Thousands of students have already signed up to take free COVID-19 tests, ahead of travelling away from University for the winter break.
This week has seen the launch of the University of Hull’s asymptomatic testing centre, located at the Allam Sport Centre, as part of the Government’s UK-wide efforts to ensure students can travel in confidence this month.
Students are encouraged to take two tests, within three days of each other, before travelling. So far, 99.9% of all tests taken by students have been negative for COVID-19.
Staff are also now being offered the chance of a free test, as the University continues to play its part in protecting those most at risk from the virus.
Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “From the outset of COVID-19 in March, the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community have been our top priority. We have worked hard to make sure all the necessary COVID-safe measures are in place to keep our community as safe as possible.
“As part of the Government’s National Testing Programme to test more people who do not have symptoms, the University is offering a large-scale testing programme on campus.
“Supporting the Government’s Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), the University is hosting an NHS Test and Trace facility, giving students an opportunity to participate in two Lateral Flow antigen tests.”
The testing centre, which opened on Monday 30 November, uses what is known as a lateral flow test.
Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. Processing of these tests can be conducted at the dedicated testing site by trained personnel and results can be released within an hour.
Use of lateral flow tests could significantly improve the detection of positive cases, and so help to prevent the spread of Covid-19. People can isolate themselves following a positive result helping to protect those at high risk.