As well as the physical measures in place, a key part of our outbreak prevention and control plan involves early awareness of any symptoms, and supporting our community to promptly and closely follow government regulations.
This page includes information on what staff and students should do if they experience Covid-19 symptoms.
If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, you should take the following steps as promptly as possible:
- ISOLATE yourself from others
- NOTIFY the University
- Book an NHS TEST
If you think another student or member of staff might have symptoms, you should encourage them to do the same.
Government guidance mandates that anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, or anyone who has received a positive test result, must self-isolate for at least 10 days and for as long as they still have a high temperature.
Completing the reporting form or using the helpline sends an automated alert through to the relevant support teams. This means we can take prompt action to request any additional cleaning, notify possible close contacts and provide support. This also means we will have early awareness of possible and confirmed cases, and can put in place additional measures if needed.
If you are worried that someone else has Covid-19, you should encourage them to self-isolate and notify us.
What will be happening in the background once I notify the University?
When a student or member of staff notifies us of a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19, various support measures are activated.
Support for self-isolating students in halls will be led by the hall manager. This will ensure meals, where appropriate, are taken to the student's door, rooms are properly marked as 'no entry', and others are supported to take appropriate measures if necessary.
Support for self-isolating students in private homes off campus will be led by the Off-Campus Affairs team. Students will be provided with packages containing some essential items to support them through the first few days of isolation. These packages will include hand sanitiser, toilet rolls, sanitary products for female students, a small food parcel and any relevant guidance leaflets or materials.
The student or staff member will be asked to provide details of where they have been on campus and who they have been in contact with, in case additional cleaning or other measures are required. In the event of a positive test result, NHS Test and Trace have the responsibility of contacting all those who have been in close contact with the individual, supported by the UoN Incident Management Team.
Is it my responsibility to tell my class/colleagues if someone has experienced symptoms?
Unless you have been asked to do so by the Incident Management Team, it is not your responsibility to share information about potential cases. Sharing partial or incorrect information without including the right advice and guidance could lead to unnecessary worry.
In the event of a positive case, all those who need to take action will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, supported by the Incident Management Team.