Staff: what to do if you think you might have symptoms
You have a possible or suspected case of COVID-19 if you are displaying any of the following symptoms:
- A new or continuous cough
- A high temperature (anything at or above 37.8 degrees)
- A loss of sense of smell or taste.
If you have these symptoms, you must take the following actions:
- You must immediately self-isolate. You should self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your symptoms. This means staying at home and not coming onto campus. If you are on campus, you should leave campus and return home.
- You must book a test with NHS Test and Trace. You should do this as soon as possible. You can book a COVID-19 test online with the NHS or by calling 119.
- You must let us know that you are self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms. You must complete the COVID-19 reporting form available on SharePoint. This form will ask for details about your contacts and movements on campus in the 48 hours before your symptoms began. You should also notify your line manager directly, although your line manager will also receive an automatic notice once you have submitted your form. Once submitted, you will receive a notice with details of the support available to self-isolating staff along with details of what you are required to do under this procedure.
- You should advise members of your household to self-isolate. If you have symptoms, members of your household may have been exposed to COVID-19. You should advise members of your household to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your symptoms and to seek a test should they start displaying symptoms also.
What should I do with my COVID-19 test results?
Once you receive your test result you must tell us if the test shows that you have COVID-19 or that it shows you do not have COVID-19.
If the test shows that you do have COVID-19, you must let us know about this by completing the COVID-19 reporting form available on SharePoint. You should continue to self-isolate and follow any instructions received by the University or by NHS Test and Trace or Public Health England.
We will also undertake contact tracing to confirm who you have been in close contact with at the University. We will advise these people to self-isolate also for up to 14 days and, if they start displaying symptoms, to get a test. Information about confirmed cases will also be shared with public health authorities who are working closely with us to control any possible outbreaks on campus.
If the test shows that you do not have COVID-19, and you are no longer displaying symptoms, you may return to campus and your contacts may return to campus also, provided they too are not displaying symptoms.
What should I do if NHS Test and Trace or the University advise me that I have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
If NHS Test and Trace or the University contact you to advise that you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you must immediately self-isolate at home and follow any instructions received from the University or NHS Test and Trace.
You must tell us that you are self-isolating by completing the COVID-19 reporting form available on SharePoint. Once submitted, you will receive a notice with details of the support available to self-isolating staff along with details of what you are required to do under this procedure.
Even if you have a negative COVID-19 test result, however the close contact has had a positive result, you are still required to self-isolate for the full 14 days.
Am I required to work while self-isolating with symptoms?
If you are unwell or it is not practicable to work from home during any required period of self-isolation, you must notify your line manager of your sickness absence through MyView, covering the period of your required self-isolation.
If you remain well and are able to do so, you may continue to work from home during this period of self-isolation. On submitting the COVID-19 reporting from on ServiceNow, your line manager will confirm any alternative working arrangements with you, as may be appropriate in the circumstances.
NHS COVID-19 App
From Thursday 24 September 2020, you should be able to download and use the NHS COVID-19 app on your smartphone. Through this app you can:
- Get alerted if you have been near other app users who have tested positive for COVID-19
- View information on the level of COVID-19 risk in your postcode district
- Get alerted if you have recently visited a venue where you may have come into contact with COVID-19. The University has created QR Codes for different venues on campus that you can use through the app to check into those venues
- Check if you have COVID-19 symptoms and see if you need to order a free test
- Book a test and receive your test result
- Keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.
All members of staff should download and use this app once it is available. You must still complete the form on Health and Safety ServiceNow as the University does not have access to data from the NHS COVID-19 App.
We all have a part to play in helping to control COVID-19. You can play your part by following the instructions above and through the following:
- Wash Hands – You must wash your hands frequently and use the hand sanitiser that has been made widely available in dispensers across campus
- Cover Face – You must wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces, including halls, stairwells, the Atrium, the Library and Student Central, unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering
- Make space – You must follow all social distancing measures in place on campus. Signs have been installed all around campus to assist you in following these requirements.
As part of this scheme, the University will need to share the information it collects through the COVID reporting forms with local public health authorities, your line manager and others as may be needed to ensure the scheme is effective. The detailed information collected through the COVID reporting form for contact tracing purposes will only be retained for 21 days.
If you have any questions you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the hotline 0300 0040341 during the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (UK time).