Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases - guidance for staff

Guidance on responding to confirmed, close contacts of confirmed cases and suspected cases of Covid-19 in staff or students

What should I do if I have symptoms that could be Covid-19?

If you are not already at work:

If you are not at work, DO NOT come to work. Contact your line manager and let them know you have symptoms. You must arrange to be tested as soon as possible.

If you are already at work:

If you start to feel unwell with symptoms whilst at work, keep 2m distance from anyone else and put on your face covering if you are able to wear one. Inform your line manager immediately and follow their instructions and arrangements to isolate you from others until arrangements can be made for you to go home or, if you are very unwell, to hospital. If you go home, you must arrange to be tested as soon as possible and not leave your home other than to get tested.

What if I have cold or flu symptoms?

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 but have other cold and flu-like symptoms, you do not need to be tested and you do not need to self-isolate. You can continue to work if fit to do so.

What should I do if I know, or have been told by the Test & Protect team, that I am a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19?

If you are not at work, DO NOT come to work. Contact your line manager and let them know.  If you have already been contacted by the Test & Protect team, you must follow their instructions with regard to self-isolating and testing. If you haven’t, you must self-isolate for 14 days and, if you become symptomatic, arrange to be tested and follow any instructions you are given by the NHS.

If you find out when you are at work, you should go home immediately or straight to a test centre if instructed by the NHS.

How do I arrange to be tested for Covid-19 if I am symptomatic?

If you have symptoms, you should visit this website, from home, which will help you access a test.

If I test positive for Covid-19, how long must I stay off work?

If you test positive, you must isolate for at least 10 days and cannot return to the workplace until you have been fever-free for at least 48 hours. If you are well enough, and able to work remotely, you may do so.

You must keep your line manager informed of any test results, isolation requirements and your health status (as normal for sickness absence).

We will of course protect your confidentiality but if you are happy for your close colleagues to be notified if they could be deemed to be close contacts, please let your manager know.

If I test negative for Covid-19, when can I return to the workplace?

You should notify your line manager as soon as you get your test result and may return to the workplace as soon as you feel well enough, provided you haven’t been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case and as long as that is in line with any advice you are given by the NHS.

If I have tested positive, do I need to notify the University of any close contacts I have had recently at the University?


The Test and Protect team will contact you to establish this information and will then contact and advise your close contacts directly to advise them to self-isolate for 14 days. However, we may need to contact you if you have been on campus recently to ask you for this information before you hear from the Test & Protect team to ensure cleaning protocols are met, to protect other staff and students and identify any potential links with other confirmed cases in the University community.

Do I need to report that I have tested positive or am a close contact of someone who has

Yes, you, or your line manager if you are too unwell to do so, should report this on the UoG Helpdesk Covid-19 report form. This can be found on the UoG Helpdesk front page in the tile entitled Covid-19 Support Articles. If you remain well enough, and are able to work remotely, you may do so for the duration of the isolation period. If you become unwell and are too unwell to continue to work, you should inform your manager that you are unwell and you will be placed on sickness absence in the normal way. If you remain well but are unable to work remotely because of the nature of your role, you will continue to receive full pay during the isolation period.