Durham University - Coronavirus: New / updated FAQs https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/ RSS feed for Coronavirus: New / updated FAQs en-gb Durham University https://www.dur.ac.uk/images/template/logounidurham-new.png https://www.dur.ac.uk Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:46:17 +0000 I have a positive lateral flow test, what should I do now? If you have a positive lateral flow test, this suggests that you have a high viral load and that you could be spreading Covid-19, even if you don’t have any symptoms.  You will need to self-isolate immediately. Please inform your manager that you are self- isolating. You and your manager should complete the Oracle reporting process and web form (so that we can arrange to inform close contacts and for any areas to be cleaned). Further information is available at link and here. If you took your test in your College, we would also ask that you input your LFT test result on the form here. If you cannot access the online form to input your test results, please see the FAQ about test results. Please note that you are not obliged to provide your test data. If you took the test at a central site, the results will already have been recorded for you. If you are self- isolating and unwell, you must concentrate on getting better. In cases where you may be asymptomatic, your manager will explore you carrying out work from home (which may be slightly different to your normal duties). Time spent self- isolating would be paid. If you also took a PCR test and the result is negative, you and your household can stop self-isolating. https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7910&itemno=7910 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7910&itemno=7910 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:46:17 +0000 What if one of my colleagues tests positive and I have symptoms during my 10 day self- isolation period? If you develop symptoms during your 10 day self-isolation period, you should arrange a test as soon as possible (www.nhs.uk/coronavirus) and inform your manager of the outcome. If you test negative, you will still need to complete your period of 10 days self- isolation. If you test positive, you should self-isolate for ten days from the first onset of symptoms. Information about self- isolation is on the Health & Safety page. https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7828&itemno=7828 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7828&itemno=7828 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:13:15 +0000 One of my colleagues has tested positive for Covid-19, what should I do? If a colleague has a positive test (or symptoms), their manager will discuss with them whether they have been in close contact with any colleagues (which means within 2 metres for 15 minutes or more, or has had face-to-face contact (within one metre) for 1 minute) 2 days before their symptoms started or, if they don’t know when their symptoms started, within the last 10 days. If you have had close contact with the colleague, your manager will contact you and advise you that you must self-isolate for 10 days. Further information about the period of self -isolation is available on the Health & Safety page. If you develop symptoms during your self -isolation, you should arrange a test as soon as possible (www.nhs.uk/coronavirus). If you test negative, you will still need to complete your period of 10 days self- isolation. If you test positive, you should self-isolate for ten days from the first onset of symptoms. Please let your manager know the outcome of your test as soon as possible. https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7483&itemno=7483 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7483&itemno=7483 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:12:37 +0000 I have had a negative test following symptoms, when can I return to work? If you had symptoms and then you had a negative test, you must not return to work until your symptoms have gone and your temperature is back to normal (save for a cough, which may continue beyond any infection you may have had).  If you got a test because you had been in contact with someone else who has had a positive test, you will need to complete 10 days self- isolation, even if you develop Covid-19 symptoms and you have a negative test result. If you don't develop symptoms, you will have to complete your self- isolation period. More information on self- isolation periods is available on the Health & Safety page. https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7822&itemno=7822 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7822&itemno=7822 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:11:58 +0000 I have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace, what should I do? You may be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Scheme, normally by text, email or phone, to be informed that you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. We would ask that you immediately action all of the steps including logging onto the relevant Test and Trace website. You will have to begin a period of self-isolation for 10 days from the last contact you had with the person who has tested positive. If you develop symptoms, you must book a Covid-19 test as quickly as possible (via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus) and engage in the NHS Test and Trace Scheme as directed. If the test is negative, you may end your period of self-isolation after 10 days. You must contact your manager as soon as possible to inform them that you have been directed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You must not attend work. Your manager may ask to see the communication from NHS Test and Trace and may ask you whether the person who has tested positive is a work colleague.  If you are self-isolating without symptoms, you should work from home. If you cannot work from home in your role, your manager may discuss alternative duties or tasks which you can undertake from home. If you live in the household of someone asked to self-isolate as they have come into contact with someone with a positive test, if they develop symptoms, you would need to self-isolate for 10 days or until your household member received a negative test result https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7484&itemno=7484 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7484&itemno=7484 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:11:20 +0000 What if my child needs to self-isolate? If you have been advised that your child must self -isolate in accordance with Government Guidance (please see the infographic), we appreciate that this may pose childcare difficulties for the duration of self- isolation (up to 10 days). Please discuss such a situation with your manager. We would anticipate that many colleagues would be able to work from home, whether undertaking their usual or amended duties. There would be no impact on your pay for the period of self- isolation. Should your child develop symptoms at any time during self -isolation, you must book them a test and your family will also need to self- isolate.  https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7861&itemno=7861 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7861&itemno=7861 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:10:33 +0000 What is the Test to Release Scheme? On 15 December 2020, the Government launched the Test to Release Scheme. This Scheme is for international travel and individuals who need to self-isolate upon arrival in England. Under the Scheme, a private Covid-19 test can be paid for. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you left a destination not on the travel corridor list. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating. If the test is positive, you must isolate for a further ten days starting from the day that you took the test. Those in your household must self-isolate for 10 days. If the test is inconclusive, you must continue to self-isolate and may take another test. Tests provided by NHS Test and Trace do not allow you to shorten the self-isolation period. To take part in the scheme you need to: book a test with a private test provider – a list of private test providers will be published on GOV.UK soon choose to opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form You will be asked to enter details of your test in the passenger locator form. You must do this to take part in the scheme. You should book your test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form. If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form. You will have to pay the private test provider for your test. You will need to book an individual test for each person opting in to test to release, including children. The test provider will either send a test to your address or you can attend a testing site. You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from the testing site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible If you choose not to participate in the Scheme, you would need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in England. Further information is available here https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=8011&itemno=8011 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=8011&itemno=8011 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:58:04 +0000 When can I get a Covid-19 test? You can only book a Government test (www.nhs.uk/coronavirus) if you have symptoms of Covid-19. https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7825&itemno=7825 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7825&itemno=7825 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:50:35 +0000 Can new members of staff from outside the UK still come to the UK? At the moment the UK border is open. This may be subject to change at short notice. If a staff member/visitor has successfully gained a UK visa then they can still enter, however, the Government requires anyone coming to the UK from many countries to provide information about their journey and contact address via Public Health Passenger Locator Form. Arrival to the UK from many countries still requires individuals to immediately self-isolate at their contact address. The period of self-isolation is currently 10 days. However, from 15 December, the Government Test to Release Scheme also enables individuals to pay for a private Covid-19 test 5 full days after they left a destination not on the travel corridor list. If the test is negative, self-isolation may cease. Further information is available here and in the FAQ What is the Test to Release Scheme? Colleagues will not have to self-isolate if they are arriving in to England from a country on the travel corridors list. They will still have to provide their journey and contact details. They will, however, still be required to self-isolate if they have visited or stopped in any country that is not on the list in the previous 14 days (albeit the Government may be minded to reduce this period and we will update as further guidance becomes available). All UK Governments Guidance and that of other countries is subject to change. For information the full guidance is available to read here. https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=6945&itemno=6945 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=6945&itemno=6945 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:50:09 +0000 What paperwork do I need to complete? Before travelling to the UK, you will need to provide information about your journey and your UK contact address by completing the Public Health Passenger Locator Form to inform the UK Government of your address when you arrive. You may need to show you have completed the form so we recommend you bring a print out of the details if possible. If you wish to book a test with a private provider to enable you to end self-isolation after 5 days in the event of a negative test, you will need to book your test before you travel to England. This is so that you can enter the details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form. If you decide to take part on the scheme after you have arrived in the UK, you will need to complete another passenger locator form. https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7452&itemno=7452 https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/?id=7452&itemno=7452 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:48:53 +0000