Coronavirus information

All the latest information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) for residents in St Helens

Coronavirus Updates

2 July 2020

Do you need a coronavirus test?

If you have symptoms of coronavirus:

  • new, continuous cough
  • high temperature
  • loss of smell and/or taste

You should self-isolate and get a coronavirus test within 1-5 days of symptoms appearing.

The nearest regional testing centres are:

  • Haydock Park and Manchester Airport  (7 days a week, 10am – 4pm)
  • John Lennon Airport (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm)

You can pre-book an appointment at any of these sites where there is availabity including the mobile testing unit which is visiting Rainhill several times a month at website or by calling 119.

We are hoping to have additional community testing offer for outbreak testing and for testing our most vulnerable people who are unable to drive to a testing site.

For more information on how long to self-isolate and who else in your household needs to self-isolate, visit



30 June 2020

St Helens Covid-19 Outbreak Management Plan

Download the plan here

Download the summary plan here

All local authorities in England have to publish an outbreak management plan which outlines how they will protect people who live and work in the borough by preventing Covid-19 outbreaks.

The development of St Helens Outbreak Management Plan has drawn on local knowledge, experience and expert advice. The aim is to try to prevent outbreaks in St Helens by working closely with our local community to ensure we can enjoy our lives in a safe way.

In order to do this, St Helens has set itself an ambitious task to ensure we keep on top of the virus by having a Health Protection Board that meets each week and monitors the number of cases of Covid-19 we have in the borough, taking preventative action where we see cases rising.

The Health Protection Board will feed back to the Outbreak Management Board, which will be chaired by the leader of the council with political oversight of the work. The outcome of the work will be reported to the St Helens People’s Board, which is a public meeting.

While our aim is to prevent outbreaks by working together with care homes, schools, workplaces and communities to keep safe, we have to be prepared in case an outbreak is declared. This plan specifies how we will manage an outbreak and provides tools and templates to support this work.

To achieve the best results for us all in St Helens, the council and its  partners including the CCG will continue to work together with communities, workplaces, schools and care homes.

For more information, visit the St Helens Borough Council webpage on the Coronavirus Outbreak Management Plan here