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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 Thursday 29 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

**NEW 29 October 2020** Change in alert level in Oxford 

The COVID-19 alert level for Oxford City will move to ‘high’ on Saturday 31 October. In line with Government guidance, the University will continue to remain open and operating, with no change to its own business continuity status level. There is no limit to group size when you are meeting or gathering for work purposes, but workplaces will continue to be required to meet the COVID-secure guidelines. Staff in education settings should continue to go into work as necessary. Travel to parts of the country at local COVID alert level of tier 3 or ‘very high’, should still be avoided, unless there is a valid reason for travel. Further advice is available via  

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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