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Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Tracing

The HSE is making changes to the testing and tracing system, in response to the very high rates of positive tests seen over the last number of days, and the widespread increase in infections in our communities nationwide.

Main changes to COVID-19 Testing and Tracing, effective currently:

-The HSE will not be referring close contacts for a test. This is so that people who are symptomatic can be prioritised and receive a test as quickly as possible.

-People who received notification by SMS that they are a close contact must restrict their movements for 14 days. If they develop symptoms, they should call their GP or GP Out of Hours service and arrange a test.

-The text message that is sent to close contacts will now advise every close contact that they should restrict their movements and if they show symptoms they should immediately contact their GP to arrange a test. Close contacts can also access the advice for them on this link

 This temporary measure is being implemented in consultation with GPs, to ensure those who have symptoms are tested as quickly as possible and that we can continue to try to reduce the spread of the virus.

If you are unsure what it means to restrict your movements, watch this video from the HSE.