Sheffield Hallam University reveals 40 STUDENTS have now tested positive for Covid-19

Sheffield Hallam University has reported a significant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases among its student community over the weekend.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 2:09 pm

The institution said it is aware of 40 confirmed cases among its student population of over 30,000 people as of Monday, September 28.

It comes as the university told The Star on Friday that it had ‘fewer than 10’ cases, with a similar number of students self-isolating following official advice to do so - although none had been on the campus.

In a statement on Tuesday, Sheffield Hallam University said that all those that had tested positive for coronavirus, and others in their household, are following government guidelines to self-isolate for 14 days

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Sheffield Hallam University said it is now aware of 40 confirmed coronavirus cases among its student community

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“The University is providing a range of support for those self-isolating, including food packages, wellbeing support and medicine for those that need it,” it added.

“Once we are notified of a positive test we will follow procedures to ensure public health partners are aware and contacts are informed through track and trace. A reporting form for students and advice on what they need to do can be found at shu.ac.uk/safe.

“We are working closely with our partner accommodation providers to keep students safe, reminding them of their responsibilities and that they should not meet with other households inside their accommodation.

“The University is managing an unprecedented situation and we will continue to adapt and develop our plans over the weeks ahead, guided by the need to both keep safe and to provide the best possible learning and working experience.”