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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:
The University’s Testing for COVID-19: Early Alert Service is now open to students and staff, providing rapid access to free tests.
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.