unless you have symptoms, as you are safest staying at home.
There is no evidence to suggest this variant is any more severe than others but the more cases we find, the better chance we have of containing it.
All positive tests will be analysed to identify any further spread of the new variant first discovered in South Africa.
Testing for residents with COVID-19 symptoms
If you have COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – you must book a test online or by calling 119, it is important that you do this as soon as possible. If you are struggling to book a test please contact us on 01642 528474 or online using this form.
Even if you have had the COVID-19 vaccine you should book a COVID-19 test if you experience symptoms as it is possible that you became infected before you had the vaccine or before the vaccine took effect (this can take around two weeks). Though the evidence is really strong that the vaccine is effective, no vaccine is 100 per cent effective.
Please stay at home while waiting for the test. Only leave your home to have the test. Stay at home while you are waiting for your test result. You could be infectious and it is important that you do not spread the virus. Everyone in your household should also stay at home during this time.
There are testing sites available for residents who have COVID-19 symptoms where you can be tested although you must book an appointment, you cannot just turn up. These include:
- Billingham Forum car park (walk to or park on site, open Monday-Sunday, 8am-8pm)
- Cranworth Street car park, Thornaby (drive through, Saturday and Sunday, 9am-3.30pm)
- South Thornaby Community Centre, Thornaby (drive through, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-3.30pm)
- Dairy Car Park, Stockton (behind the Hampton by Hilton Hotel. Walk to or park on site, open Monday-Sunday, 8am-8pm)
If you test positive you will be contacted by the national or local Test and Trace advisors. The advisor will provide isolation advice. They will also questions about where you have been so that they can identify anyone you have been in close contact with. Test and Trace only works if you help by answering questions. We need your help to stop further transmission of the virus.
Please contact 01642 528474 or by completing this form if you want to share further information about contacts or require additional public health advice and support.
Testing for residents or people who work in Stockton-on-Tees without COVID-19 symptoms
The Government advises that one in three people who have COVID-19 do not experience symptoms. Identifying people who have COVID-19 without any symptoms helps to stop the spread of the virus because they know to self isolate.
Tests are free and appointments must be booked in advance.
How to book an appointment for a test for people without COVID-19 symptoms:
- You must book a test using the links below or by calling 01642 528474.
These testing centres are open 8am-4pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and 10am-6pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
Here you can read some ‘Frequently asked questions’ about the tests for people who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms
Testing for people without symptoms who live with (or are in a childcare or support bubble with) children who go to school/college or adults that work in a school/college
You can have a COVID-19 test twice a week if at least one member of your household, childcare bubble or support bubble goes to school or college, or works in a school or college. There are four ways to get a test:
- Through your employer if they offer testing for employees
- At one of the Borough's testing sites for people without symptoms. You can find out about them in the 'Testing for residents or people who work in Stockton-on-Tees without COVID-19 symptoms' section above or by using the COVID Test Finder
- By collecting two home testing kits from a local collection point. Each pack contains seven tests and anyone over 18 can collect them. You don't need to book in advance. You can find your nearest collection point by using the COVID Test Collection Finder
- You can order a home test kit online using the GOV.UK website