The NHS COVID-19 app is a key part of the country’s ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) response, aiming to work together with the NHS Test and Trace in England, as well as NHS Test, Trace and Protect in Wales, to slow the spread of COVID-19, by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download for anyone aged 16 and over – it uses Bluetooth to anonymously monitor the distance between individuals that have it downloaded on their device. If an individual tests positive, this can be entered into the app and it will ask for permission to anonymously alert those that have been in ‘close contact’ - generally meaning being within 2 metres of the individual for 15 minutes.

Further information about how the app works is available on the NHS COVID-19 app support page.

Areas open to the public within the college have a unique, official NHS QR code to allow you to ‘check-in’, this will include the gym, Halo (salon), the Library, Bistro 1819 (training restaurant) and our Podiatry Clinics in Framwellgate Moor and Bishop Auckland.

Making the decision to download the app does not replace the need to social distance – you must continue to follow the measures agreed in the college risk assessment and student protocol. The College has an agreed process for reporting positive cases of COVID-19 so you must still tell you tutor if you have symptoms and need to self-isolate, and/or if you have received a positive test result.

If you receive an alert on the app, whilst on college premises, that you have been in close contact with a positive case, you must report this information to your tutor/lecturer and leave the building as soon as possible to self-isolate. This information will then be dealt with.

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