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Despite the significant upheaval caused by coronavirus, the University continues to perform its vital role of delivering world-class teaching and research. As we welcome students back to Oxford, and adjust to new ways of delivering teaching and undertaking research, our first priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our people.

Latest updates (last updated Monday 19 October 2020)

Advice and support for managing COVID-19 cases

If you're a Single Point of Contact or a staff member dealing with the response to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 here are some useful contact points for any queries.

For staff enquiries related to booking a University
For queries from Single Points of Contact or college nurses about managing individual positive cases, including public
For staff operational queries or advice about the implementation of case management protocolsWithin office hours
Outside of office hours or in the event of a serious incident
01865 289999

Update on new Government guidance

On Monday 12 October, the UK Government confirmed that Oxfordshire is currently in the UK Government’s ‘medium’  COVID alert level. This means that while existing national restrictions continue to apply, no additional restrictions are in force for the area at present.  Please continue to observe all health guidance, to prevent Oxford moving into a higher local COVID alert level. Further advice is available on the UK Government website.

Guidance and advice

Testing for COVID-19 – Early Alert Service - (SSO required)

  • watch our video about the University-wide Health Campaign, which promotes the behaviours we must adopt to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Remember not everyone can comply with certain measures such as face covering. Please be considerate;
  • visit the University’s Testing Service if you have primary COVID-19 symptoms. Consult this flowchart for the process you need to follow. Rapid identification and isolation of positive cases is essential to slow the spread of the virus. Anyone with one of the main symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home or immediately return home and book a test;
  • understand that if you receive a positive test result from a service other than that provided by the University (eg the NHS), you must complete the form for reporting external COVID-19 positive results and notify your department and college so they can take appropriate action to keep others safe and activate any relevant contingency plans.

NHS COVID-19 app

  • download the NHS COVID-19 app, which is available on smartphones from Google Play and the Apple App Store. We encourage you to use the app as it includes a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. Tracing recent close contacts of anyone who has tested positive is important for containing the virus.

Onsite working (SSO required)

Remote working

Mental health and Wellbeing

Go to one of our many mental health services if you’re feeling anxious for example:

COVID-19 case response protocols (SSO required)

The University will continue to review the measures to keep our community safe and its COVID-19 emergency response status in light of Government and local health authority advice.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and understanding during this challenging and uncertain time.

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