Dear staff and students,
Flinders University has been contacted by SA Health this evening (28 November) as a follow-up to the recent positive COVID-19 cases related to the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI).
SA Health have recommended that anyone who has visited Sturt campus anytime from 13 November 2020 until 28 November 2020 should:
- Get tested for COVID as soon as practicable
- Remain in isolation whilst awaiting results
- Monitor for symptoms and signs of COVID-19
- If symptoms occur, isolate and get re-tested
Links to specific SA Health Advice and Alerts:
Information on COVID-19 clinics and testing centres is available here.
COVID-19 Health Information Alerts and Announcements is available here.
Information on contact tracing and current restrictions is available here.
At this stage no Flinders staff or student has been identified as a close contact and there are no confirmed cases amongst Flinders University staff or students.
Notice of closure – Sturt Campus closed until 2 December
Out of an abundance of caution, effective immediately, all buildings on the Sturt Campus are closed until 8am on 2 December as we undertake further deep cleaning. This closure includes IELI itself, as well as Health2Go, FISC, Sturt Library and the Sturt Café.
Studying and working from home
There is no change to the advice provided to staff and students who have not been to the Sturt Campus between 13-28 November.
Staff in SA are encouraged to work from home this coming week (30 November - 4 December) if able to do so and in consultation with their supervisor or manager.
Students are asked to only come to one of our South Australian campuses if they have a scheduled class activity or exam, or need to access one of our services in person.
Symptoms and testing
This is a timely reminder that anyone developing COVID-19 like symptoms – even if you have not been in one of the locations linked to the Parafield cluster – should immediately get tested and self-isolate until you know the result of the test.
Physical distancing means increasing the space between you and others. It makes it harder for a virus to spread. The Department of Health has provided guidance on what Physical Distancing means in the home, at work and in public areas.
Ongoing updates, information and support
A further update will be provided tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) or as further advice is received from SA Health. Flinders University continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and we continue to align our actions with advice from the health authorities and the Australian Government.
If you have any questions or concerns please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check our staff and student websites for regular updates.
I realise that this current outbreak in South Australia may be a cause for concern or worry for members of our community. Please remember that our student and staff support networks are available to you throughout this period.
Take care and look after each other, and I will be in contact again soon.