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Update to staff and students - 7 March at 2pm

Dear colleagues and students,

I have been advised today that a student based on our Loughborough campus has contracted Coronavirus.

The student has not been in Loughborough since 3rd March. Public Health England believe the student contracted the virus during a recent visit to Italy. We have been in touch with a small number of students and staff who had contact (as defined by Public Health England) with the individual and they have already self-isolated off-campus as a precaution. The student does not live in one of our Halls of Residence, has not attended LSU events and has not attended any classes during the period of concern.

We are doing extensive work to implement our plan to manage the risk to members of the University community. This includes following all guidance provided by Public Health England.

I must stress two points. First, the overall risk is not high. Second, the most important thing that we can all do at this time is follow advice from health care professionals with regard to our own wellbeing and that of our colleagues, family and friends.

You will receive further emails as the current situation develops. Please read all communications in detail and follow advice.

Please maintain good standards of personal hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

I am confident that if we all take care and support each other we can manage the current situation and minimise the risk to the campus community. If you have any concerns or questions please email notifications@lboro.ac.uk. Further information is also available on our dedicated Coronavirus website, which is being updated regularly.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Robert Allison
Vice-Chancellor