Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

What symptoms should I be looking out for? A new or continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell. What should I do if I develop Covid symptoms? If […]

Last updated: 31 August, 2021

What symptoms should I be looking out for?

A new or continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell.

What should I do if I develop Covid symptoms?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19. If the test comes back as positive your 10-day isolation starts from when the symptoms started.

Students: You should contact your tutor
Staff: You should contact your line manager and Covid email address

What should I do if I test positive for Covid?

If you test positive, you should self-isolate for 10 days. If you had the test because you developed symptoms then you should keep self-isolating from the day your symptoms developed. If you had a test but showed no symptoms then the 10 days will start from the day that you had your test. You should contact the College (as above) and confirm:

  • when your symptoms started
  • what date you were last in College
  • where in the College you went
  • everybody who you came into close contact with

Close contact is defined as having face to face contact with:

  • someone less than 1m away, or
  • contact within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face to face contact, or
  • spending 15 minutes with somebody when less than 2m away, or
  • being within 1 to 2 metres of each other for more than 15 minutes

What should I do if somebody in the same household or somebody who I’ve been in close contact with develops symptoms?

If somebody who you live with develops symptoms you do not need to self-isolate as long as you are fully vaccinated, are under the age of 18 years and 6 months or are medically exempt from having the vaccine. You should still arrange a PCR test even if you do not show any symptoms.

What should I do if somebody in the same household or somebody who I’ve been in close contact with tests positive?

If somebody who you live with or somebody who you have been in close contact with tests positive for Covid-19 then you should self-isolate for 10 days if you have not been fully vaccinated, are under the age of 18 years and 6 months or are medically exempt from being vaccinated. If you have been contacted by Test and Trace you should follow their guidance.

What should I do if somebody in the same household or somebody who I’ve been in close contact with has been in contact with anybody who has tested positive?

If that person develops symptoms then you should self-isolate for 10 days from when those symptoms developed only if you have not been fully vaccinated, are under the age of 18 years and 6 months or are medically exempt from being vaccinated.

Who from the college will know that I’m self-isolating / have tested positive?

If you are a staff member then you should contact you line manager and the Covid hotline email address on covid19@stokecoll.ac.uk. If you are a student then you should contact your tutor.

When can I return to college after self-isolating?

If you feel well then you can return to College after your self-isolation period has finished.

When can I return to college after testing positive?

If you feel well and have not had a temperature or taken medication for a temperature within the last 48 hours then you can return to College. You may still have a cough and / or a loss of taste and smell but this is normal.

Do I need to bring anything with me when I return?

If you’ve had a test then should bring in your test certificate if negative.

Can I return to college if I test negative?

If you were asked to arrange a test due to showing symptoms and test negative then you can return to College as long as you feel well. If you live with somebody who has symptoms you can return to college if you are fully vaccinated, are under the age of 18 years and 6 months or are exempt from being vaccinated without a negative PCR test.

How do I arrange a test?

Call 119 to arrange a test or visit https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

What happens if I’m contacted by NHS Track & Trace?

If you are contacted by NHS Track & Trace you are legally required to follow the instructions that are given.

Will I get paid while I’m self-isolating?

As a College we have agreed that any staff member who is asked to self-isolate for any reason will be paid for that period. Where possible you should work from home.

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