There has been a COVID-19 outbreak at residences onsite at the Australian National University (ANU).
200 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed across 12 residences at the ANU. The university is set to test all residents across all halls every 48 hours this week. The cases were confirmed as of Sunday with an ANU spokesperson saying it’s unsuprising given easing restrictions in the ACT, O-Week social activities at the uni and more residents arriving on campus from interstate and overseas.
“As expected, we are seeing a number of COVID-19 cases in our student residences. This is unsurprising given restrictions are lifting in the ACT and we have had a full calendar of campus and social activities for O-week.
“Over the last two weeks we’ve also seen many residents arrive on the campus from other states, as well as overseas.
“We are prepared for these cases and have processes and protocols in place to support any resident who is COVID-19 positive. We are also well placed and prepared to help prevent potential further transmission in our residences as well as the wider community.
“Residents who are COVID positive are being moved to a dedicated self-isolation facility on the ANU campus. These facilities have been previously used by the University and have been identified as appropriate for self-isolation after consultation with ACT Health.
Residents who are self-isolating are being provided with well-being, medical and academic support while they are in quarantine. We are also providing meals for these students.
“We will keep regularly testing our residential community to keep them and our broader campus community safe.
“Testing is a vital to stopping the potential spread of COVID-19.
“The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is always our highest priority.”
Residents who have tested positive to COVID-19 are being moved to a dedicated self-isolation facility on the ANU campus where they’ll be provided with meals as well as well-being and medical support.
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