The Scottish Government's Test and Protect initiative was launched nationally on Thursday 28 May 2020. Under Test and Protect, contact tracers will identify cases of COVID-19, contact the people they have been in close contact with, and then ask them to self-isolate for 14 days to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. There is guidance available for both the public and employers on the initiative.
Anyone with the symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell should visit NHS Inform or call 0800 028 2816.
Those who need extra help can call the Fife Council Covid Community Helpline on 0800 952 0330 or the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000. Both helplines are available from Monday to Friday at 09:00 to 17:00 and arededicated to helping those who are shielding, cannot leave their home, and cannot get the help they need from family or friends or online.
Fife's approach to Test and Protect
NHS Fife Public Health team has a wealth of experience in contact tracing and will be working with colleagues across Health and Social Care, including Fife Council, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and the independent, third and voluntary sectors in Fife. The expanded Fife contact tracing team will be supported by the development of a national contact tracing service in the next few weeks.
For further information and guidance on this approach, click here.
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