Nearly 120 University of Sheffield students test positive for Covid-19 in three days

More than 100 University of Sheffield students have tested positive for Covid-19 in the space of three days.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 1:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 1:45 pm
Over 100 students at the University of Sheffield have tested positive for Covid-19

Figures released by the university show that since the Autumn term began on Monday, 116 students and two staff members have tested positive.

On Monday, 19 students tested positive, on Tuesday another 32 were confirmed to have the virus and yesterday 65 cases were recorded.

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The university has around 29,000 students and 8,000 members of staff.

In a statement on its website, the university said: “When we received notification of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, we follow detailed processes and procedures, including tracking and tracing to reduce onward transmission, communications to relevant staff and students, and deep cleaning of affected areas where appropriate.

“Staff and students who are confirmed as having Covid-19 are asked to share details of their close contacts to allow us to inform those that will need to self-isolate in line with government guidelines.

“In addition to this information, we are using timetabling data and system logs to identify staff and students who may have been in close proximity to a confirmed Covid-19 case and may therefore have to isolate

“When a member of the university community tests positive they self-isolate with their household in line with government guidelines.”

The university said staff are supporting self-isolating students with phone calls ‘to check on their welfare’ and to offer ‘practical and emotional support’.

Support is also offered to help students access medication, shopping and food.

The university is publishing confirmed Covid-19 cases on a daily basis.

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