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Coronavirus - Risk Assessment and Support Documents

January 2022 - Outbreak Management Plan & Risk Assessment

Public Health England Letter - December 2021

Click here to visit the NHS website for details about Covid-19 symptoms and advice.

It’s important that we all remember to be cautious when out and about to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Be cautious now for a safer winter please remember to:

  • Wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed settings, including on public transport.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
  • Try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Get tested before periods of higher risk such as visiting vulnerable people or going to a crowded event, and self-isolate if required.
  • Get vaccinated if you haven’t already and take the booster if you’re offered it.

 Get tested regularly

No symptoms: Staff and students (11+) are encouraged to get tested twice a week using LFDs

If you have symptoms: a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a lack of sense of smell/taste – you need to isolate and get a PCR test immediately. PCR tests are available to take at home or at walk-in centres.  

Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 Say yes to the vaccine

The vaccine is the best way to stay safe against the virus. You can still get your 1st or 2nd dose – it is not too late!

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Booster jabs are also available for Over 40’s (6 months after the 2nd dose)

Book or manage a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Daily rapid testing for COVID-19 contacts launches 14th December:

From 14th December, fully vaccinated contacts of a COVID-19 case should take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days to slow the spread of the virus.

  • Those who test positive or develop symptoms will need to self-isolate
  • Unvaccinated adults must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone with COVID-19
  • It follows a significant rise in Omicron cases in the UK with the new variant expected to become the dominant strain by mid-December

 From Tuesday 14 December, people who are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone whose rapid test comes back positive or who develops COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test to verify the result. If the PCR result comes back positive, contacts must self-isolate for 10 days from the day they took the positive rapid test or developed symptoms. They do not need to continue taking rapid tests during that 10 day isolation period. If the PCR result comes back negative, contacts can leave self-isolation but should continue to take rapid tests for the remainder of the 7 days.

Anyone identified as a contact with a negative rapid lateral flow result is strongly advised to limit close contact with other people outside their household, especially in crowded or enclosed spaces and with anyone who is more vulnerable. They should also follow government guidance on wearing a face covering and working from home where possible.

Unvaccinated adults are not eligible for this new daily testing policy, they must self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 – Omicron or not – unless eligible for an existing workplace daily contact testing.