George Campus records first known COVID-19 student case


George Campus confirms its first COVID–19 case after a student tested positive on Thursday (5 November). The student is currently in isolation at an off-campus government facility, being monitored by healthcare professionals.

We are also awaiting the results of three other students who were identified as close contacts, and who are also presently isolating, pending the outcome of their tests.

All COVID-19 protocols have been, and are being, followed, including contact tracing, the identification and support to Persons Under Investigation (PUI’s), the quarantining of affected residences, and decontamination of all affected areas and facilities. These pro-active measures are aimed at swiftly containing the spread of the virus.

At this stage, there is minimal risk of exposure.

We are mindful, however, that a COVID-19 resurgence is upon us, not only in our region but nationally, as evidenced by the rising number of cases. The potential for clusters and outbreaks is very real.

To this end, off-site screening is taking place at one of our off-campus residences as our PUIs (who are awaiting the outcome of their tests) did have contact with some students who reside off campus.

In keeping with Department of Health’s COVID-19 regulations, the affected campus residences, both on and off campus, will be placed under quarantine for the next 10 days.

As an additional precautionary measure, we are urging all students to limit their movement during the next few days as we seek viable alternative solutions in bringing some of the essential services on campus.

The Campus Health and Wellness team will remain in continuous contact with the student, who tested positive, as well as the PUIs and listed contacts, in providing the necessary support, monitoring and guidance.

The Emthonjeni Wellness Centre is offering “Group Sessions” via Ms Teams as from Monday 09 November 2020. Details will be shared in due course as these sessions will be dedicated to groups of students who may be experiencing difficulties in this period.

We wish our affected student strength and a speedy recovery.

Finally, please be assured of our efforts to contain any spread of the virus, as we also seek your support in adhering to all COVID-19 prevention measures – by wearing your mask, sanitising your hands, keeping your distance and staying at home.

#Office of the Campus Principal