An Incident Management Team has been established to respond to number of cases of Covid-19 within the student community in Aberystwyth. Ceredigion County Council are working closely with Aberystwyth University, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Public Health Wales to contain the spread of the virus. But we need everyone’s help.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases at Aberystwyth University can be found on the university's website: Covid-19 case numbers.
All the latest information for students can be found on Aberystwyth University’s website. This includes the control measure which are being put in place across the campus.
We have two Covid-19 testing sites available in Aberystwyth for members of the public, including students. These testing facilities are for people living in Ceredigion. Bring ID and proof of address, such as a driving licence or utility bill. The test will take around 5 minutes and you will be asked to swab your throat and nose. You will be given instructions how to do this.
Walk in at Penglais Road, Aberystwyth
The facility is located in the carpark of the former university nursery building (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), Penglais Road, Aberystwyth and can be accessed via the walkway which will be clearly signposted to ensure people get to the right place.
This is a walk-in testing facility only. Please make sure:
- You only attend on foot or by bike
- Do not use public transport e.g. a taxi
- Wear a face covering on the way to and from your test
- Do not visit any shops or other places on the way to or from your test
- Observe social distancing whilst waiting for a test
Please note, you must book a test in advance.
Drive through at Canolfan Rheidol, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, SY23 3UE
This facility is a drive-through testing facility only. Please make sure:
- You only arrive by car
- Remain in your car at all times
- Do not use public transport e.g. a taxi
- Do not visit any shops or other places on the way to or from your test.
You can arrange a test by calling 119 or by visiting the Welsh Government’s website: Apply for a coronavirus (Covid-19) test
Please make sure when booking your test that you select the option you need (for example, only book the walk-in centre if you are not able to travel in your own vehicle to the drive through facility).
University students with COVID-19 symptoms are required to provide the temporary local address they are living at while they are students at Aberystwyth University and not their usual home address.
Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not turn up without booking first as it will not be possible to accommodate you without an appointment.
Remember the basics to keep yourself and other people safe.
- Keep a 2 metre social distance.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and on public transport. This excludes children under 11 years old.
- Ensure that no more than 6 people from an extended household meets indoors at the same time.
- Ensure that no more than 30 people meet outdoors together.
The Welsh Government has published guidance for students in Universities across Wales. The guidance explains what is a “student’s household” whilst at University and private accommodation, and who can form part of that extended household.
Aberystwyth University has asked its students not to mix student households for an initial period following arriving at University.
It is important for everyone to recognise that the virus has not gone away, and people are being reminded to follow the regulations and to take responsibility for keeping themselves, and others safe.
The student community and the wider community of Ceredigion are being urged to take the risk seriously and consider how their actions may impact on more vulnerable members of our communities. People should remain vigilant, limit their social contact and adhere to all coronavirus regulations.
To mitigate the risk of coming into contact with the coronavirus, students should:
- reduce their social contact.
- avoid unorganised gatherings, busy places and large queues.
- wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, including in public areas in shared accommodation.
- maintain social distance.
- not share personal items.
These measures will help reduce the risk to family, friends and the wider community.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- a new, continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste: this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If you develop one of these symptoms, you should not leave your home unless it’s to go for a test.
You and your whole household must self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started. Your household members must self-isolate for 14 days from the date your symptoms started. You can only come out of self-isolation earlier than this if your test result is negative.
Welsh Government guidance for students in Wales: