Testing, self-isolation and reporting

Testing, self-isolation and reporting

The safety of Coventry University Group students, staff and the communities we’re located in has always been our primary concern throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We appreciate that many people remain concerned about COVID-19 and want to know about our ongoing response and planning.

Senior management across our locations in Coventry, London and Scarborough continue to co-ordinate our response using the advice of the UK Government and public health officials. Health and safety is a priority and we continue to take a co-ordinated and informed approach.

We have a number of staff who are experienced in dealing with public health issues and we are taking all required steps and precautions in line with official advice.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been told to self-isolate, stay at home and report it to us.

For any illness where you are too unwell to study, you should contact your registry team and let them know the module code, date and time of session, and the reason for your absence – this includes if you are learning online.

FAH – registryenq.fah@coventry.ac.uk

EEC – facultyregistry.eec@coventry.ac.uk

FBL – facultyregistry.fbl@coventry.ac.uk

HLS – registry.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Coventry University London – registry.london@coventry.ac.uk

CU Coventry – registry.cuc@coventry.ac.uk

CU Scarborough – registry.cus@coventry.ac.uk

CU London – registry.cul@coventry.ac.uk

Courses and modules are delivered through the Aula platform, enabling you to access lectures and resources online, so you can catch up on anything you might miss.

Government advice provides that if you live at university, you should not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time.

If you live out of the local area, you should only travel to campus for your timetabled learning activities if you are studying on an exempt course, or have booked a space to study in one of the buildings on Coventry campus.

If you are not local to the campus or on an exempt course, you should stay at home and not travel between term time addresses.

Current government guidance advises to avoid travelling in or out of your local area and to reduce the number of journeys you make. However, you can still travel for a number of reasons, including travelling to education. If you can walk or cycle where possible, this is encouraged, and the Coventry campus has a number of secure cycle racks where you can store your bike if you travel this way.

If you use public transport, please think about the times and route you travel to avoid the busiest times where you can. In line with government guidance, you must wear a face covering on public transport.

You should not travel to campus if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to self-isolate.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you have any of these symptoms, even very mild, you must:

  • Stay at home: do not come to campus or visit a doctor or pharmacist but do seek medical advice by telephone or on-line.
  • Immediately self-isolate in line with the latest government guidance
  • Book a COVID-19 test: use the NHS online coronavirus service or call 119.
  • Let us know: report your symptoms using our coronavirus reporting forms for tracing purposes and so that you can be offered the appropriate support.

Please visit the Department of Health and Social Care website for the latest information.

We continue to liaise with officials from Public Health England and are constantly monitoring for updated advice, and continue to update the information provided on the staff and student portals in line with this.

Please follow advice from the government and check the advice regularly as the government continues to review its guidance.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you have any of these symptoms, even very mild, you must:

  • Stay at home: do not come to campus or visit a doctor or pharmacist but do seek medical advice by telephone or on-line.
  • Immediately self-isolate in line with the latest government guidance
  • Book a COVID-19 test: use the NHS online coronavirus service or call 119.
  • Let us know: report your symptoms using our coronavirus reporting forms for tracing purposes and so that you can be offered the appropriate support. This also enables the University to take action to prevent further spread if you had been on campus whilst infectious.

The initial symptoms of COVID-19 can be more general, such as headaches and fatigue. We recommend anyone who is unwell take the precaution of staying at home if they can.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you'll be contacted by email, text or phone by the NHS Test and Trace service. Test and Trace helps to identify people you have been in ‘close contact’ with so they can be advised to self-isolate and limit the spread.

We are working closely with the service to support and speed up this important work.

It’s strongly advised that students attending campus access community Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) as follows: 

  • Regular attendance; two tests per week, at least three days apart and 30 minutes before entering any buildings on campus 
  • Occasional attendance; one test, at least 30 minutes before entering any buildings on campus 

Details of community testing facilities are available in the next FAQ below.  

If you have received a positive test result for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, it is recommended that you continue to access regular Lateral Flow Testing, unless you are still in your isolation period.  

About Lateral Flow Testing 

A lateral flow antigen test (LFT) detects the coronavirus antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with coronavirus. These are quicker tests that produce a result within 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to be processed. 

From arrival at the testing location, it should take no longer than 30 minutes to administer the test. It is usually around 10 minutes. 

You will receive a message with your results by text or email, depending on which details you provided when you registered. In most cases results should be available in as quick as 30 minutes after taking a test. 

If you receive a positive LFT result, you should  

  • Immediately self-isolate in line with the latest government guidance 
  • Stay at home: do not come to campus or visit a doctor or pharmacist but do seek medical advice by telephone or on-line. 
  • Book a COVID-19 test: use the NHS online coronavirus service or call 119. 
  • Let us know: report your symptoms using our coronavirus reporting forms for tracing purposes and so that you can be offered the appropriate support. This also enables the university to take action to prevent further spread if you had been on campus whilst infectious.

Symptom free community testing is currently available as follows:

Coventry

Coventry-based students can access symptom-free testing (Lateral Flow Testing). The tests are quick and free and results are usually available in less than 30 minutes. 

From Saturday 16 January until at least the end of March a university-run testing centre is open to staff and students in Priory Building. You will need to book in advance. 

Coventry City Council is also running a community test centre at Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, CV1 1JD. There is no need to book an appointment, but you will be asked for a form of ID and your campus security pass should suffice. 

London

Scarborough

Symptom free community testing is currently not available in Scarborough. We have identified students who will need to access testing and have contacted them directly; if you feel like you should have been contacted and have not, please contact the Scarborough Customer Services Desk.

Please note, students should only be on campus if you are studying on an exempt course or if you are living on campus and require the use of essential facilities.

Students on campus are expected to follow government guidance and university health and safety measures that are in place, as outlined below.

  • Download the NHS COVID-19 App; we urge all Coventry University Group students and staff to download the NHS Covid-19 app. The app launched on Thursday 24 September as part of the large-scale NHS coronavirus testing and contact tracing programme. It can be downloaded from both the App Store and Google Play, and the more of us who use it, the more we can collectively and individually protect ourselves, each other and the communities around us.
  • Keep a contact record; we recommend you keep a diary of the people you have been in close contact with each day. This will help if you are asked to share this information.
  • Keep contact to a minimum; try to reduce the number of people you have contact with, particularly ‘close contact’ with anyone other than those you live with. We have reduced teaching groups to smaller sized ‘pods’ to help support this.
  • Minimise the time you spend on campus; wherever possible, you are encouraged to only attend campus for your timetabled learning, for one-to-one appointments, and when using booked study spaces.

 

If you need to self-isolate, you should inform your course director immediately, and let us know that you are self-isolating using the reporting form on the Student Portal so that we can offer you any further support you might need in terms of learning and your personal wellbeing.

If you are living in university-owned accommodation with FutureLets, the onsite teams can assist with food delivery, waste removal, cleaning packs and wellbeing support for the period of isolation. If you are living in privately-owned accommodation, please speak to your provider for details of the support available for self-isolation.

You can continue to access health, welfare and disability services online throughout your period of self-isolation. To explore a range of the services we offer, please visit the appropriate site information:

You can also continue to access our suite of Connections Matter resources designed to help you stay connected and healthy, both mentally and physically.

It is important to register with a doctor, also known as a General Practitioner (GP), who is local to where you live. Do not wait until you feel unwell to do this; register as soon as you can.  

More information and support, including advice about NHS prescriptions and charges, can be found on the Health and Wellbeing Portal GP page.  

If you are an international student, you may be required to pay an immigration health charge to be eligible for NHS treatment, which costs £300 per year. To learn more, visit our Immigration Health Charge page or contact studentsupport.io@coventry.ac.uk.

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