A member of the Royal Holloway community has tested positive for coronavirus, that according to an update on the University student intranet. The update said that the individual was now self-isolating and that the University was wishing them a speedy recovery. The update also confirmed that there were no other confirmed cases at the University at this time. It has not been made clear as to whether the individual is a member of staff, or a student.
Head of health and safety Douglas Searle said:
“The health, safety and well-being of students, staff and our wider community is a priority at Royal Holloway and we understand that people may be concerned. NHS Test and Trace or the university will be in touch with anyone we believe may have been in close contact with the individual concerned. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and would urge the whole community to continue to follow the rules and guidance in relation to social distancing and hygiene measures.”
As the University works to establish who has been in close contact with the infected individual (and therefore who must isolate the required time), the case comes a few days after a final year student reported feeling unsafe after reports of parties on campus in breach of coronavirus legislation, to which the University responded by implementing new fines and penalties.
Life around campus continues however, with both university and student union continuing to take steps to keep campus COVID secure.
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