Living with COVID-19

Last updated: Friday 22 July 2022

With the Government’s end to COVID-19 restrictions in England and Living With COVID-19 plan, we have moved into the next phase of living with the virus. As part of this, we will still be offering the expertise and support to help you with this transition, but integrated into our existing health and well-being resources.

Face coverings and staying safe and well

We encourage (but not require) the use of face coverings, especially in crowded settings, and continue to provide them free of charge to those who want them.

The COVID-19 infection rates are increasing significantly both nationally and within Leicester. This resulted in University Hospitals Leicester reinstating masks in clinical areas, and as of Monday 4 July, reintroducing a mask mandate across University Hospitals Leicester, including shared offices and corridors. Throughout the pandemic we have aimed to have a proportionate balance of risk mitigation versus inconvenience, all while balancing the increased risk seen in our clinically facing areas but not wanting these areas to deviate too far from the rest of the University. 

With that in mind, while we aren't suggesting a complete mask mandate across our clinically adjacent spaces (such as the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building, Glenfield spaces both Cardiovascular Research Centre and Clinical Science Wing and the George Davies Centre) we are highly recommending you wear a mask or face covering in these areas. This is both for your safety and the safety of the team around you. The exception to this is in joint/shared University of Leicester/University Hospitals Leicester spaces where masks will be mandated in line with University Hospitals Leicester measures. This will be managed locally. 

If you go into the Trust, you should follow the local rule and wear a surgical mask, as required by University Hospitals Leicester. 

If you feel unwell

As of Friday 1 April, Government messaging does not distinguish COVID-19 from other respiratory infections.

If you feel unwell, or have the symptoms of a respiratory tract infection, which now include headache, runny nose, sneezing, or sore throat please do not come to campus.

Staff 

As of Friday 1 April, you are no longer required to complete the online staff COVID-19 reporting form if you have had a positive test result. This is because it is not possible to routinely test to confirm if you have COVID-19 as there is no longer a legal requirement to do so. Therefore, if you are unwell with a respiratory infection, as set out on the NHS website and you are unable to work, then please report your absence through Employee Self Service, or your usual route. If you do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until you feel better.

Students

As the COVID-19 Response Team is still in operation, please continue to report any positive COVID-19 tests on our student form.

Lateral flow tests

The Government has removed the requirement to test twice a week in education settings.

Our contract to distribute lateral flow tests has now ended and we will no longer be able to make these available from our building receptions to staff and students.  

You can now only order free lateral flow tests from the NHS if you are eligible, including if you have certain health conditions or you're going into hospital for surgery. You can buy COVID-19 tests from some pharmacies and retailers.

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