Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone confirmed that both a student and member of staff have tested positive for Covid-19. The cases are not related and it is thought that the infections were acquired outside of Fife.
In an email sent to University of St Andrews colleagues and students earlier this afternoon, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone confirmed that both a student and member of staff have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are not related and it is thought that the infections were acquired outside of Fife.
Principal Mapstone assures “support and care” is being provided by the University to the infected student, and that neither person who tested positive is seriously ill and both have been isolating since their symptoms appeared. The member of staff has been working from home since they became symptomatic.
The NHS has said that the risk of onward transmission to the rest of the local community in St Andrews is low, and the University are working closely with NHS Fife and Public Health Scotland. The University’s Covid Rapid Response Team is ensuring that the NHS Test and Protect team have access to any information required to ensure effective contact tracing.
On the news, Principal Mapstone commented that it is “entirely to be expected, given evidence of the prevalence of Covid elsewhere in the UK,” recognising that the announcement may be unsettling.
“What it demonstrates is that our systems are working, that our community is aware of the importance of alerting the University and the NHS if they display symptoms, and that our Covid Rapid Response Team is an effective interface with our colleagues in the NHS and Public Health Scotland.”
Principal Mapstone asked the student body to continue observing the University’s Covid code which has recently been updated following the Scottish Government’s latest restrictions on social gatherings, now limiting them to no more than six people.
“It is clear that the country is at a tipping point again, and how we all act and react over the next days and weeks will be vital. Please, follow the guidelines, and look out for those around you.”