University of Sydney update on coronavirus management plan

January 28, 2020
Risk of contracting the novel coronavirus (n-CoV) remains low
This afternoon the University of Sydney issued an update about its plan to manage the health risks associated with the novel coronavirus (n-CoV). All staff and students should avoid travelling to the Hubei province until further notice.

The safety and wellbeing of all our students is our highest priority.

We’re closely monitoring the situation, liaising with other universities and taking advice from the Federal Government and NSW Department of Health. A high-level staff response team has been convened to monitor and manage the situation on a daily basis.

Since the outbreak occurred, we’ve been communicating directly with students (current and commencing) who may have been in the affected regions. We have asked them to provide us with an update on their circumstances and have offered support.

Students still in China have been asked to follow the advice of the Chinese Government and to avoid travel if they are ill. We have assured them that we will support them if they are unable to travel to Sydney in time for the start of semester one on 24 February 2020.

We are currently assessing a range of different enrolment options and more information about those options will be released soon.

We have advised staff and students to avoid travelling to Hubei province until further notice and are assessing options for students due to commence placement or study exchanges to China in semester one.

On campus, staff at our University Health Service have been providing advice and support. As NSW Health has directed, students or staff who are feeling unwell are being advised to phone a general practitioner or their local hospital for information and not to visit in person.

We’ve also reminded staff and students to follow the basic hygiene advice below to stay healthy:

  • Using soap or alcohol-based hand wash frequently and washing hands for at least 20 seconds each time;
  • Avoiding areas where there are people sneezing, covering their mouth or nose if sneezing or coughing with a flexed elbow and disposing of tissues immediately;
  • Avoiding contact with anyone who is unwell; and
  • Not attending study or work if they’re unwell.