Test results – Next steps (PCR test for those identified as a close contact)

There are a number of steps you need to take after receiving the results of your Covid-19 PCR test.

Positive result

If your result is positive you will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started. You must self-isolate even if you have been double vaccinated. 

Students

Make sure you:

  • Self-report your positive Covid-19 test result as soon as possible using the University’s Case Management System. The data will be accessed by the University’s Contact Tracing Team, who will then be in touch to follow track and trace protocol. They are also able to offer support while you are self-isolating.
  • Let the people you live with and anybody you have been in close contact with (for 48 hours before your symptoms started) know that you have tested positive for Covid-19. Depending on their age and vaccination status they may need to isolate for 10-days or access a PCR test. You can find further detail about this on the NHS webpages.
  • Email your School Support Office if you feel too unwell to study online to let them know that you are ill and unable to attend face-to-face sessions. If you feel able to study you should continue to attend the sessions that you can remotely.
  • If you live in university halls you should let your hall manager or hall reception know. If you are in private halls of residence, you must inform your halls' nominated contact. If you are unsure who this is contact the hall reception.
  • If you are employed outside of the university you should also let your employer know.
  • If you need help or support whilst you are isolating please email covort@liverpool.ac.uk or read our self-isolation guidance.  

Staff

Make sure you:

  • Self-report your positive COVID-19 test result as soon as possible using the University’s Case Management System. The data will be accessed by the University’s Contact Tracing Team, who will then be in touch to follow track and trace protocol.
  • Let the people you live with and anybody you have been in close contact with (for 48 hours before your symptoms started) know that you have tested positive for Covid-19. Depending on their age and vaccination status they may need to isolate for 10-days or access a PCR test. You can find further detail about this on the NHS webpages
  • Inform your line manager that you have tested positive and are currently self-isolating.
  • Staff can find more information about sickness pay and working from home on the HR Intranet.

Negative result

If your result is negative, you should continue to limit your social contacts and wear a face covering.

Inconclusive result

If your result is inconclusive you will need to book another test.

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