NHS test and trace

The Government launched the NHS test and trace service in May as part of its recovery strategy. This means that anyone who has symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell - this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Control the virus

You can help to control the virus by:

  • Getting tested if you develop any of the symptoms. Order a test online
  • Sharing information on your recent contacts if you test positive for coronavirus. See the NHS test and trace service
  • Self-isolating if you are contact by the NHS test and trace service and are advised to do so

Outbreak control plan

To support the test and trace service East Sussex County Council, in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, has developed the East Sussex Outbreak Control Plan. This sets out our plans to prevent and respond to cases of Covid-19 in our communities.