20 Nov: Covid-19 testing for asymptomatic students

Issued: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:57:11 GMT

As recently outlined by the Scottish Government, universities will soon offer students who are planning on travelling over the holiday period the opportunity to access a Covid-19 test.

These tests are for people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms and are voluntary. It’s up to students to decide whether or not to take a test, but the Scottish Government do recommend getting one if you intend on travelling.

Testing for asymptomatic students will take place between 30 November and 5 December on our Gilmorehill campus. Students at Dumfries will be offered their own testing process, details of which will be issued soon.

The tests are free of charge and available to any UofG student, undergraduate or postgraduate, who is currently asymptomatic, has not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days and intends on travelling.

Students will be asked to book in advance for a time to attend a testing centre, and we will email next week with details about how to do this.

Please do not book a lateral flow test if you have Covid-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms at any point, please follow the NHS Inform online guidance.

The test is a Lateral Flow antigen test, which uses a saliva swab to detect the presence or absence of coronavirus. These are quicker than PCR tests; they produce a result within 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to be processed.

The lateral flow process requires two separate swab tests, completed three days apart.

If both tests return negative, students will still need to isolate if another member of the household tests positive. If either of these returns positive, students will be asked to book a confirmatory test via NHS Inform.

These tests have been designed to identify people with asymptomatic cases of the virus before they travel and risk transmission to family members.

Please be assured that we will be there to support students who are either isolating, or who choose to stay with us in residences over the holiday period.

We encourage all students to follow Scottish Government guidance and reduce social mixing for two weeks before going home. This means going out only for essential reasons, such as classes, shopping for food and exercise. There is updated guidance on student safety on the Scottish Government website and the Higher Education Minister has written to all students this week on this subject.

Thank you for your continuing support to keep yourselves and others safe.

 

Regards,

David Duncan

Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary