By Teo Coroiou
Just one positive case of coronavirus was reported yesterday on the University of Essex Colchester campus – and none on Loughton and Southend campuses.
There are 13 current positive cases related to the Colchester complex: nine students on campus, two students who study remotely and two staff member who work remotely.
Since the voluntary Rapid Covid-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test programme was launched on 24 September last year it was administrated nearly 8000 tests in Colchester, Loughton, and Southend campuses.
This asymptomatic testing helped the staff to prevent the spread of the virus across the campus.
From 10 November 2020, the University replaced the Antibody test with the use of Rapid Antigen swab tests.
The Rapid Antigen test can pick up the active virus much earlier than the Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test – between 3-7 days (a time when an individual is highly infectious).
There have been administrated until 5 March, 9553 Rapid Antigen swab test on Colchester campus, 1286 on Southend, and 845 on Loughton.
As well as, 6525 Rapid Covid-19 IgM/IgG Antibody tests were administrated on Colchester, 991 on Southend, and 966 on Loughton campuses until 5th March.