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Oldham College continues to monitor the situation and to take Government advice in relation to COVID-19 so that we can take any further action, if necessary.

It is important to take a common sense approach to this matter. Currently, there are minimal cases outside the listed areas and therefore the likelihood of you coming into contact with a confirmed case is extremely low.

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. It’s very unlikely to be coronavirus if:

You have not been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
You have not been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days – see the NHS coronavirus advice for travellers

If you think you might have coronavirus, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

If you think you’ve been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. The College should continue to function as normal and you should continue to attend work unless you have been informed that you have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.



The FCO advises that people concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on existing travel plans should check with their airline, tour operator, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers as applicable. Individual providers may also have their own requirements for customers or passengers to meet.

If you are planning a holiday in the near future to any of the affected areas you must inform your manager immediately.



Further advice

If you have any concerns relating to the impact of COVID-19 on your ability to come to work you should discuss these with your manager.

Staff can also access the College’s Employee Assistance Programme which is provided by Medicash:

Telephone: 0345 565 1851 or visit Login: medicash



Government / NHS advice

The full list of affected areas is under constant review and can be seen on Government website at:

NHS guidance can be found at:

The Department for Education (DfE) has a COVID-19 helpline. Call 0800 046 8687 or email (The helpline if open from 8am to 6pm from Monday to Friday).

The link to the full guidance for Educational Settings is