COVID-19 statistics

Statistics from our COVID-19 testing centre and how we are managing cases.

COVID-19 testing data

The University of Liverpool COVID-19 Testing Centre represents a significant investment from the University to keep our campus safe and to reduce demand on NHS services.

Testing is available to all staff and students at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, whether they are on campus or working from home.

We are currently testing only those who are displaying symptoms. This is slightly different to the national testing strategy which includes regular testing for NHS staff, care home workers and those who have been instructed to get tested. The University’s symptomatic specific testing approach means we are likely to see a reduction in false negatives in comparison to the national testing programme.

Data from the test centre will be available on a weekly basis each Tuesday. Our University community includes approximately 28,000 students and approximately 7,000 staff. Please note that on Friday, 9 October we doubled our daily testing capacity. Staffing in the laboratory increased from Monday, 12 October and this resulted in a larger than normal batch of tests being processed on that day, causing an increase in results on Tuesday, 13 October.

Positive test results at the University of Liverpool

COVID-19 testing figure from Monday, 12 October to Sunday, 18 October (7 days)

Tests completed

Positive result - STAFF

Positive result - STUDENT

Positive result - TOTAL

Negative result - TOTAL

1000

10 593 603 397

COVID-19 testing figure from Monday, 5 October to Sunday, 11 October (7 days)

Tests completed

Positive result - STAFF

Positive result - STUDENT

Positive result - TOTAL

Negative result - TOTAL

458

3 255 258 200

COVID-19 testing figure from Tuesday, 29 September to Sunday, 4 October (6 days)

Tests completed

Positive result - STAFF

Positive result - STUDENT

Positive result - TOTAL

Negative result - TOTAL

270

5 91 96 174

COVID-19 testing figure from Monday, 14 September to Monday, 28 September (15 days)

Tests completed

Positive result - STAFF

Positive result - STUDENT

Positive result - TOTAL

Negative result - TOTAL

734

16 161 177 557

What happens when someone tests positive?

We have detailed processes in place to deal with every suspected case and positive test. When a member of our community experiences COVID-19 symptoms they need to self-isolate immediately and inform their School or Department. They will be asked by their School or Department to notify those they have been in close contact with and to book a test.  Those who go on to receive a positive test result will be contacted within the same day the result is confirmed.

We have a dedicated Contact Tracing Team who get in touch with staff and students to find out vital information to quickly contain any spread of infection. This includes informing close contacts of the need to self-isolate and providing guidance on how to access support during periods of self-isolation.

Our test data feeds in to national Public Health systems so those who test positive may also be contacted by NHS Test and Trace a few days after their result is received.

Further information for staff and students with symptoms is available.

What support is in place for students self-isolating?

We know it is a challenging time for any student who needs to self-isolate and we have put a range of measures in place to support them.

As part of our contact tracing process we check on the welfare of individuals who are required to self- isolate, offering practical and emotional support and, where needed, support packs of food and essentials. We also provide those who are self-isolating with information about how to access our mental health, wellbeing and counselling services and provide details of a range of activities they can engage in whilst self-isolating.

How are we using information on positive cases?

CAMPUS shield

Our COVID-19 Active Management Partnership with Universities for Society (CAMPUS Shield) is an advisory group with over 30 experts.

The group is supporting NHS and National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) resources by providing on-campus COVID-19 testing for staff and students, outbreak management plans, information to support safety on campus and support for public health innovation.

This involves sharing data and information quickly to direct prevention, testing, tracing and containment of outbreaks to ensure we can operate safely.

Outbreak management plans

We are working closely with the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health, Liverpool City Council and our neighbouring universities to manage potential infection outbreaks.

The HEI Outbreak Management Network is led by the University of Liverpool but includes all higher education institutions in the city, the Guild of Students, Liverpool Student Homes and Unite (the largest private accommodation provider in the city) and the City Council emergency planning and public health team.

A core Outbreak Response Team has been established to co-ordinate action for clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 infection. This group will have access to symptom data and test booking and result data through a new data visualisation tool which will generate triggers and early warning indicators. The Outbreak Response Team will review data as and when triggers are reached and will have an out of hours rota to deal with events outside of working hours.

The Outbreak Response Team will work closely with local COVID Contact Teams in Departments and Halls to co-ordinate action and reflect on processes to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

More information about what is defined as an ‘outbreak’ and what is defined as a ‘cluster’ of cases is available.

Tiers of intervention

The government’s COVID-19 contain framework sets out how local and national governments may act in areas where there are increased numbers of COVID-19 cases.  Areas of intervention will be stepped up and down the Tiers depending on the circumstances in the area.

The DfE Higher Education: reopening buildings and campuses guidance  sets out expectations about the implications of different Tiers of Intervention for Higher Education Institutions and the suggested response by institutions. 

The University has developed comprehensive plans to respond to each Tier of Intervention if required. The nature of specific outbreaks or interventions will be considered by the University’s Senior Leadership Team alongside our dedicated Outbreak Response Team who will assess the circumstances and make changes at the University which adhere to the DfE framework.

If any changes to learning or teaching are to be made we will communicate swiftly to all our students and staff using our official communication channels.

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