Student hall lockdown over Covid-19 outbreak
Following a confirmed outbreak of Covid-19, residents of Wavell House “are required to self-isolate with immediate effect for 14 days”
By: Jeevan Bains
Wavell House; Courtesy: University of Aberdeen
NHS Grampian Team confirms Covid-19 cases at Hillhead Student Village
Tonight, the Principal of The University of Aberdeen has informed students via email that a number of students have tested positive for the coronavirus including students ‘whom stay in Wavell House’ with ‘all residents in Wavell House [requiring] to self-isolate with immediate effect for 14 days unless advised otherwise’.
According to the email, sent at 10pm: “Those who have been identified as close contacts of the confirmed cases will be contacted by Test and Protect over this evening and tomorrow. They will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
“In the meantime, due to the anticipated large number of students in Wavell House who may have had close contact with the positive cases, and the rapidly changing nature of this situation, the Health Protection Team have advised that all residents in Wavell House are required to self-isolate with immediate effect for 14 days unless advised otherwise.”
This comes as four students from St Andrews University caught the virus after a freshers’ week party which saw more than 40 people placed into self-isolation.
This evening, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced extra restrictions for household meetings across Scotland in a national address.
The University statement explained that ‘close contacts of the confirmed cases will be contacted by Test and Protect over this evening and tomorrow’ as well as providing information in the statement of the Scottish Government FACTS campaign and the ‘Covid Campus Guidelines and Covid Campus pledge’.
The University says it ‘appreciates’ that this is ‘an anxious time’ for students, but asks that “we all work together to comply with the guidelines to help keep our community safe and mitigate the risk of any further spread.”
For more information on Coronavirus symptoms and self-isolation visit: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19