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Get tested twice a week. Every week.
Stay Covid-safe and protect the community.

 

You can now collect home test kits from the university, making regular testing even easier. The kits can be collected from any of our campus receptions, and other high footfall areas around campus.

Regular testing is an important element of our covid safety measures and helps to keep our campuses and communities safe. We therefore strongly encourage all students and staff who are accessing our campuses to take a test twice a week, every week until further notice.

You should continue to get tested regularly regardless of whether you have received one or all doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, including booster doses.

Lateral flow tests (LFDs) produce quick results and can be used to identify Covid-19 infection in those without symptoms (asymptomatic).

The FAQs below will help you find out how to get tested and how to log your test results.

Please note, these tests are only for people who have NO symptoms, if you have symptoms of Covid-19 you must seek a PCR test through the NHS immediately.  

Who should be tested?

Who needs to take a test?

All students and staff who need to be on campus for the majority or all of the week, are strongly encouraged to get tested twice a week every week – be that every Monday and Thursday, or every Tuesday and Friday, or an equivalent pattern.

Where attendance on campus is less frequent, weekly testing may be sufficient. For example, if you are on campus one or two consecutive days a week, then a test at the start of the first day on campus each week would be appropriate. 

Do I still need to get tested even after I have the vaccine?

Yes. You should continue to get tested regularly regardless of whether you have received one or all doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, including booster doses.

It’s important to remember that the vaccine does not make you immune to catching or spreading coronavirus, it simply reduces the likelihood of you becoming seriously ill.

I am not at high risk of covid, why should I take a test?

Covid-19 is unpredictable, for some the symptoms are very mild but for others Covid-19 can be fatal. You might only suffer from mild symptoms but the effect on people you meet could be severe or even fatal. Protect yourself, your friends, loved ones and community by taking this simple test.

I recently tested positive for covid-19. Do I still need to take a test?

If you have tested positive by PCR for Covid-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity, or how long it will last. It is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after the period of active Covid-19 infection.

If you have previously received a positive Covid-19 PCR test result, you are usually advised not to take another PCR test within 90 days of this result. You should only have a PCR test within 90 days of a previous positive PCR test:

  • if you develop any new symptoms of Covid-19,
  • if you have a positive LFD test result,
  • or if you are required to take a PCR test upon entry into the UK.

If you have a positive PCR test result within 90 days of a previous positive PCR test result you must stay at home, self-isolate and follow the steps in the stay at home guidance again.

If it is more than 90 days since you tested positive by PCR for Covid-19, and you have new symptoms of Covid-19, or a positive PCR test, follow the steps in the stay at home guidance again.

You can find the most up to date government guidance around testing here.

How can I get tested?

Where can I pick up my HECollect testing kit?

Using the LFD HECollect service - kits are available from campus receptions and other high footfall areas around campus.

You will need to log your results as part of the university testing programme, no matter where you take your test. (Please see the FAQ ‘How to register your test’ for more information on how to do this). 

How else can I get tested?

You can get tested in a number of different ways, either:

You will still need to log your results as part of the university testing programme, no matter where or how you take your test. (Please see the FAQ ‘How to register your test’ for more information on how to do this).

Logging a test and test results

How to register your test - students

You will need to log your results as part of the university testing programme, no matter where or how you take your test. In doing this the university does not receive your results, however it adds to the number of people that are seen to be testing at our university.

Follow these steps to register your lateral flow test results:

Click here or visit https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and click ‘start now’

  • You will be asked ‘Who are you reporting a result for?’– you will normally be reporting your own result so click ‘myself’.
  • You will then be asked if you would like to sign in or create an account. We recommend that you create an account as this will make regular testing a quicker process for you.
  • You will be asked ‘Did you take this test for your job?’ – click ‘No’.
  • You will be asked ‘Tell us why you took this test’ – Select ‘To go to school, college or university’.
  • You will be asked ‘What is the name or postcode of the education provider?’ Please type ‘University of Cumbria’ and then select the campus location you are visiting from the drop down list as follows:
    • University of Cumbria, Ambleside (LA22 9BB)
    • University of Cumbria, Carlisle (CA1 2HH)
    • University of Cumbria, Lancaster (LA1 3JD)
    • University of Cumbria, London (E14 6JE)
  • Follow the rest of the steps to log the test.
  • Make sure you ask to receive a notification of your result via text or email in case you are asked for proof of your covid status.

 

How to register your test - staff

You will need to log your results as part of the university testing programme, no matter where or how you take your test. In doing this the university does not receive your results, however it adds to the number of people that are seen to be testing at our university.

Follow these steps to register your lateral flow test results:

Click here or visit https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and click ‘start now’

  • You will be asked ‘Who are you reporting a result for?’– you will normally be reporting your own result so click ‘myself’.
  • You will then be asked if you would like to sign in or create an account. We recommend that you create an account as this will make regular testing a quicker process for you.
  • You will be asked ‘Did you take this test for your job?’ – click ‘Yes’.
  • You will be asked ‘Tell us about the work’ – Select ‘It’s for an education provider’.
  • You will be asked ‘Which of these best describes you?’ – Select ‘Employed by a nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider’.
  • You will be asked ‘What is the name or postcode of the education provider?’ Please type ‘University of Cumbria’ and then select the campus location you are visiting from the drop down list as follows:
    • University of Cumbria, Ambleside (LA22 9BB)
    • University of Cumbria, Carlisle (CA1 2HH)
    • University of Cumbria, Lancaster (LA1 3JD)
    • University of Cumbria, London (E14 6JE)
  • Follow the rest of the steps to log the test.
  • Make sure you ask to receive a notification of your result via text or email in case you are asked for proof of your covid status.

Why do I need to log my test as a university test?

Regular testing is an important element of our covid safety measures, along with good ventilation, use of face coverings, social distancing etc. and helps to keep our campuses and communities safe.

Logging your test accurately is very important. The Department for Education (DfE) tracks the uptake of testing compared with the numbers of students and staff that we expect to use our campuses on a particular week. This helps them to determine how safe universities are and feeds into national decision making, with test uptake rates influencing decisions such as those regarding when face-to-face teaching is allowed at universities.

It is therefore crucial that we demonstrate to the DfE that we have a high take up for our testing programme so that they remain confident in our approach to keeping everyone safe and limiting the spread of covid-19.

Will the test hurt?

The newer test kits only require a nose swab. Older test kits also require taking a swab of your throat, you may experience some mild discomfort and may feel a gagging sensation, but it does not hurt.

Taking the test compared to not knowing you have the virus and infecting others outweighs the temporary discomfort. 

Other than me who will see my results?

If your test is positive, a copy of your result will be sent to your GP and Public Health England. The university will not know your test result.

 

What happens when I get my results?

What should I do if it’s positive?

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (Covid-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

Lateral flow tests are normally taken by people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms.

Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main Covid-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.

You can read more about the legal requirements around self-isolating here including how many days you must isolate for, and the tests you need to take in order to end your isolation early.

Please also inform the university of your result using our online reporting form.

There is no stigma in testing positive for Covid-19; we are here for you and will make sure you are supported while you are self-isolating with essential supplies, regular check-ins and access to health and wellbeing services.

What should I do if it’s negative?

It is essential that you continue to follow all Covid-19 safety precautions and continue to get tested regularly. 

General questions

What is the difference between a PCR test and an LFD test?

There are two main types of covid test. You can find out more information about the different tests here. The most important thing to remember is that if you have tested positive while not experiencing symptoms but then develop symptoms during the isolation period, you should restart your isolation period from the day you develop symptoms. 

Does the vaccine contain any animal products?

Covid-19 vaccines are vegan, halal and contain no animal products.

Do you have any further questions?

If you have any additional questions that are not already answered here, you can email covid19@cumbria.ac.uk.

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