How To Directory

Regular Testing

NHS Guidance encourges everyone to take a rapid test twice a week (every 3-4 days) to check if you have the virus. These can be collected from Highfield Campus, Building 38 lobby, Halls Receptions or your local pharmacy.

 

What do we do if a member has tested positive/is showing symptoms for Covid-19?

General 

  • If a member informs a committee of a positive case or having to self-isolate, the committee should report this to activities@susu.org
  • The individual should notify the University if they are self-isolating or have tested positive via this form
  • Where people are self-isolating (either due to testing positive or being advised to), it is good practice for the person on your committee with responsibility for welfare to check on them electronically (not in person) to make sure they are ok and see if they need support.
  • You should not be telling your members to get an NHS coronavirus test unless they are showing symptoms. University tests should be done by people who are asymptomatic, and as scheduled.
  • Where advice is given for housemates, this also applies to people in a ‘support bubble’.
  • Please be respectful of people who test positive – get their permission before sharing their name with others.

 

Close Contact Definition 

The NHS define a close contact as: 

  • Someone who has been within 2 meters for fifteen minutes or more
  • Having face to face contact with someone less than 1 meters away (regardless of mask wearing)
  • Having travelled in a vehicle with them
  • You are only considered a close contact if the contact happened less than 48 hours before symptoms developed and/or a positive test was received.
  • Where an individual would fit the close contact definition, we recommend that committees should treat them as a close contact in the first instance, even if not advised to by NHS Test and Trace at that point. 

 

Scenarios 

We have listed the responses you should take to some common scenarios, as well as the most likely incidents of individuals not following the guidance.  

Please remember that you should always be reporting cases to us, and the University, so that we are able to provide further help and support. 

 

Scenario 

Response 

1 

A member shows COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough, or loss of smell/taste) 

The member and their household should self-isolate as per government guidance and notify the University, committee and SUSU that they are self-isolating.  They should provide NHS Test and Trace with information about their recent activity – e.g club/society training – and contacts. 

The member should get an NHS COVID-19 test and let the relevant University, committee and SUSU know the result 

There is no requirement for anyone the member has been in close contact with to isolate at this stage, 

Committees should reflect on the risk to the rest of the club/society and consider asking close contacts to temporarily not attend club/society activity to reduce the chance of an outbreak affecting the whole club/society 

2 

A member tests positive for COVID-19 

The member and their household should self-isolate as per government guidance, and notify committee if they have attended club/society activity within the last 48 hours to assist with test and trace 

Committee should assist with identifying anyone who has been in ‘close contact’ with the member as part of club/society activity. They should not disclose the name of the member unless the member has agreed to this 

These ‘close contact’ individuals should not attend club/society activity for fourteen days and should be asked to self-isolate as a ‘close contact’.  The households of these individuals do not need to isolate 

Close contact individuals do not need to undergo testing (University of NHS) unless they develop symptoms  

If individuals do develop symptoms, they should arrange to have an NHS test 

Self-isolation is a requirement if the individuals are subsequently contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to isolate.  We would expect committees to adopt a sensible approach to prevent outbreaks within the student population. 

3 

A member’s housemate develops COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive 

The member should self-isolate until the housemate receives a test result, and not attend any in-person club/society activity whilst isolating.  

If the member’s housemate tests positive, then the member they should continue to self-isolate for 14 days or as advised by NHS Test and Trace 

The member should not get an NHS or University test unless they show symptoms.   

There is no need for committee to take any further action unless the member tests positive (see #2) 

4 

A member is contacted by NHS Test and Trace because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

The member should self-isolate for 14 days, follow NHS guidance, and not attend any in-person club/society activity whilst isolating 

The member should not get an NHS or University test unless they show symptoms.   

There is normally no need for committee to take any further action unless the member tests positive (see #2) 

 

5 

A member’s housemate is told to isolate as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

There is no requirement for the member or committee to take further action unless the member’s housemate tests positive (see #2) or develops symptoms (see #1) 

 

 

What to do if a member does not follow the guidance 

 

Situation Response 
A member attends with COVID-19 symptoms and/or a COVID-19 positive test 

The individual should be told to return home and follow NHS guidance 

Attendees at the session who were in “close contact” should follow the above guidance 

Attendees should be encouraged to respond to NHS Test & Trace 

Contact should be made to SUSU for further advice  

A member attends a session while their housemate is showing COVID-19 symptoms, or received a positive test, or the member has been contact traced by NHS Test and Trace 

The individual should be told to return home and follow NHS guidance 

Attendees at the session who were in “close contact” should follow the above guidance 

Contact should be made to SUSU for further advice