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.
Last updated: 15 January 2021, 10.30am
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.
|Campus||Students (on-campus)||Students (remote study)||Staff (on-campus)||Staff (remote working)||Total|
*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.
The tables above show the numbers of new cases reported by affected individuals to the University for the day on which the report was made. The University is reliant on individuals reporting their positive test results promptly. If any delay occurs in reporting cases, the date on which they are recorded may differ to that on which the individual’s symptoms began or when they received a positive test result.
Since launching the voluntary Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test programme on 24 September we have administered nearly 8000 tests in Loughton, Southend and Colchester campuses. This asymptomatic testing has helped us identify COVID-19 cases on campus which alongside the many measures put in place at the University has reduced the spread of virus across the campus. From the 10 November we have replaced the Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test with the use of Rapid Antigen swab tests.
The Rapid Antigen test can pick up the active virus much earlier than the Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test - between 3-7 days (a time when an individual is highly infectious). Therefore, a positive antigen test would enable the university to move more quickly in reducing the risk of spreading the virus unknowingly.