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Coronavirus information

This page provides information about what to do if you think you might have Covid-19.

Page last updated 30 September 2021 (updated self-isolation pdf guide)

1. There are an increasing number of symptoms which indicate you may have Covid-19. However the main symptoms are: 

  • A new, continuous cough / Coughing a lot for an hour / 3 coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A change in your ability to taste and smell 
  • High temperature

2. If you have one or more of these symptoms you should:

  • return to / remain in your room and self-isolate
  • call the Porters' Lodge on 01865 278900. If you need immediate support, the Porters will contact a member of the Welfare Team
  • contact the Oxford University Covid-19 Test Early Alert Service (EAS Testing) to book a test. 
  • Email covid@spc.ox.ac.uk providing your details including your room number and building, and your mobile number, and confirming you have contacted the Testing Service.

3. The College welfare team, normally the Dean for Welfare, will contact you to take further details and talk to you about the next steps and providing any support you need; further information about this is available below. 

4. Follow the advice you receive from the Testing Service. If you are advised you don't need to test and need not isolate you should let College know and take care of yourself and others in the usual way given you feel unwell. If you are advised that you need to be tested, you must continue to self-isolate until you receive the results of  PCR test.

5. If your result is positive, you need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days after the start of your symptoms. 

If you are staying in College accommodation and have to self-isolate, you cannot leave your room to cook for yourself or to collect external food deliveries. College will help support you. College is able to deliver meals from the College kitchen to your door. This option will be immediately made available to you when you start to self-isolate. We advise you to keep a limited amount of non-perishable ready-to-eat food supplies in your room in case you need to self-isolate.

The College Welfare team will keep in touch with you and assist in making any medical arrangements if necessary.

Further information is available in this leaflet: SPC Guide to Self-Isolation. Students quarantining after arriving from abroad should refer to the detailed information provided by email.

If you are living in private accommodation away from the College and have to self-isolate, we will stay in touch with you and can help support you if necessary. We advise you to keep some food supplies in case you have to self-isolate, including easy-to-prepare items.

Can I continue to study whilst self isolating?

If you are self-isolating, you can continue to access teaching on your course online, if you feel fit to do so. If you are too unwell to study, you should let your tutors know in the usual way.

If you are due to be taking in-person exams but have to self-isolate, please contact the College Registrar, Catherine Whalley, as soon as possible.

The UK guidance on the requirement for contacts to isolate can be found here. You are required to isolate for 10 days unless:

  • you are fully vaccinated
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

If you are a close contact you are likely to be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace team, or a member of the College or University Team who will talk you through the situation.

The University has a dedicated testing service in place, the Covid-19 Early Alert Service. This is managed in collaboration with the UK’s national health service, the NHS. The system ensures students and staff can have easy access to a Covid-19 test if they think they have symptoms.

There is a testing site in central Oxford with an online booking service available. It is free to access. Results will be available within 48 hours, and the University will support Public Health England with contact tracing.

You can find out more about the Covid-19 testing service here.

There will be several places in Oxford offering walk-in vaccine appointments in October 2021 and beyond. Please check the University's Coronavirus information page for up-to-date information.