Please SELF-ISOLATE immediately.

This means that the pooled screening test from your testing pool was POSITIVE for SARS-CoV-2, and at least one of your household members contributed a swab. It is therefore very likely that somebody in your household has SARS-CoV-2 infection.

PLEASE SELF-ISOLATE IMMEDIATELY. This is very important to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection to others. Further advice on self-isolation can be found at:

Your College will be informed of this pooled screening test result, and PROVIDE SUPPORT.

Other members of your HOUSEHOLD should also isolate, whether OR NOT they contributed a swab or are participating in the asymptomatic screening programme. Further advice on household isolation can be found at:

IF members of another household or households contributed swabs to the positive pooled screening test, THEY AND THEIR HOUSEHOLDS should also self-isolate, and will be contacted directly.

Everybody who contributed a swab to the positive pooled screening test will be offered an individual confirmatory test. This will allow us to confirm the positive pooled screening test result, work out who is infected, and determine how long you will need to remain in self-isolation. 

Since you did not contribute a swab to the positive pooled screening test, you will NOT be booked for an individual confirmatory test.

Further guidance on the duration of self-isolation will be sent by text message, or communicated by your College, when the results of individual confirmatory tests from the relevant members of your household are available. Please contact your College, or email us at: if you have not received this information by 3PM the day after you received your pooled screening test result.

In a small number of scenarios, a second round of individual tests will be required. In that case, all necessary information will be provided by text message, email or telephone.

Please use the University’s COVID-19 monitoring form to report that you are self-isolating:

Further information about the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme is available on the Stay Safe Cambridge Uni website:

If you have any unanswered questions, please contact your College, call the COVID-19 helpdesk on 01223 339514 (if urgent) or email us at:

Thank you for helping us keep Cambridge safe!