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University confirms 40 students have COVID and are in quarantine

Written by on 29/09/2020

At least 40 university students in Sheffield are self-isolating after being struck down with coronavirus.

Just over a week after arriving back in the city to study, Sheffield Hallam University confirmed that it is aware of “40 confirmed cases among our University community”.

Those infected are self-isolating for a fortnight in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading and the university says the cases are not clustered within one single block of accommodation.

A spokesman for Sheffield Hallam University said: “We are aware of 40 confirmed cases among our University community. These cases are not clustered within a particular student accommodation setting and all those students, and others in their household, are following government guidelines to self-isolate for 14 days.

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

The university said that once it is made aware of a positive test, procedures are followed and contacts are informed through track and trace.

The spokesman 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.

“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.”

A reporting form and a list of advice for students on what they need to do if they think they have coronavirus can be found on the university website.

South Yorkshire Live has contacted the University of Sheffield to ask how many positive coronavirus cases have been reported among the student community.