New cases of Covid confirmed
Nine new cases of Covid have been confirmed amongst students at the University of St Andrews today (Friday 25 September).
All are in isolation, have comparatively mild illness, and are being supported by the University’s Covid Rapid Response and Student Services teams. In every case, students followed procedures, notifying the University of their test results and remaining in isolation.
This brings the total number of cases at the University since 1 September to 21. These involve 19 students, and two members of staff.
The University is working closely with NHS Fife and Public Health Scotland and close contacts of the affected students are already in isolation.
This week, St Andrews Principal Professor Sally Mapstone wrote to all students, praising them for their response to the University’s recent call for a voluntary lockdown, and asking them to observe the same this weekend.
“So many of you have responded selflessly and constructively to our call last week for a voluntary lockdown,” she said.
“I know that this has not been popular, and that none of you would have wished to have your experience of St Andrews curtailed in this way. As a student community, however, you have set a really positive example for others to follow.”
While St Andrews has asked its students again not to visit pubs, bars or restaurants this weekend, sporting and other student activity will continue. The Byre Theatre is screening films especially for students, live-streaming Shakespeare, and holding a digital music festival.
Students have also been encouraged to go to the beach if they wish, providing they follow new Scottish Government guidance on households mixing.
St Andrews has also developed a dedicated Wellbeing section on its website with links to support and advice for students who are anxious or need help during self-isolation.
Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.