ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 CASE IN LIMASSOL CAMPUS

In relation to yesterday’s announcement by the Ministry of Health on the confirmed Covid-19 cases, which refers to a Frederick University student, we would like to note the following:

  1. The University was informed yesterday by the Ministry of Health that one of its Limassol campus students is a confirmed Covid-19 case. The University immediately contacted the student and is pleased to note that he is in good health and is recovering.
  2. The University’s Health and Safety Protocol 8/2020 (MANAGEMENT OF COFIRMED COVID-19 CASE) has been activated. The protocol has been prepared by the University based on the directions and guidelines that have been issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour.
  3. We are coordinating with the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit for the implementation of the contact tracing and disinfection protocol.
  4. On Tuesday 13/10 the Limassol campus will be closed for students to allow for all necessary cleaning and disinfection actions to take place. As an additional preventive measure, no educational activities will take place at the Limassol campus until Monday 19/10. During this period, all lectures that were to be conducted with physical presence in the University’s classrooms will be fully conducted online.
  5. The Crisis Management Committee of the University, in coordination with the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health, is in communication with all members of its community that have been in contact with the confirmed case to guide them on self-isolation and/or Covid-19 testing.
  6. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, our priority has been the health and safety of our academic community, students and staff, collaborators and visitors that enter the University premises, and we have been implementing a strict health and safety protocol that we have developed based on the Ministry of Health guidelines and regularly update according to the developments.
  7. The preventive and protective measures we are implementing include, amongst others, disinfection of classrooms after each lecture, regular disinfection of the University’s common areas, social distancing, amendment of the timetable to avoid overcrowding, reduction of classrooms capacity based on their size, use of masks, hybrid teaching via specially designed classrooms and online provision of services.
  8. At the same time, we have prepared for the possibility of identifying a confirmed Covid-19 case in our University community, by designing a special protocol and action plan on the management of such a case, acknowledging that such a scenario is statistically possible, under these unusual circumstances and at a University with thousands of members and campuses in two cities.
  9. We take this opportunity to remind our university community of the need to adapt to the new reality and strictly follow the protective measures to ensure the health of ourselves and those around us. Keep practicing social distancing, wearing your masks, following the hygiene guidelines and the relevant University rules, and if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case please immediately inform the Health & Safety Office of the University.
  10. The University will continue to responsibly provide high quality education within the specially designed framework that has been adopted (blended system of online teaching and teaching via hybrid classrooms), while strictly following all the protective measures that are included in the eight special protocols that are in place. For this reason, we once again urge all members of the academic community to strictly implement the relevant protocols while on Campus and continue following personal protective measures when outside of the University areas.