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19/03/2020 14:30 - College campuses will close for the majority of students
In line with the directive from the Government yesterday, Hertford Regional College will be closing all campuses and buildings to the majority of our students from Monday 23rd March 2020.
We ask that, in order to allow colleagues time to complete preparations that will support our students as they prepare to commence learning at home for the foreseeable future, students, other than those in the exceptions groups listed below, do not attend College on Friday 20th March and remain at home until further notice.
The exception groups are:
- Vulnerable students (College staff are already in the process of contacting parents and carers)
- Students whose parents/carers are key workers (as per the list that will be released by government this afternoon)
However, in line with government guidelines, if any students who qualify as exceptions are displaying the following symptoms:
- A high temperature
- A new continuous cough
they should not come to College and should self-isolate for a period of 7 days. Any student who lives with other people should stay at home for 14 days from the day that the first person showed symptoms.
All updates will be available via www.hrc.ac.uk . We will also share updates via our official social media channels on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HertRegCollege), Twitter (@HertRegCollege) and Instagram (@hertregcollege)
18/03/2020 15:00 - Updated advice from the Government regarding Household isolation
If living with others, then all household members who remain well may end household-isolation after 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill. Fourteen days is the incubation period for coronavirus; people who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.
After 7 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine. If any other family members become unwell during the 14-day household-isolation period, they should follow the same advice - that is, after 7 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can also return to their normal routine.
Should a household member develop coronavirus symptoms late in the 14-day household-isolation period (for example, on day 13 or day 14) the isolation period does not need to be extended, but the person with the new symptoms has to stay at home for 7 days. The 14-day household-isolation period will have greatly reduced the overall amount of infection the rest of the household could pass on, and it is not necessary to restart 14 days of isolation for the whole household. This will have provided a high level of community protection. Further isolation of members of this household will provide very little additional community protection.
At the end of the 14-day period, any family member who has not become unwell can leave household isolation.
If any ill person in the household has not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, they should contact NHS 111 online. If your home has no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
The cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.
If you have been asymptomatic, then you may end your self-isolation after 7 days and return to normal routine.
17/03/2020 10:00 - New guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection, Social distancing and more
New guidance to stay at home for 14 days if someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19. The new guidance sets out that individuals will still be asked to self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms but any individuals in the household will now be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from that moment as well.
If other members of your household develop symptoms, however mild, at any time during the 14 days, they must not leave the home for 7 days from when symptoms started.
UK government New guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-for-households-with-possible-covid-19-infection
Social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults
We are being advised on the social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, the Government strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible. There are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.
This group includes those who are:
• aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
• under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
• chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
• chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
• chronic kidney disease
• chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
• chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
• problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
• a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
• being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
• those who are pregnant
People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
• People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
• People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
• People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
• People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
• People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.
The link to the advice is as follows:
16/03/2020 16:00 - Communication advice on coronavirus : Useful resources on managing health impact
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) have some useful resources (see links below) - Coping strategies if you’re self-isolating and Counsellors share their thoughts on what can help with the mental health impact of COVID-19:
13/03/2020 17:00 - UK GOV Guidelines Update
HRC Campuses are open - In line with Government guidelines, we are now asking our learners and parents to support additional measures introduced to keep our college safe. As a result, if you as a learner have a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above or have a new and persistent continuous cough, we ask you to self-isolate for 7 days. We continue to require all absences to be reported as per the normal absence reporting procedure to your tutor.
UK government Coronavirus (COVID-19) response Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
UK government COVID-19 guidance for education settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19