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Cornwall students

Request a HALO test by scanning the QR code or completing the online form.

Exeter Students

Pleaes visit the test centre on Car Park B at our Streatham campus to have a HALO test – there is no need to book.

I have tested positive for COVID-19 and am planning to travel within the UK during the Winter break:

Travelling in the UK - Positive

Steps to follow if you have tested positive:

If your test result is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days in your term time accommodation before travelling away from the University. Information about self-isolation and the support available to you can be found on our self-isolating webpage. Please note you are able to leave self-isolation to collect a COVID -19 test. This is one of the permissible reasons to leave self-isolation under the government’s COVID-19 regulations. If you have tested positive please wear a mask at all times if you are able and continue to follow COVID-19 regulations during this time.

You will also need to let us know you have tested positive by completing our COVID-19 online results form so we can make sure you get all of the support you need as quickly as possible and contact members of your household to advise them on the steps they need to take to protect themselves and others.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 through a Lateral Flow Device test, you are required to take a further test through Exeter’s testing partner HALO (PCR saliva test) via our Response Hub. The lateral flow device tests used in the Government’s student mass testing programme are less sensitive than the PCR tests which are usually used to diagnose symptomatic cases. Government guidance is that any student testing positive through an LFD test should therefore confirm this result by taking a PCR test. As soon as you self-declare you are positive, we’ll send you details of when and where to get your HALO test.

  • Students based in Exeter should visit the test centre on Car Park B at our Streatham campus to have a HALO test – there is no need to book
  • Student based in Cornwall should request a HALO test by scanning the QR code (right) or completing the online form and the team will call you back to book your test

The HALO (PCR) test is considered the definitive test. If you test positive with the LFD, but negative with HALO, your test is considered negative

  • If the HALO test result is negative you should aim to travel away from the University within 24 hours of the test result – you should travel during the student travel window (3-9 December).
  • If the HALO test result is positive you will need to complete the 10 day period of self-isolation before travelling away from the University.

If you’re living in University accommodation and need to self-isolate after the end of term, please don’t worry as you can stay in your catered accommodation to self-isolate beyond the 12 December. Information about self-isolation and the support available to you can be found on our self-isolating webpage.

What your close contacts / members of your household need to do if your test result is positive

  • The Government has made arrangements to support students to travel within the UK for the Winter break even if they are a close contact / in a household with someone who has tested positive
  • If you are named as a close contact of someone who has tested positive or you live in their household, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • However, if you have no symptoms you can request a test via our online forms:
     and if your test result is positive, you must stay where you are and self-isolate for 10 days (please see ‘steps to follow if your test result is positive’)

  • However, if your test result is negative, while you must still self-isolate for 14 days you can do this at another UK address, following safe travel guidance and avoiding public transport wherever possible.
  • If you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and, within 24 hours of your negative test result, a close contact / someone in your household tests positive, you can still travel to another address in the UK but you must complete your time in self-isolation in your new household. You should follow the Government guidelines about self-isolation carefully when you return home. If you would like to book another test before travelling, you can do so by using our online forms
  • If you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and a close contact / someone in your household tests positive 24 hours after your test result you must book another test before you travel. You can book a test via our online forms:
  • Please note: you should not travel overseas but should self-isolate for 14 days and only travel internationally once your time in self-isolation has concluded.

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