Test results – Next steps (test for those experiencing symptoms)

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

Positive result

If your result is positive you will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started and anyone you have been in close contact with will need to isolate for 10 days from the last date you were with each other.

Make sure you:

  • Continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started
  • 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. For the majority of students, reporting on this system will mean that you do not need to also contact your School or Department to advise them of your test results. The exception to this is any students who are studying a clinical course; please continue to report to your local area as you currently do
  • Students also need to update the  COVID student intranet page to tell us that you are self-isolating. By letting us know you are isolating, we are then able to reach out and offer you support, even if you are not on campus.   
  • Contact all the people you notified of your symptoms to let them know you have a positive result
  • Let anyone you have been in close contact with know that they will need to isolate for 10 days from the last date you were with each other
  • Students will also need to update the COVID-19 Self-Reporting form to tell us that you are self-isolating, whether that is because you have symptoms, have a positive test result, or are a contact of somebody with COVID-19. Don’t forget to log back in and change it when you have stopped self-isolating. This is important as it will help us know who may need additional support and whether or not you will be attending activities
  • Email your School Support Office if you feel too unwell to study online to let them know that you are ill and keep a copy of the email. If you feel able to study you should continue to attend the sessions that you can remotely
  • Email Student Services on advice@liverpool.ac.uk if you need any help or support whilst you are 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 can stop self-isolating.

Make sure you:

  • Let us know your negative test result by using the University’s Case Management System and contacting all the people you notified of your symptoms.
  • Update the COVID-19 Self-Reporting form to tell us that you have stopped self-isolating
  • Inform your close contacts that they no longer need to self-isolate as long as they feel well and have not developed symptoms themselves. They will also need to update the COVID-19 Self-Reporting form to tell us that they have stopped self-isolating.

It is important to remember that testing is just one of a range of public health measures in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

Whilst we encourage all our students to take a test before travelling as an additional safety precaution, please do continue to keep in mind that the three key steps we can take as individuals – wearing a face covering, regularly washing our hands, maintaining a safe distance from anyone from another household, keeping rooms well ventilated – make an enormous difference.

Inconclusive result

If your result is inconclusive you will need to book another test and continue to self-isolate until you get your result.

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