University of Cumbria rolls out Covid-19 tests to get students safely home for Christmas

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The University of Cumbria is offering students and staff Covid-19 tests from Monday before they head home for the Christmas holidays.

Testing is being carried out at three of its campuses, in Carlisle, Ambleside and Lancaster.

The university says it is encouraging all students who are planning to travel back to their permanent homes to take a test, to help prevent the further spread of coronavirus to friends, families and the community.

The lateral flow tests will only be available to students who do not have Covid-19 symptoms, also known as asymptomatic testing.

If a student tests positive, they will need to take a PCR test via an NHS testing centre and self-isolate for 10 days before returning home.

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All students will be advised to get tested twice, three days apart. Once students have received two negative test results they are advised to return home.

The university asks students to book an appointments for a test beforehand to ensure social distancing can be maintained at all times. 

Testing will begin on Monday 30 November. A University of Cumbria spokesperson said: “The health and wellbeing our of staff and students continues to be our top priority and, as a caring and compassionate university, we are supporting this initiative as we have a duty to help as much as we can with all efforts to minimise infection."

More information on how to book and a test can be found here.