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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Cases of Covid-19 within our community

"We are tracking and managing confirmed Covid-19 cases within our community. This includes confirmed cases of the Omicron variant. Our first priority is the health and safety of our students, staff and the wider community.

"We are in regular contact with those affected, to advise they follow NHS guidance, including that they self-isolate, and to offer our full support."

Important information

  • Members of our community continue to inform us if they have Covid-19 symptoms, a positive test result or have been identified as a close contact. Reporting in this way helps us to work proactively with Durham County Council and Public Health England to manage cases on campus.
  • We investigate every reported case of Covid-19 within our University community. In the vast majority of staff cases, Covid-19 transmission has occurred within their local community and not on-site.
  • We continue to continue to follow UK government guidance for the higher education sector and take other measures to protect health and safety.
  • We actively encourage everyone in our community to take up the offer of the Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible, and the flu vaccine if eligible.
  • We all have a responsibility to protect each other and we:
    • Clean as we go
    • Test regularly
    • Respect each other's space
    • Test regularly
    • Sanitise our hands
    • Ventilate our spaces
    • Wear our face coverings
    • Find out more about our Your actions, Your University campaign.

Important information

From 11 January 2022, asymptomatic people in England who receive a positive lateral flow test (LFT) result should self-isolate immediately. There is no requirement to take a confirmatory PCR test.

As of Friday 14 January, the chart below shows the total reported Covid-19 cases identified by LFTs and PCRs from 11 January onwards, along with a seven-day rolling average.

Prior to 14 January 2022, the chart below only showed reported cases confirmed by a PCR test.

Last updated: 14 January 2022

Breakdown of positive Covid-19 staff cases in the last 14 days (Last updated 14/1/2022)

Staff who have been on campus*

Staff who have not been on campus




93 (x13 cases TBC onsite/offsite)

Please note that these figures are taken from all staff and students - not just those living, studying and working on campus/in Durham City**. We have around 4,000 staff members and 22,000 students.

The total number of cases across County Durham can be found at

*NB: Staff who have been on campus – this is not indicative of on-campus transmission. All staff cases are investigated by the Health & Safety Service to understand if there have been any instances of transmission in the workplace.

We are unable to comment on individual cases of Covid-19 within our community, for example the location or severity of cases.