Data from Oxford University’s Early Alert Service states that between the 6th and 12th March, the University recorded a total of 6 positive cases out of 41 tests taken. This includes 3 student and 3 staff cases, a small rise from 1 positive case among students in the previous week.
This brings the total number of positive cases up to 1,250 since the University began testing in August 2020, out of 6,829 tests. This week’s results show a positivity rate of 14.6% compared to the average of 18.3%.
The Government recently updated its guidance for university students to enable them to make one trip home and back again over the Easter break, as well as allowing for students to return to University if they had not previously done so since the Christmas holidays. Any students leaving or returning to Oxford are encouraged to take Lateral Flow Tests.
The University expects to be able to offer regular asymptomatic testing to all students as well as staff working on-site from Trinity term, with the Government advising universities to provision twice-weekly testing.