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COVID 19 Information

*If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and book a test via 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 covid19@linacre.ox.ac.uk. 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:

For travel advice:

Welfare Support

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: peer.support@linacre.ox.ac.uk.

The Common Room Welfare Officers (cr.welfare@linacre.ox.ac.uk) 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.

How does self-isolation work for students arriving from outside of the UK?
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What you must do when you arrive in England depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not. Please note that at the time of publishing this information there are no countries or territories on the red list for travel to England. However, this can change in the future, so please consult https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories to check up-to-date information.

If you are fully vaccinated, you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2, after you arrive in England. The day you arrive is day 0. You must book your test before you travel.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test (needs to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England)
  • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests, and then take them after arriving in England
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days

To qualify as fully vaccinated you must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days. Also, the vaccine must be administered under either:

Under what circumstances should I apply for a COVID-19 test?
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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. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should take an LFD test as soon as possible. If this test result is positive, you should treat this as confirmation that you have COVID-19. If negative, you should take another LFD test after 24 hours. If this test is also negative, you should book a PCR test.

How do I book a COVID-19 test?
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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

How do I get to a testing centre?
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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 I book a test?
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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 receive a positive LFD test result, you should treat this as confirmation that you have COVID-19.

In the event of a positive result:

  • Everyone in the household must isolate for a total of 10 days (unless they are not required to do so – please see more information below).
  • Self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.
    • If you receive negative test results at least 24 hours apart on days 6 and 7 of your self-isolation, you can finish your self-isolation unless you have a high temperature.
  • Household members do not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
    • they are fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
    • they are under 18 years, 6 months old
    • they are taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
    • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

In the event of a negative result:

  • Everyone in the household may end isolation, unless you are instructed otherwise.
  • If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 yourself you do not need a test. Only arrange a test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms.

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.

What about symptom-free testing?
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Staff and students are encouraged to use the LFD Collect service to test regularly, and to report results to the Early Alert Service and the NHS twice a week. You can access tests either via LFD Collect or another government-sponsored scheme.

The LFD Collect service means that you can pick up pre-packed LFD test kits to use at college or home from:

  • your college reception (each college will issue kits only to its own members)
  • the Weston Library (12–4pm, Mon to Fri)
  • the Richard Doll Building on the Old Road Campus (8.30am–4pm, Mon to Fri)
  • Radcliffe Humanities in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (9am–5pm Mon to Fri but not between 12.30 and 1.30pm)  
  • IT Services Reception Desk, 13 Banbury Road – 01865 (2)73200 (8.30am–5.30pm Mon to Fri)
  • the Cairns Library Reception, Level 3 Academic Centre, at the John Radcliffe Hospital (10am–12noon on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri; 2pm–4pm Wed)

You should aim to get tested on the same days each week, e.g. Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday.

What is the guidance concerning self-isolation and COVID19?
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If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home.

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

You should take an LFD test if you have any of these symptoms, and should only book a PCR test if you have these symptoms and have symptoms and have received two negative LFD test results 24 hours apart. Tests are available through the University's Early Alert Service for all students and staff. 

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 unvaccinated members of your household should also self-isolate.

If your test result is positive, members of your household who have not had 2 COVID vaccinations with an MHRA-approved COVID-19 vaccine will be required to self-isolate for 10 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.

UPDATE 1st December 2021 - If you are a contact of someone with the Omicron variant you must self-isolate as outlined by the Government, regardless of your vaccination status. Self-isolation rules for other variants have not changed.  

If you are in College Accomodation and required to self-isolate you must follow these rules:

  • If you are not residing in an ensuite room, you will only use the shower and toilet facilities that have been allocated to you by the Accommodation Manager. 
  • You will only use the household kitchen when no one else from your household zone is using the kitchen. The Head Resident or another current student member will assist you to organise this. When you have used the kitchen you must sanitise the surfaces and areas you have used with the cleaning supplies provided and you must inform the College if these supplies are running low.
  • You will not use libraries and study spaces, or other shared facilities.
  • You will not invite anyone into your room, or go into anyone else’s room.
  • You may only leave your room in exceptional circumstances such as for urgent medical assistance and when you cannot arrange for essential supplies to be delivered to you, and you must wear a face mask / face covering in all areas whenever doing so, including outside.
  • You will engage with the support from College regarding the provision of food during your period of self-isolation and will inform the College of your dietary requirements. When you pick up your key you will be given further guidance regarding this support.
  • When entering and leaving all buildings you will use the hand sanitiser stations. 

If you are in private accomodation, you must follow current UK Government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

If you have symptoms, you should stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you continue to share a household.

Reduce the spread of infection in your home by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, and cover coughs and sneezes.

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not improve after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus (COVID-19) service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

If you develop new coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you must follow the same guidance on self-isolation again.

If you are in College Accomodation and have been tested via the University Early Alert Service, the College will be informed and follow a set procedure to contact you and your household members and offer appropriate support. If you are in private accommodation and you have been tested via the Early Alert Service, the College will also be informed and make contact with you and offer appropriate support. You can register non-University test results through the Early Alert Service.

If you use the NHS service, please inform College of the test and of the result by contacting the College Reception during office hours (01865 271650) and the College Duty phone (07837142095) out of hours.

All students must provide College with a phone number that will work in the UK that we can call them on and they must make sure that their phone is turned on. It is essential that we are able to contact all students, and particularly crucial in order for the University Test and Trace system to function. If you have not given us an up to date phone number, please do so now by sending it to the Academic Registrar: academic.registrar@linacre.ox.ac.uk

What are the face mask/face covering requirements in Linacre college?
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From Wednesday 1 December, face coverings are required in University libraries (unless you are exempt). In addition, you are also now expected to wear face coverings in all lectures and classes, in museums, and when moving around buildings. They should also be worn in small group teaching such as tutorials, unless the group agrees otherwise. 

As part of the College's ongoing health measures to help keep everyone safe, we encourage the wearing of face coverings in the shared areas of Linacre buildings, like: Reception, Dining Hall (except when eating and drinking), Common Rooms, Library (except when seated and working), shared public bathrooms, all public circulation spaces, and also when visiting staff in their offices. 

Where can I find support for my mental health?
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Detailed information about College welfare resources can be found in the links on the right of this page.
 
The Student Welfare and Support Services, including Counselling and Disabilities, is hoping to be in a position to offer a good mix of online and in person appointments and events in the 2021/22 academic year, depending on students’ preferences, space capacity and the restrictions in place at the time.
 

The University has subscribed to Togetherall, a free to use service giving access to a global welfare community, moderated by mental health professionals. It provides a safe space for students to help self-manage their mental health and wellbeing - whether they are struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope. To join, students should go to https://togetherall.com/ and register under “I’m from a university or college” with their Oxford e-mail address. This service is available to all students with an active University e-mail address and can be accessed from anywhere via a web browser. 

The following websites provide a range of online resources and advice for managing your mental health during this challenging time:

Activities and Distractions:

Additional Mental Health welfare resources compiled by the Common Room can be found here

My teaching, research and / or fieldwork has been disrupted. What can I do?
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There is now detailed information on the University website for all students about measures in place to address disruption to studies: https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/students?wssl=1. If you have any questions about this information and guidance and would like to discuss your options, please email the Senior Tutor.