Anybody with symptoms of the coronavirus should call 119 or book a free test online at one of the local testing centres based in Cardiff. Students finding it difficult to get a test can contact their Halls Manager or Student Services for additional support.
While the vaccination programme gives us hope, the coronavirus still poses a threat. New variants of the virus are emerging and it is important we keep to the rules, wash our hands regularly and follow current social-distancing guidelines. Regular Covid-19 asymptomatic tests can provide additional reassurance and help to protect those around us.
Students and staff who are not displaying symptoms (asymptomatic) can access free asymptomatic Covid-19 testing kits on-campus. This process will let you know within one hour whether you have the virus at the time of testing, but it is not fail-safe, and you will still need to maintain social distancing, follow on- and off-campus guidelines, use a face covering in line with University policy and continue to play your part, even if a test result is returned negative, to ensure you, your friends and family remain safe.
The Welsh Government is encouraging regular asymptomatic testing, even if you've had the vaccine, and we'd encourage everybody to make use of this free, on-site testing service as often as possible. A positive result will mean you'll need to self-isolate for 10 days in line with current Welsh Government guidelines and take a further PCR (commonly referred to as swab) test.
If you have any questions about the asymptomatic testing process please contact Covid19Testing@cardiffmet.ac.uk.
For more information on how we're helping everybody throughout the term, please visit our safe community pages.