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Confirmed case of COVID-19

15 March 2020
Student diagnosed with COVID-19
Six locations on the University of Sydney campus are being intensively cleaned today (Sunday 15 March) after a student was diagnosed with COVID-19 on the weekend.

The student reported feeling ill, was tested for COVID-19 and is currently in hospital, recovering and doing well.

The case is one previously announced and does not alter the latest statistics. As at 11am today, an additional 22 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 134.

NSW Health and the University of Sydney have identified around 80 people who were close contacts with the student while on campus, who have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Staff and students are asked to be vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath and phone ahead to their GP.

NSW Health advises that for more than 80 percent of Australians with COVID-19 infection, they will likely have a relatively mild illness.

The current advice is that the rest of campus can continue to operate as normal.

University rooms being cleaned in accordance with NSW Health guidelines are:

  • Physics Road Building - dry lab LG03;
  • Education Building - seminar room 618;
  • Carslaw - room 452 and seminar room 355;
  • Old Teachers College - Psychology computer lab 403;
  • Brennan MacCallum - room 110.

Since COVID-19 emerged, the University of Sydney has been closely monitoring the situation, liaising with other universities and taking advice from the Federal Government and NSW Health.

Preventative measures undertaken on campus include increased frequency of cleaning; increased signage regarding hygiene practices and installation of hand sanitiser units across the campus.

NSW Health information about COVID-19 can be found by visiting www.health.nsw.gov.au while the Federal Government’s COVID-19 National Health Plan can be found by visiting www.health.gov.au

The University of Sydney is offering all those affected support and counselling.