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Confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) - Joint communication from University of the West of Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire

8 March, 2020

NHS Public Health officials have notified the University that an individual at the Lanarkshire Campus has tested positive for coronavirus.

The individual is being treated in hospital and is giving no cause for concern. As a University community we wish them a swift and full recovery.

The person concerned had limited contact with a small group of individuals at the University. All have been contacted, are well and have no symptoms.

We are fully aware and appreciate the concerns people have about coronavirus (COVID-19) at this time, however Public Health officials have reassured that the risk of contracting coronavirus from this individual is extremely low.

In line with Public Health advice, all UWS campuses remain fully open and operational, and students and staff should attend as normal. 

The University continues to follow all necessary infection, prevention and precautions in line with Public Health guidance.

Public Health officials have also confirmed that students and staff should continue to follow the most up-to-date healthcare advice, which can be found on the NHS Inform website.

The best way for people to protect themselves and others is to wash their hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day. People should also avoid touching surfaces and then their mouth or eyes.

They should also attempt to catch any cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it, and wash their hands.

Updates are available on the University’s dedicated coronavirus information hub on the University’s website which also contains further information and links to a range of helpful resources from national agencies including:

  • How to reduce the risk of getting and spreading the virus
  • Travel advice
  • Symptoms and what to do if you have developed symptoms
  • Helpline and reporting

We hope all staff and students find this update reassuring and helpful.

Last updated: 08/03/2020