Updated 25 February 2021
You could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate if you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate.
You need to self-isolate if:
- You have symptoms of COVID-19
- You have tested positive for COVID-19
- Someone in your household or support bubble has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-9
- You have been told to do so by the NHS Test & Trace or the University COVID Helpdesk
- You meet the definition of a close contact
In all cases please identify yourself as soon as possible to the Porters (01223 335900) and complete the University COVID-19 online monitoring form so important information can be disseminated to those who need to know in College.
What is a close contact?
A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 10 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). For example, a contact can be:
- people who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
- sexual partners
- a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
- being coughed on
- having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
- having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
- contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
- a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
- a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
Where an interaction between 2 people has taken place through a Perspex (or equivalent) screen, this would not be considered sufficient contact, provided that there has been no other contact such as any of those indicated above.
Contacts of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 need to self-isolate at home because they are at risk of developing symptoms themselves in the next 10 days and could spread the virus to others before the symptoms begin.
If you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then you will be notified by the NHS Test and Trace service via text message, email or phone.
If you have not been notified that you are a contact, this means you do not need to self-isolate and should follow the general guidance, for example, social distancing, hand-washing, and covering coughs and sneezes.
If someone outside your household has symptoms
If someone you have met outside of your household informs you they have COVID symptoms you are not required to isolate unless you or someone in your household develops symptoms or you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
NHS Test and Trace
If you are told by NHS Test and Trace that you have been in close contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus infection then you must self-isolate for 10 days (refer to NHS guidance on how to do this), even if you do not have any symptoms. Any other people in your household do not need to self-isolate but you must avoid close contact with them. You should only request a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms.
If you have symptoms
Getting your test result after contact with a confirmed COVID-19 infection
A negative result means you will have to continue your 10 days of self-isolation (because you have had close contact with someone with a confirmed infection you may still develop COVID after a negative test) but others in your household can stop isolating.
If you return a positive result anyone you have been in close contact with will be alerted by NHS Test and Trace and everyone else in your household must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms.