Information for Clubs regarding NHS Test and Trace

(Information sent to Clubs 08.09.20)

Information for Clubs Regarding NHS Test and Trace and What Happens if Someone Tests Positive for Covid-19

I have been asked if the RFU have a policy or guidance on what to do if a player or coach tests positive for Covid-19. The current RFU Guidance is to follow the Dept. of Health/NHS Test and Trace policy. I therefore wanted to provide you with the NHS Test and Trace information and highlight some of the salient points and hopefully clear up some confusion. Whilst I was unable to work as a Physiotherapist during lockdown, I trained as a Clinical Contact Caseworker for NHS Test and Trace and this is a role I am still doing on a part-time basis.

The full guidance is available at


If you develop any coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate and order a test. The link to order a test is available in the above link or you can call 119.

The main symptoms are:

  • High temperature
  • New continuous cough
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Whilst you wait for your test results you need to continue to self-isolate, as do your household members.

It would also be considerate to alert people with whom you have had close contact with over the last 48 hours (2 days), that you might have coronavirus and are having a test. These people do not need to self-isolate until the test result is known but they should take extra care in practising social distancing and watch out for developing any symptoms.

Negative Test Result

You can discontinue self-isolating, as can your household. Let any contacts know the result is negative.

However, if you are still feeling unwell be a considerate person and don’t spread your cold, flu or whatever other non-covid-19 virus you have, to other people!

Positive Test Result

You and other members of your household must continue to self-isolate.

The person whom tested positive – “the case” – must self-isolate for 10 days.

Household members and contacts must self-isolate for 14 days.

You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to collect details of your contacts.

Test and Trace

Initially you will receive an email or text, if you have given your email and mobile number to the test centre, with a link to complete the contact tracing information yourself. If you do not respond to this within a certain time then you will contacted by telephone – by someone like me! The call will come from 0300 013 5000.

Who is a “Contact” and therefore must Self-isolate for 14 days?

  • Household members.
  • Anyone “the case” had close contact with in the 48 hours (2 days) prior to symptoms developing, or since the symptoms developed.
  • Close contact is:
    • having face-to-face contact with someone less than 1 metre away (including times where you have worn a face covering);
    • spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of someone;
    • travelling in a car or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or close to them on a plane.

Testing of Contacts

Contacts of the case should only get tested if they develop symptoms. They may choose to get tested if they are an essential worker or care for someone who is high risk.

If a contact tests negative they must still complete the 14 days self-isolation.


If I receive any further guidance from the RFU I will be sure to pass this onto clubs via email and social media. If you have any questions please feel free to email me,

Stay safe and well everyone,

Cathryn Clark

RugbySafe Lead, Northumberland Rugby Union