NHS Test and Trace

In England, you’ll be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive.

You'll be asked where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact* with.

This will help the NHS contact anyone who may have caught the virus from you.

If you test positive

You'll be asked to sign into the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing. On the contact tracing website, you'll be asked for information including:

  • your name, date of birth and postcode
  • if you live with other people
  • any places you've been recently, such as a workplace or University
  • names and contact details of any people you were in *close contact with in the 48 hours before your symptoms started (if you know these details)
  • If you cannot use the contact tracing website, you'll be asked for this information over the phone

*Close contact

Close contact is defined as –

  • people who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • sexual partners
  • a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
  • being coughed on
  • having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
  • having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
  • contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
  • a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
  • a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you've been in contact with someone with coronavirus and you are not fully vaccinated

What you'll be asked to do if you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus

  • self-isolateself-isolateself-isolate for 10 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – as it can take up to 10 days for symptoms to appear
  • do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care
  • try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
  • people you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
  • people in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms

The NHS test and trace service will identify any close contacts who will then be advised to self-isolate and given specific advice. The NHS service will not divulge the name of the positive person.

If you are told to self-isolate due to a contact with a person who has tested positive, your fellow students in your accommodation do not need to self-isolate unless you go on to develop symptoms. You only need to contact NHS 119 if you develop symptoms yourself.

If you've had two COVID-19 vaccine doses, please follow the self-isolation guidance available on the Self-isolation support for staff or students.

NHS Test and Trace app

As part of our University’s commitment to keep all staff, students and university community safe, we are requiring everyone on campus to download the NHS Test and Trace app. This is an important way to control the spread of the virus and includes several areas on campus where staff, students and visitors must “check in” using the app.

The app is completely anonymous, and has a number of tools to help protect people including contract tracing, local area alerts, a symptom checker and test booking. It also includes a QR venue check-in, which we will be implementing on our campuses to enable us to keep everyone safe when using on-campus facilities and building. When signing up, please use your term time address.

When arriving at a check-in site, you’ll see a poster with a QR code that you will need to scan using the “venue check-in” button on your app. Just hold your phone so that the official NHS QR code appears in the box and, when your phone recognises the code, it will show that you have successfully checked in.

Areas that will likely require check-in include study spaces, computer iLabs, food outlets and other shared spaces that tend to have higher levels of footfall.

Please ensure that you have downloaded the app onto your phone before heading to campus, and make sure to check in at any of the QR check-in points you come into contact with.

The more people who use the app, the more effective it will be – and it will help us get ahead of the virus, preventing further local lockdowns, and help protect ourselves and others in the community.

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