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COVID-19 dashboard

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is our priority, and this has been one of our focuses throughout 2020.

The University of Essex COVID-19 dashboard helps us track the impact of COVID-19 on our campuses and ensures students, staff and visitors are kept up to date on how the University is responding to prevent spread of the virus.

All reported case numbers listed below are based on student or staff reporting. We expect all students and staff to self-isolate and notify us if they receive a positive NHS COVID-19 test for us to record the data.

The dashboard is updated daily, Monday-Friday.

Also see: COVID-19 statements from University and Public Health England

Case data

New reported cases

Last updated: 30 October 2020, 3pm

Many of our staff and students are studying or working remotely, and are located in their own towns, cities and countries. The positive cases shown below include those members of our community who are studying/working remotely and those who are studying/working on campus at least in part, and have received a positive NHS COVID-19 test.

Daily update: new positive COVID-19 cases reported as of 29 October 2020

Campus Total
Colchester 0
Southend 0
Loughton 0

Current* positive COVID-19 cases as of 28 October 2020

Campus  Students (on-campus) Students (remote study) Staff (on-campus) Staff (remote working) Total
Colchester  7  4  0  4  15
Southend  0  0  0  0  0
Loughton  0 0  0  0  0

*A 'current' case is defined as an individual who has tested positive for the NHS COVID-19 test and is currently self-Isolating.

To protect everyone in our community we ask all our staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 to follow NHS England guidance and self-isolate. The ten day self-isolation period starts from the day symptoms begin or the date of a positive NHS test, if there are no symptoms. If an individual develops symptoms during the ten-day period of self-isolation they are required continue to self-isolate for a further 10 days from the day symptoms began.

Testing data

Rapid COVID-19 IgG/IgM antibody test facilities have been set up on each of our three campuses. The test takes just 15-20 minutes and is offered to all students arriving back at the University’s campuses and around 1,000 frontline staff. The testing programme aims to minimise the spread of any potential infections by ensuring the University can take appropriate action as quickly as possible.

Number of tests administered up to 29 October 2020

Campus Tests
Colchester  5731
Southend  842
Loughton  876


Protecting our community

Availability of Personal Protective Equipment on all campuses

Face coverings Hand sanitiser  Disinfectant 
 Green Green Green
  • Green = 30 day supply or more, with order date confirmed for less than 30 days
  • Yellow = Less than 30 day supply, with order date confirmed in more than 30 days
  • Red = Limited supply, with no confirmed order date.

Enhanced cleaning on all our campuses

Our Cleaning team work daily (Monday - Friday) and are currently working to an enhanced cleaning regime, whereby in addition to their standard cleaning regime, they also sanitise high touch-point areas through out the day such as door handles, door locks, push plates, drinking fountain spouts and handles, lift control panels and hand rails.

Throughout campus, wall-mounted hand sanitiser units are available for staff and students to use as well.

We clean the following areas daily:

  • Lobbies, Corridors, Stairwells, Lifts
  • Toilets, Changing Rooms & Showers
  • Lecture Theatres, Seminar Rooms, Auditoriums and E15 Studios & Workshops
  • Health Labs, Bio Labs, Research Labs
  • PC Labs, Communal PC Study Spaces
  • Photocopiers, Printers and Scanners
  • Library and Study Spaces
  • Common Rooms
  • Main Reception Areas in the following locations;
    • Estates Management Help Desk
    • Gateway Building Main University Reception (Ground Floor)
    • Hatfield House Main University Reception
    • Information Centre Reception
    • Albert Sloman Library Help Desk Reception
    • Silberrad Student Centre Main University Reception (Ground Floor)
    • Silberrad Student Centre Student Services Hub Reception (First Floor)
    • Sports Centre Reception
    • The Forum Student Services Hub Reception
  • Office Areas (Single, Shared and Open Plan) - All other departmental/section/service reception areas
  • Kitchen Areas – Staff and Student (non-residential)
  • Staff Meeting Rooms and Staff Rooms
  • External Areas: Squares, Plazas, Causeways, Pathways

The Residential Estate

Cleaning to the residential estate is as follows:

  • Lifts – cleaned once a day
  • Common Rooms – cleaned once a day
  • Kitchen general waste – removed daily
  • Kitchen recycling waste – removed weekly, or when full if earlier
  • Common Room general waste – removed daily
  • Common Room recycling waste – removed weekly, or when full if earlier
  • Shared entrances, stairwells and landings – cleaned once a week
  • Kitchens, flat entrances and hallways – cleaned once a week
  • Shared shower areas (Towers and Wolfson Court) – cleaned three times a week
  • Shared toilets (Towers and Wolfson Court) – cleaned once a day
  • Bedrooms – cleaned at the end of each tenancy
  • En-suite areas – cleaned at the end of each tenancy
  • Launderettes – rubbish removed and area cleaned daily
All numbers listed below are based on student or staff reporting. We expect all students and staff to self-isolate and notify us if they receive a positive COVID-19 test for us to record the data. Work is on-going to improve the reporting.