Schools update: Change to C19 testing arrangements in south Cumbria

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***The normal Friday update will be issued later today***

Changes to COVID-19 testing arrangements for schools in south Cumbria

Schools in south Cumbria (Barrow and South Lakeland district council areas) are no longer able to access COVID-19 testing for staff or pupils via local (Pillar 1) NHS testing facilities.

This is because local testing laboratories are now at capacity and the NHS must prioritise its own key workers and patients.

Tests can now only be booked via  or by calling 119.

National testing capacity has improved and generally people are not experiencing serious difficulty booking a test.

The Cumbria COVID-19 summary flowchart for schools has been updated to reflect this change.