What do I do if I am a close contact, am feeling unwell or have received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis?

Information rerviewed and updated on the 13th january 2022

Persons should note that the advice from the HSE re. managing Covid symptoms, what to do if you are a close contact, and what to do if you test positive is subject to frequent change. At all times you should consult the links highlighted in the FAQs below – do not make assumptions based on past experience.

The most up to date HSE advice can be found here.

 

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At all times UCD is adhering to the current advice from the HSE in respect of how positive cases and close contacts amongst the University population should be managed.


The University has appointed a full time Covid 19 Contact Tracing Coordinator to coordinate its internal contact tracing activities. The details of Covid 19 cases involving staff and students are passed to this individual, who then follows up internally within UCD to ensure that all practicable steps have been taken to identify and where necessary make contact with the affected persons close
contacts. As required this person liaises with the HSE Contact Tracing Teams.

If you have symptoms of Covid 19 then you should immediately self-isolate (stay in your room) and arrange for a test. There are different testing guidelines for persons of different ages, so consult the most current advice from the HSE and follow the guidance that is relevant to your situation.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate and arrange a PCR test by phoning your GP, booking an online test, or attending a walk in test centre. Do not come to campus if you are unwell or are awaiting a test or test result. Even if your PCR test result is negative for Covid 19, do not come to campus until you have been symptom free for at least  48hrshttps://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/testing/negative-test/

If you begin to exhibit symptoms of Covid 19 when on campus you should call the UCD 24hr Emergency Line on extension 7999 / 01 716 7999 and report your symptoms. A member of the Campus Services staff will advise you on the next steps and if required will meet with you and assist you further. If needed you will be taken to an isolation room until appropriate arrangements to ensure your safety have been made.

If you are living in Campus Residences you should contact the Front of House to report your symptoms, inform your housemates about your symptoms and immediately self-isolate (stay in your room) and arrange for a test. There are different testing guidelines for persons of different ages, so consult the most current advice from the HSE and follow the guidance that is relevant to your situation.

Any staff member or student who tests positive for Covid 19 is asked to report their diagnosis to UCD either via the google form here or by calling 01 716 7999 / ext. 7999. You will be asked to provide information about the nature of your testing and activities you have undertaken on campus in the 48hrs leading up to your test result. Staff and students are strongly encouraged to register
their positive test result / diagnosis in order to facilitate the University in quantifying and managing Covid cases within the University community.


If you have had a positive antigen test you should also report your test result online to the HSE listing your close contacts.

Even if your PCR test / antigen test was negative if you have any Covid 19 symptoms you must self-isolate until such time as you have been symptom free for 48hrs. https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/testing/negative-test/


Do not come to campus during this period. If your symptoms continue or get worse phone your GP.

 

Advise them to contact the UCD 24hr Emergency Line on extension 7999 / 01 716 7999 to report their positive test result or to upload their details via the google form here. If there is any doubt as to whether a report has been made you may contact the Emergency Line to report the case yourself.

You do not have to restrict your movements or isolate until such time as a positive diagnosis has been received after which the HSE may be in touch with you if you are considered as a close contact.

If you are a close contact of a positive case the HSE Contact Tracing Centre will be in touch with you. Current advice on what to do if you have been identified as a close contact of Covid case can be found on the HSE website. There are different rules depending on your vaccination status so please read the advice closely and follow the guidance that is relevant to your situation.

Current advice on what to do if you have been identified as a close contact of Covid case can be found on the HSE website. There are different rules depending on your vaccination status so please read the advice closely and follow the guidance that is relevant to your situation.

All staff and students are strongly encouraged to download and to use the Government‘s Covid Tracker App.

 

Further information for students can be found at https://www.ucd.ie/covid-19/

Information on Covid 19 health and safety measures in UCD can be found at https://www.ucd.ie/sirc/coronavirus/