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Your DMU Safety daily update: How to access testing for Covid-19


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In today’s daily Your DMU Safety update, we’re explaining how you can access testing for Covid-19 nationally and locally in Leicester.

How to access testing

Testing and contact tracing is a key measure in preventing the spread of Covid-19. Anyone with symptoms is eligible for a coronavirus test via the NHS. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, you should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, and go to this NHS testing website to arrange a test. People living in your household must also self-isolate for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

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There are different ways in which you can get tested. These are:

Local testing sites (LTS)

Local testing sites are walk-through and are the most accessible testing channel for students (and staff working on campus). The nearest walk-in centre to DMU’s campus is Jubilee Square (but you must still book first). The number of walk-through sites is changing regularly so please check Leicester City Council’s coronavirus website and the ‘Get Tested’ section for the latest list of walk-in testing sites in the city.

Site locations are identified by local authorities on the basis of locally identified need. Walk-through test sites are the preferred testing channel option for students due to their improved accessibility and fast turnaround of test results.

Home testing

Home test kits can be ordered online to be delivered to your door so you can test yourself without leaving your accommodation. This is a swab test which needs to be taken within the first five days of developing any of the three main Covid-19 symptoms. The turnaround times for home testing are not as fast as for local, regional or mobile testing sites, so we recommend using these other channels wherever possible.

Students who are without a credit footprint and are therefore unable to order a home test online can instead call 119 to order over the phone. See below for some useful resources:

Regional testing sites

A network of drive-through regional test sites have been established nationally. We recognise that many students do not have their own transport and may be new to their area’s public transport network. However, drive-through sites are a suitable option for those who live locally or work at the university. Please check Leicester City Council’s coronavirus website and the ‘Get Tested’ section for the latest list of drive-through testing sites in the city.

What to do if you test positive

If you return a positive test, it is essential to continue self-isolating to prevent transmitting the virus to other people. You must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when you first developed symptoms – or longer if you still have a high temperature.

Please follow DMU’s reporting process flowYou must report your result to the university by completing our dmu.ac.uk/safetracenotify form and inform your faculty Student Advice Centre that you need to self-isolate).

However, if Covid-19 symptoms get worse it is important that you seek medical attention. Other members of your household must continue to self-isolate for 14 days from symptom onset.

How you'll be contacted

You'll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace by email, text or phone (the NHS will try several times over a 72 hour period if there is no response). Alternatively, you may be contacted by a member of the local council. Text messages will come from NHStracing. Calls will come from 0300 0135000.

More information on how you’ll be contacted by the NHS is available.  

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Contact Tracing

NHS Test and Trace helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus. DMU Safe Trace supports this effort by collecting details and maintaining records of staff, students and visitors using our campus. This means that NHS Test and Trace can then contact people if, for instance, there is an outbreak linked to those premises and give them appropriate public health advice.

NHS Test and Trace asks anyone ordering a test to provide details of people who they have been in close contact with. A close 'contact' is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. This is any time from two days before the person was symptomatic up to seven days from the onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). A ‘'close' contact is defined as someone who:

  • spends significant time in the same household as someone who has tested positive for Covid-19
  • is a sexual partner of someone who has tested positive
  • has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for more than 15 minutes
  • has been within 1 metre of someone who has tested positive for more than one minute
  • has had face-to-face contact (within one metre) of someone who has tested positive, including being coughed on
  • has had skin-to-skin physical contact with someone who has tested positive
  • has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive or sat near someone who has tested positive in a large vehicle or plane.

Further information is available in the guidance for people who have had close contact with someone who has coronavirus. 

DMU to pilot new national testing programme in fight against COVID-19

A pilot initiative for a new national project will be taking place at DMU over the next few months which we hope will positively impact the fight against Covid-19 for our staff, students and society as a whole. 

Supporting the Government’s Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) the university will host an NHS Test and Trace facility on campus, giving staff and students an opportunity to engage and explore how effectively Lateral Flow antigen tests can be used at scale.

If successful, it would allow for the rapid deployment of new testing technology, enabling regular testing in targeted locations, a clear step forward in the fight against Covid-19. Find out more here.

Please scan in wherever prompted for DMU Safe Trace

We’d like to thank everyone for continuing to use DMU Safe Trace QR codes and/or the webform (dmu.ac.uk/safetrace). Track and Trace is a vital tool in combatting the spread of Covid-19 and keeping each other safe. Please remember (and ask others) to always scan in, where prompted via the QR Code posters when entering buildings and spaces on campus and record your seat number in teaching rooms from today. This also means registering in multiple areas in the same building. For example, if you are visiting the Library or Campus Centre you must continue to scan the QR codes in all zones of the building you visit (i.e. not just in the first area you use). Click here for the full guidance.

All the information and help that you need to enjoy campus life in a safe and secure way is available on the Your DMU Safety website. Please make sure you read and follow all of the guidance and support on this site and check back regularly for updates. We will continue to closely follow and implement UK Government, Public Health England (PHE) and local authority guidelines.

Posted on Wednesday 21st October 2020

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