If you test postive you must self-isolate

If you test positive for COVID-19

You should follow the advice given by the NHS Test and Trace Service and provide details of your recent close contacts. Current guidance is that if you test positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for 10 days and your entire household group must self-isolate for 14 days. If you live in College, they, along with any nominated self-isolation supporters you already named, will support you during this time. Refer to your College website for FAQs on this and related matters. 

If you receive a positive test result, you must alert your Porters’ Lodge straight away, so they can inform the College Nurse and/or your Tutor. Do not go to the Porters’ Lodge in person. You should report in this way whether you live in College or private accommodation. This will help your College provide you with support and also allows us to fulfil our obligations to local public health authorities.

If you are a member of staff, you should not enter the workplace under any circumstances, and ensure that you keep your line manager up to date.


If you have been in contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 infection  

  • If you are told by NHS Test and Trace that you have been in contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus infection then you must self-isolate for 14 days (refer to NHS guidance on how to do this).  

  • If you have been told by NHS Test and Trace that you have had close contact with someone who has an infection but you do not have symptoms, then any other people you live with in your household do not need to isolate but you must avoid close contact with them 

  • If you do have symptoms then you and any other members of your household must self-isolate, while you obtain a test with the University or NHS (see 3.1).  

  • A negative result means you will have to continue your 14 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 you live with can stop isolating 

  • If you return a positive result everyone else in your household must isolate for 14 days from the start of symptoms. 

  • If someone you meet outside of your household tells 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.  


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