Community coronavirus testing

1 in 3 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms, but for some catching coronavirus can have serious consequences. You could be spreading the virus to those you care about without knowing it.

Cases in the city are rising. In areas where we've seen an increase in the number of cases, we're offering community coronavirus tests for those without symptoms.

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Testing is voluntary, it will help you make informed decisions to help keep you, your family and friends as safe as possible, and help protect those most vulnerable to coronavirus.

Community testing invitations

If you're living in an area which has been identified as having a rising number of coronavirus cases, we will contact you:

  • through community groups
  • through your local councillor
  • by a letter delivered to your address

Any letters issued will include the City of York Council letterhead and the Public Health email address.

When you're invited, the invitation will confirm:

  • the area in which you live
  • the location of your community testing site
  • the dates and times when the testing site will be open
  • details of how to book your appointment

If you have any concerns about the authenticity of any invitations received asking you to attend at a community testing site, you can contact the Public Health Team.

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Booking your test

You must not attend at the community testing site unless you have received an invitation and made an appointment.

If you've received an invitation, book to have a test online following the instructions provided.

If you're unable to make a booking online, you also have the option to book by telephone.

Testing can be undertaken on anyone aged 5 and over. We don't recommend being tested if you have tested positive in the previous 90 days.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus please do not attend this site, instead book a test online through the NHS website or by calling telephone: 119.

When booking a symptomatic coronavirus test you should select the Poppleton Bar site, or a home testing kit.

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Getting your results

You should get your results within 24 to 48 hours of your test.


  • a negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time
  • it's possible to become infected in the hours or days after taking a rapid test - so you must continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and good hand hygiene
  • this type of testing will only be effective if people continue to follow the guidance

If you receive a negative test result you can continue as you were, according to current local or national restrictions.

If you receive a positive test result you must self-isolate for 10 days.

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Also see

Public Health Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 555756