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Covid test results from December and a look at next semester


Published on 18th December 2020 at 17:00.

As a truly unprecedented year comes to an end, we have a quick update for you on the most recent mass testing that allowed students to spend their winter break with family and friends off campus. We also wanted to point you to the latest update from the University so you know what to do when you arrive back on campus in January.


Covid test results from December

So far, 8,555 tests have been processed (that’s about 84% of the 10,200 bookings). Looking at the processed tests, the results are overwhelmingly negative:

  • 8,509 negative
  • 14 positive
  • 32 void

The results show that the number of positive tests has been incredibly low, as many students return home for the Winter break. This is encouraging as it suggests that students have on average been following guidance around social distancing and isolating when they have symptoms or contact with someone who’s had a positive test. This is really encouraging, as we know that many students have been feeling really isolated and it must have been really difficult at times. With that in mind, we’re looking forward to 2021 and hopefully being able to have more face-to-face interactions with students again.


Next semester

The University has published new information for students about a staggered return to campus for term two. For all available information about coming back to Sussex and getting tested, head over to the University’s Covid testing page.