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HKU staff and students are required to report to the Task Force on Infectious Diseases (TFID) through the channels set out below if:

(a) they have tested positive for COVID-19 (whether they have tested by RAT/PCR or are determined by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) as a preliminary confirmed or confirmed case), UNLESS they have not been to the HKU campus (including halls of residence) for 7 days or more prior to the date of the COVID-19 test with a positive result; OR

(b) they have been in close contact with a test positive case (as determined by the CHP or by HKU’s definition of close contact), UNLESS they have not been to the HKU campus (including halls of residence) for 7 days or more starting from the last date of exposure to the test positive case.


For Staff

  • Please complete this online self-reporting form (portal login required). You may also scan the following QR code to access the form: 
  • Please also keep the Faculty Secretary (for academic units under the Faculty structure) or the Head of Department (for other administrative units) informed simultaneously.
  • For enquiries, please email ncovstaff@hku.hk.


For Students

QR Code for Self-Reporting Questionnaire

  • Please also inform the following party or parties simultaneously as applicable to your situation:
    • Home Faculty/Department Secretary
    • Programme Director/Coordinator
    • Thesis Supervisor
    • Warden/Master of your residential hall/college

Here are some proposed actions to be performed by faculties or halls when there is a test positive case or close contact case on campus. Please note that this guideline may change frequently depending on the situation in Hong Kong.

Actions required for test positive cases and their close contacts 

(Last updated on Mar 7, 2022, 6pm)

Latest guidelines for COVID-19 patients:

Confirmed COVID-19 patients are advised to stay home pending admission to a hospital, subject to the following protocol:

(1) For persons who have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine:

Stay home for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test on Day 6 and Day 7 (the day you test positive is counted as Day 0)

  • If tested negative on these two successive days, can be released from home quarantine
  • If tested positive on either Day 6 or Day 7: stay home and continue to undergo daily RAT until a negative result is obtained for two successive days


(2) For persons who have not been vaccinated or those who have only received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine:

Stay home for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test on Day 14 (the day you test positive is counted as Day 0)

  • If tested negative on Day 14 with RAT/ PCR: release from home quarantine
  • If tested positive on Day 14 with RAT/ PCR: stay home and undergo daily RAT until a negative result is obtained


Please record and retain the test results.

(3) Upon your return to work or studies the first week after your home quarantine, please isolate yourself from others where possible and refrain from having meals with others or engaging in any mask-off activities.

Reference: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/pa_early_text_ENG.pdf

(Last updated on Mar 14, 2022, 5:45pm)

What is the definition of “close contact”? What should I do if I come into “close contact” with someone who has been diagnosed to have COVID-19?

“Close contacts” are individuals who, from 2 days before the first symptoms of the infected case became apparent or, in an asymptomatic case, from 2 days before the case’s first positive test, engaged with an infected person in mask-off activities (e.g. eating or drinking together) or mask-on activities within a poorly ventilated area for 30 minutes or longer.

However, those individuals who came into contact with an infected person are not considered as “close contacts” if the potential contact was wearing (1) a surgical mask plus a reusable mask (worn over the surgical mask) OR (2) a single KF94, KN95 or N95 mask, AND the test positive case was wearing at least a surgical mask.

If you have “close contact” with an infected person, please return to the campus no earlier than 7 days from the last date of contact with the infected person. Please undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on a daily basis during the 7-day period.

If you feel unwell, please seek medical attention at designated clinics or call the hotline 1 836 115 for advice.

Please see here a list of Hospital Authority Designated Clinics for COVID-19 Confirmed Cases.

How do you take an accurate Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)?

The video below by the Chi Sun College Tutorial Team demonstrates how to accurately take a Rapid Antigen Test: