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First publicly confirmed case of COVID-19 at USyd

A first-year student has contracted the virus.

The first case of COVID-19 has been publicly confirmed on campus, with a first year student contracting the virus. 

The student is well and is currently receiving medical care. Honi understands the student attended first-year lectures and tutorials in psychology, maths and education on campus between 24 February and 11 March. 

An email from an EDUF1018 lecturer states that the student had a tutorial in the Education Building, on Wednesday 9AM – 11AM. The unit’s lecture takes place in the Holme Building, which houses the popular Courtyard Cafe, on Monday 9AM – 11AM.

NSW Health and the University of Sydney have identified approximately 80 students and staff who attended tutorials with the student, and are considered to have been in ‘close contact’. All have been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days from the last date they attended a class with the student.

6 locations on the University of Sydney campus are being intensively cleaned today after the diagnosis. These include the Physics Road Building dry lab LG03, the Education Building seminar room 618, Carslaw room 452 and 355, Old Teachers College psychology computer lab 403, and the Brennan MacCallum building room 110.

At the time of writing, Honi is unsure what other classes the student went to, however, we will provide updates as they come in.

More to come.

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