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Update to students - Tuesday 10 March at 9am

Dear Students

Further to my message on Saturday, I am writing with an update on the situation with regard to Coronavirus at the University.

In short, I am pleased to report that there has been no change in the number of positive cases since my last message to you.

There is currently one positive case of Covid-19 relating to the University. I wrote to you about this on Saturday. Rumours have been circulating today of multiple positive cases. Let me be absolutely clear: this is not true. I will be honest and say that other cases may be likely within the University, but for now there is one case.

I can reassure you that the Public Health authorities are satisfied they have identified everyone who the student with Covid-19 had contact with and any individual is self-isolating as a precaution.

Cleaning duties on the campus have been changed to prioritise higher risk features such as bannisters, gym equipment, door handles and communal areas. This is happening as a general precaution across the University estate and not in response to specific risks or concerns. Whatever rumours you may hear to the contrary, this is a sensible precaution and not a response to further infection.

Loughborough students are, in my experience, sensible and mature individuals. This was confirmed on Saturday afternoon when I met a number of you as I walked through the student village and again this morning when I walked across the campus. In return, I shall be honest and open with you all as the current situation develops.

This is a time for us all to pull together as a community so please reassure each other, your friends and family if necessary.

The best advice I can give you right now is wash your hands regularly. Soap is extremely effective at killing Coronavirus. You can find details on our website about questions you may have.

I am pleased to say that the student that tested positive is being well cared for. We have been in touch with her on a number of occasions. Most importantly, she is doing well. The individual is not in Loughborough and has not been on the campus since 3 March, the best part of a week ago.

I shall email you again if my concern changes and you need to know more.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Allison
Vice-Chancellor