When and how to self-isolate

Last reviewed: 1pm, 8 October 2020

For your own safety and the safety of our community, it is important that you report Covid-19 positive tests and symptoms and self-isolate if you are told to.

Please do not come onto campus if you are waiting for test results, have any symptoms, or have tested positive.

This page explains what to do if you have symptoms, and how self-isolation works. To find out how we can help you during self-isolation, visit our self-isolation support page.

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If you have Covid-19 symptoms

If you have symptoms you should: 

Reporting suspected and confirmed cases helps to protect our community and helps us offer you support. Someone from the University will contact you within 48 hours to discuss any support you need.

You should not come to campus whilst awaiting a test result. You can return to campus if your test result comes back negative or you have completed your period of self-isolation.

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If you test positive for Covid-19

If you test positive, you should:

Please complete the reporting form even if you have already used it to tell us you have symptoms. This confirms to us that you have Covid-19, and helps us inform public health partners and people you have been in contact with through track and trace. 

Our privacy notice explains how we may need to use your data.

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If you have been in contact with an infected person

If the NHS Track and Trace or University CHART team confirms that you have been in contact with an infected person, you will need to self-isolate and follow the guidelines below.

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If your housemate has symptoms

If anyone in your household has symptoms or tests positive, the whole household must self-isolate. In halls of residence, you will be advised what your household is. This will usually be the flat in which you share a bathroom, kitchen, or communal living area.

You should only get a test if you have symptoms.

If you are asymptomatic and choose to get a test which is then positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test.

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If a housemate has had contact with an infected person

If one of your household is identified as having been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 during the infection period, the next steps depend on whether symptoms have occurred. Only follow the below guidance if either NHS Track and Trace or the University's CHART team have officially confirmed that you have been in contact with an infected person:

  • if the housemate has symptoms, the whole household should self-isolate according to the guidance below.
  • if the housemate does not have symptoms, their household does not need to self-isolate.

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How self-isolation works

For as long as you are self-isolating, you should:

  • remain in your flat or house,
  • not leave your accommodation, including for shopping, study, part-time work or socialising,
  • not return to your family home, and
  • get tested if you develop symptoms.

Please continue to act responsibly towards fellow students, our teams and the local community while you are self-isolating.

Remember that self-isolation is a legal requirement. You could be fined if you do not follow the guidelines. 

Contact your student support adviser if there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from self-isolating.

If your symptoms worsen

If you're worried about any medical situation, including worsening Covid-19 symptoms, use the NHS 111 Online service.

In emergency situations, call 999 and request an ambulance. NHS guidance is to use an ambulance instead of going straight to hospital, wherever possible.

Problems with self-isolation

If you feel unsafe or unable to self-isolate safely, we will try to provide short-term alternative accommodation. Contact accommodation services at accommodation@shu.ac.uk.

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If your block has shared laundry facilities, please avoid using them during the self-isolation period. We can provide hand washing kits to help you wash laundry in your flat. If you require emergency laundry please contact Hallam Help.

Shared kitchens and bathrooms

Use a rota for shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Where possible, eat meals in a private space instead of your communal space.

Wipe down and clean surfaces in all shared facilities before and after each use.

Rubbish disposal

If you are self-isolating in halls your site management team or landlord will advise you of the process for waste disposal. In most cases you will be asked to leave full refuse bags of waste neatly tied and free of leakages outside your flat door for the on-site team to dispose of as quickly as possible. If you do not have a site management team (e.g. shared house) please continue to bag up your rubbish and take it to the bin store on a regular basis.

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