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University of Northampton offers students testing before going home for Christmas

Written by on November 30, 2020

Rapid result testing is available for students who volunteer between the 30th November and 9th December.

Students are required to 2 tests with 3 days in between. It enables students to travel during the student window of 3rd December and 9th December.

Students will be offered a Lateral Flow tests which are for people who are asymptomatic.

These tests allow students to go home for Christmas and a much-needed break. Lectures will be carrying on online until the end of term on the 18th December.

The travel window coincides with when face-to-face teaching is reduced from the 4th December and stops completely on the 9th December.

Testing will be taking place in the Sports Dome on the University’s Waterside campus. Students will be able to book a half an hour slot for their testing to take place.

The University have done well at keeping Covid cases down since face to face teaching began. The week of 16th to the 22nd November there were only 5 new student cases in the University.

Becky Bradshaw, the University of Northampton Director of Estates and Campus Services has said: “It has been a significant task to covert our sports facilities into a temporary testing site, but we must do all we can to ensure our students who choose to go home over Christmas can do as safely as possible.”

If they test negative, they can go ahead and book another test in 3 days. However, if they test positive, they must isolate for 10 days, following the government guidelines.

After their isolation they would have to book a test through the government website and if it comes back negative, they can go home.

If both tests come back negative students are advised to go home no longer than 24 hours after their second test.

Mrs Bradshaw has also said that: “Our case numbers at the University has remained low though the pandemic because our students have taken their responsibility to the community seriously.”

“The testing programme and scope is being reviewed in readiness for students’ return in January.”

Article by Natalie Govier

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