Gabor Hall Isolation Protocols


Scenario 1 – You receive a positive COVID test result.

  1. Stay in your room and inform your duty warden and your course tutor or programme director. The duty warden will contact occupational health.
  2. Report self-isolation through MyImperial (this may change once the Colleges track and trace system goes live).
  3. Book the need for food and drinks to be delivered to your room.
  4. You will receive a call from Occupational Health and either Public Health England (PHE) or the London Coronavirus Response Cell (LCRC) and they will ask you questions related to your whereabout during the previous 48 hours. While occupational health will be interested on areas of College you have visited, PHE or LCRC may only focus on public places you have attended, such as restaurants, shops and non-College related people you have been in close contact (less than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes).
  5. You need to self-isolate for 10 days from the day you displayed the COVID symptoms or, if you did not have symptoms, from the day you received the COVID positive test result. It’s of paramount importance you self-isolate so others don’t acquire the infection too. Not everyone is fit and healthy, and we all play a key role in preventing the spread of the virus.
  6. Members of your household will have to self-isolate for 14 days from the day you experienced symptoms or from the day you received the positive test result (if you didn’t have symptoms). Your household members may get a COVID test during this isolation period; they must complete they isolation even if they get a negative test result.
  7. Occupational Health will communicate with your close contacts and will let them know they need to self-isolate for 14 days. Personal data will not be shared.
  8. If you feel unwell while you are self-isolating, please contact the duty warden? as soon as possible and they will arrange medical assistance.
  9. Keep in touch with friends, family and course colleagues using on-line resources; Physical self-isolation does not mean mental self-isolation!
  10. Keep your room door closed unless food/drinks are being delivered. Open your room window regularly to allow fresh air into your room.

Scenario 2: You have developed COVID-19 symptoms. You have a persistent cough, a fever and/or you have lost the sense of smell or taste. If could be that you have a cold, the flu, or it could be that you have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and you have acquired the COVID infection.


  1. Stay in your room and self-isolate while a test is arranged and you receive the results.
  2. Phone your duty warden and let them know that you don’t feel well and you have COVID symptoms. Inform your course tutor or Programme Director too.
  3. Contact the NHS and request a COVID-19 test.
  4. Your household members will have to self-isolate too. Your warden will inform your household members and confirm with OH that this is taking place. Your household members will have to inform their course tutor/Programme director.
  5. While you wait for the result, you can use the kitchen but please do not use any other common areas within the hall.
  6. If you don’t have your own cutlery, plate, glass, etc, get a set from the kitchen and always use that set for the entire duration of your self-isolation period; do not leave in the kitchen, take it to your room.
  7. When using the kitchen, wear a face covering and maintain 2 metres social distance from other household members. Remember to wipe clean all the surfaces you touch, such as cooker knobs, microwave, oven and fridge handles, light switch and door handle. These are preventative measures to reduce the spread of the virus and to protect others from becoming sick.
  8. You receive the test result and:
    • It is positive- refer to scenario 1
    • It is negative. You can stop self-isolating as long as: · Everyone else in your household who has symptoms tests negative too · No one else in your household has symptoms or is awaiting a test result · You feel well; if you feel unwell stay in your room until you are feeling better Your household members can also stop-self isolating, unless they need to self-isolate for a different reason e.g. identified as close contact to a non-household member, returning from a non-exempt country.
    • The result is inconclusive, unclear, void or borderline. This means it was not possible to determine if you had coronavirus when the test was done. You need to arrange another test within 5 days of your symptoms starting. If you are not able to have another test in time, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your household must isolate for 14 days.
  9. If you had a test, i.e through the College testing programme, the result was inconclusive and you have not had any symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while you wait to get another test. Your household do not need to self-isolate either in this instance.

Scenario 3: You return from a non-exempt country or you are contacted by Occupational Health or by PHE/ LCRC indicating you have been identified as a close contact to someone who has a positive COVID test result. You need to self-isolate for 14 days.


  1. At this moment in time you don’t know whether you are carrying the virus and will develop the symptoms, whether you carry the virus but will not develop symptoms or whether you don’t carry the virus. Regardless, you need to remain in your room.
  2. Inform your duty warden and your course tutor/programme director.
  3. Do not visit any of the hall communal areas (e.g. study room, laundry, social room) other than the kitchen within your household.
  4. If you don’t have your own cutlery, plate, glass, etc, get a set from the kitchen and always use that set for the entire duration of your self-isolation period; do not leave in the kitchen, take it to your room.
  5. When you use the kitchen: - always wear a face covering and take the food to your room. - stick to the 2 metres social distance if someone else is in the room. - clean surfaces, cooker knobs, the fridge, microwave and oven door handles if you touch them. Don’t forget to wipe the light switch, if used, and the door handle/panel on both sides of the door if you touched them. These are preventative measures to reduce the spread of the virus and protect others from becoming sick.
  6. Stay in touch with friends and family using on-line resources.
  7. Note that even if you take a COVID test during your isolation period and the result is negative, you still need to complete the 14 days self-isolation.