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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Cases of Covid-19 within our community

We publish regular updates on the number of Covid-19 cases reported to us by staff and students, through our internal reporting systems.

We are managing cases of Covid-19 on campus in conjunction with Durham County Council Public Health colleagues. All affected staff and students who are self-isolating following NHS guidance are receiving our full support.

More information on identifying symptoms and reporting cases of Covid-19 is available below.

Lateral Flow Testing

To help support a Covid-secure campus, Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) are available to students and staff.

If a student/staff member returns a positive LFT result, they are required to self-isolate, undertake a PCR test to confirm the LFT result, and follow Government and University guidance. In the case of a student, their College household is required to self-isolate.

Find out more about Lateral Flow Tests.

The chart below shows total reported cases identified by a PCR test per day for the previous 14 days, along with a seven-day rolling average.

Last updated 23/07/2021

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 20,500 students. The vast majority of our learning is being delivered wholly online during Easter Term (Term 3). Our online and Covid-secure in person student enrichment activities are being delivered in accordance with UK Government guidance.

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

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

We are proactively and regularly monitoring and managing the situation with local and national public health experts and taking appropriate action where required.

We continue to communicate regularly with our staff and students, promoting expected behaviours and reinforcing key information on local and national restrictions, as well as University guidance.

When we are notified by students or staff of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, or that someone is having to self-isolate because of close contact or being in the same household as someone else with a confirmed case of Covid-19, we follow detailed processes and procedures to ensure their health and wellbeing, and to reduce onward transmission.

When a member of the University community tests positive, they self-isolate with their household in line with government guidelines.

We are in regular contact with Durham County Council, Public Health England and other partners to make sure that we are sharing information (not personal information) about the local situation and responding to the latest guidance.