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Update on Monday 17 Feb

The University has said:

"A student on our campus was recently admitted to hospital for tests (Monday 10 February). It has been confirmed they do not have coronavirus.

It is likely that over the coming days there will be many people living in the UK who will be tested for the virus, as medical professionals work hard to manage the virus. The University will be providing support to students and staff who may have concerns and that will always remain our number one priority.

If there is any information to share, in relation to anyone in our community testing positive for the virus, we will inform our staff and students at the earliest opportunity.

The University has stringent plans and procedures in place to deal with all eventualities and we are following all the advice and guidance from Public Health England in this regard.

Please remember, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst our students and staff."

See https://student.sussex.ac.uk/coronavirus for latest advice and updates from the University.


Update on Monday 10 Feb at 4.30pm

The University has just sent the following email to all students:

'An update on Coronavirus

Dear all students,

We want to let you know that today a student on our campus has been admitted to hospital, to be tested for Coronavirus.  The student involved had returned recently from overseas and unfortunately started to feel unwell.  They took the wise decision to inform health professionals at an early opportunity and we will soon know the results of any tests.

We know that some students and staff will be aware that an ambulance arrived on campus this afternoon and so we wanted to make sure you are aware of the situation, to avoid speculation.  The University is following all the practical steps as outlined by Public Health England and is in touch with fellow students of the young person involved.

We are very conscious that this is a difficult time for our student and we are concerned at making sure they are supported.  We also please ask that we all continue to support each other during this time, particularly our students from overseas who are feeling a long way from home at the moment and at times vulnerable.

We know this is worrying for our community, especially as there is a focus on Brighton in the media.  Please know that our teams are following all advice and have been planning over the past week for all eventualities.

We will keep you updated with information as and when it becomes available.  As always, if you can’t find the information you require here please email HealthSafety@sussex.ac.uk, if you have a question/concern on this issue.

Kind regards,

Internal Communications'


Update on Friday 7 Feb:

Following latest reports of coronavirus in Brighton, we suggest that concerned students keep an eye on the Gov.uk site and Public Health England (PHE) for updates, information and advice.  

The University has released the following statement: 

“We are very sorry to hear that a third person is now receiving treatment for Coronavirus and we wish them a full and swift recovery.  This person is not a student or member of staff at the University of Sussex.  We would like to offer our full support to our neighbours across the city.”

As your Students' Union we encourage all students to be mindful and supportive toward their peers, particularly those who have ties with China and other affected countries and may be finding this a challenging time. 

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