Renfrewshire Council

If you or a close contact have symptoms or test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

What to do if you or a close contact have symptoms, test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), are a close contact or you need support while self-isolating, returning to work.

What to do if:


If you or someone you know has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are not sure what the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are, you can check the self-help guide on NHS Inform.

If you show symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must:

Phone the coronavirus helpline (0800 028 2816) if you can't access the test form online or need help to complete it.

If you show symptoms at work

Your manager will take a note of your symptoms and arrange for you to get home safely. If you need to use public transport, keep away from other people and wear a face covering. Once you are home, make sure you get a PCR test as soon as possible.

You must follow the NHS guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection.

If you show symptoms at home

You should stay home and arrange a PCR test as soon as possible. 

Contact your manager who will let HR know and update your absence on Business World.

You must follow the  NHS guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection.

If you are sick

If you are sick and off work due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you must contact your line manager to let them know, following your normal reporting absence procedure. They will make sure you are supported and will notify the relevant people of your absence.

You must follow the NHS guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection.

Once you've recovered, contact your line manager to discuss your availability and return to work arrangements.

If someone you know has symptoms

If a member of your household or a close contact develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test.

They must follow the NHS guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection.


If you or someone you know tests positive

Given the uncertainty around the new variant the Government has introduced the following self-isolation and testing measures for all cases of Omicron. 

You should tell your manager immediately if you or a close contact test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). 

If you test positive, you must follow the NHS guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection.


If you're identified as a close contact

If you are identified as a close contact, you must follow the NHS guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection.

You can find more information about testing and self-isolation on the Scottish Government website.


If you need support when self-isolating

You must contact your manager to let them know you have to self-isolate, in line with your normal reporting absence procedure. 

Ask your manager if you need support while you are self-isolating so they can keep in touch with you remotely to offer support and advice. They will make sure you are supported and notify the relevant people of your absence.

You can also find lots of information and guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) on the NHS Inform website

The council is also here to support you. See our .

If you do not have a support network that can provide you with essentials such as food and medicine, contact the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.

Managers should follow the guidance for when a team member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).


Returning to work

Returning to work if you test negative

We are continuing to follow the latest NHS and government guidance on staying safe during coronavirus. We have the right measures in place to protect you and help you to follow the hygiene guidance. 

See the working safely during coronavirus section for more information.

You can return to work after a negative test result if:

  • everyone else in your household with symptoms has tested negative
  • you are well enough and have not had symptoms for 48 hours.

You must not return to work after a negative PCR test result if:

  • you have been identified as a close contact by the NHS Test and Protect service
  • someone in your house has tested positive
  • someone in your house has symptoms and has not been tested yet.

Contact your manager to discuss your availability and return to work arrangements. 

Returning to work if you had symptoms

If you stayed at home for 10 days because you had symptoms, you can return to work and your usual activities on the 11th day, as long as you feel better and you no longer have symptoms.

Returning to work if a close contact had symptoms

If you stayed at home because you were in close contact with someone who had symptoms, you should check the NHS guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection to find out what you should do and when you can return to work.

If, after your return to work, you, or anyone in your household or extended household develops new coronavirus symptoms at any point after ending a period of isolation, you should follow the NHS guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection again and get a test. 

Where to get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test in Renfrewshire.