19th March 2020

COVID-19 update: where to get information, advice and support


The COVID-19 situation continues to be of great concern and we understand that this is a challenging time for all in the Exeter College community. We are taking the following steps to inform, advise and manage the welfare of all College members:

We are constantly monitoring the outbreak

Like many other Oxford Colleges, we have established a COVID-19 planning group, chaired by the Rector, to monitor the situation and manage how we can best support our community at this time. The University and the Conference of Colleges have been working closely together to coordinate activities in response to the outbreak. The approach throughout the Collegiate University is to follow public health advice from Public Health England (PHE) and travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

We are providing the latest advice to our community

This is a rapidly changing situation and so, in the first instance, we advise all members of College to refer to the current guidelines on COVID-19, which can be found on the University of Oxford information page: http://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus-advice.

Information on precautionary measures you can take to avoid catching the virus and what to do if you think you might have the virus can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19. Please note that if you show symptoms of the virus you should use the NHS 111 symptoms checker to find out what to do https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19If you are a member of Exeter College and need to self-isolate please complete the Self-Isolating Declaration Form at https://www.exeter.ox.ac.uk/self-isolating-declaration.

Information on latest Public Health England advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

Information on travel can be found at https://www.gov.uk/going-and-being-abroad.

We are protecting the welfare of our community

The welfare of our students, staff, fellows and lecturers is our absolute priority and we are keeping all members of our community updated as the situation changes. We are following all government guidance.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will continue to provide as much advice, care and support as we can to our community. Our academic and non-academic staff are making contingency plans to ensure continuity of College life as much as possible during the outbreak. Oxford has a strong history of welcoming students and staff from around the world to the UK, and they are an integral part of our community. We understand that College members may be worried about friends and family members in affected areas around the world, and our thoughts go to all those affected by this outbreak.

 

 

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