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COVID 19 Information
*If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and book a test via the COVID-19 University Testing Service or the National Health Service Testing Service you must notify College by calling the College Duty Phone on: 07837142095.*
The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We are committed to supporting our students' wellbeing and have put together the following statements and FAQs.
Please note: all information in these statements was correct at the time of publication - we will update this based on advice from Public Health England and University guidance found here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-advice
Additional questions related to COVID19 may be made by emailing email@example.com. You will only receive a reply from the covid19 email address between Mon-Fri 09:00 to 14:00. If your message is very urgent, you should call the Duty Phone.
Given that the situation is evolving rapidly, staff and students are asked to continue to visit and regularly check the following websites for the latest updates and guidance:
- the University's FAQs page for students and staff http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-advice
- the Public Health England website and Twitter page
- NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For travel advice:
From 5 January 2021 England will be in National Lockdown
Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown (for full details see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home)
Please also read the Briefing Note for Linacre College Students circulated on 5th January 2021 which details how college facilities, accommodation and licence agreements have been impacted by the new guidance.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
- You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
- You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
- You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
- Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
*UPDATE: Lateral Flow Tests and Returning to Oxford*
Linacre will be supporting the University and UK Government programme to supply three Lateral Flow Tests for all students returning to Oxford. This programme has not yet been fully set up and Linacre has not received a new supply of tests to use for returning students as yet but we hope to do so in the next few days. However, we recognise that many Linacre student members are planning their return to Oxford far earlier than this pan-University programme envisages.
If you are returning to Oxford on or before Monday 11 January please follow the instructions below. If you are returning on or after Tuesday 12 January please await further instructions. We will send you more information as soon as we have it.
If you are returning to Oxford on or before Monday 11 January, you should email Jaye Newbrook as soon as possible, with your proposed time and date of return to Oxford. We will then place three tests that we have from our existing stock into your pigeon hole in an envelope. You should take one test immediately, one on the 3rd day after your return and one on the 10th. You should report each result to Jaye Newbrook. We will pass on the results to the University testing centre as soon as the main scheme is up and running.
If you are returning to Oxford on or after Tuesday 12 January, please hold off contacting us for now as we hope the University EAS system will be in place by then and we’ll communicate as soon as we know any more.
We do need to remind you of a few points at this stage as well:
- These lateral flow tests are only for use by people who do not have COVID symptoms and are testing routinely on their return to Oxford. If you have symptoms you should book a symptomatic test via the normal EAS University service. If you do have any symptoms or are isolating you must not, of course, travel to Oxford.
- If you are arriving from a non UK origin and that country is not on the UK ‘travel corridor’ list you will need to isolate for 10 days anyway and therefore should not use this Lateral Flow Test programme. The lateral flow is not sufficiently robust to qualify for ‘test and release’ so the legal duty to isolate remains in place even if you did take the LF tests. Only a full PCR test is sufficiently sensitive to ‘release’ you from the need to self-isolate for 10 days.
- It is vitally important that you return all three lateral flow test results. The University is considering asking anyone who does not wish to take these tests or who does not log their results to self-isolate for ten days. You need to complete all 3 tests and get 3 logged negative results in order to participate in in person teaching, etc., so it is important to return all 3 results to Jaye Newbrook while we await the centralised logging system.
- You should familiarise yourselves with the teaching and travel guidelines that the University has published here https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/christmas-vacation before making any new travel plans.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Help is available to support your wellbeing, both from College and the wider community.
We understand that this will be a difficult time for many and that the impact of the pandemic will be felt particularly by those having to isolate or stay away from loved ones. Linacre’s Peer Supporters have been trained to help other students think through issues and provide emotional support in a safe and confidential way. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them at: email@example.com.
The Common Room Welfare Officers (firstname.lastname@example.org) are another point of contact for any member of the College who is in need of advice and support.
The University has developed guidance available here https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/welfare which signposts a number of different internal and external support services and their contact details.
For welfare emergencies that require urgent, non-medical attention, please call the College Duty Phone on 07837 142095. The College Welfare Team - Junior Dean, Senior Students and Senior Management Team (Senior Tutor, Principal, Finance Bursar and Domestic Bursar) - will follow-up as required on a 24/7 basis.
For medical emergencies you should call 999.
The University’s Testing for COVID-19: Early Alert Service
How can I apply for a test?
Booking through the University testing service is done online at: https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health/covid-testing . You will need to sign in using your SSO, and you will need to be on a University network, Oxford eduroam or VPN. You will need to complete a booking form, giving your personal details including NHS number, and confirm that you have symptoms that you feel could be due to COVID-19 infection. You will be given a choice of times and, if both testing centres are open, a choice of locations.
If you do not have access to the University network, Oxford eduroam or VPN, you will need to book a test via the National Health Service system: https://bit.ly/3i6i2xy
Under what circumstances should I apply for a COVID-19 test?
The three main symptoms that NHS guidance asks you to look out for are high fever, a new continuous cough and loss of taste or smell. Most people with COVID-19 have at least one of these. However, you can also book a test if you are concerned about other symptoms which you feel might be associated with the virus. You should not book a test if you have no symptoms.
How do I get to a testing centre?
The two University testing centres are pedestrian or bicycle access only. If you are too unwell to walk or travel by bicycle to the testing centre you should seek NHS help, either by contacting your own GP, phoning 111 or in an emergency phoning 999. You should not travel to a testing centre by public transport. The NHS testing site at Oxford Parkway, which is not part of the University testing service, is accessible by car, and tests can be arranged online.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and book a test via the COVID-19 University Testing Service or the National Health Service Testing Service you must notify College by calling the College Duty Phone on: 07837142095.
At what point should I and my household self-isolate?
If you book a test it indicates that you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 and should self-isolate until you receive the result. If you have one of the three main symptoms of COVID-19 listed above (high fever, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell), other members of your household should also self-isolate. If your test result is positive, your household will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and you will be required to self-isolate for at least 10 days, or for as long as your symptoms persist if that is greater than 10 days. Further information on self-isolating is given below.
For further information about the University and the National Health Service test and trace service see https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health/covid-testing, and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/, respectively.