Archive of coronavirus updates

Lismore gym and pool closed until further notice

Updated 21 March 5pm (AEST)

The University has taken the decision that the most appropriate course of action to ensure the health and safety of everyone is to close the facility until further notice. The closure also covers all scheduled group fitness classes. 

It follows a similar decision mid-week to close the Virtual Fitness Room at Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses.

The Deck and Lounge is closed until further notice.

Travel and entry restrictions - Inbound

Updated 16 March 12:15pm (AEST)

The Australian Government is regularly updating its travel restrictions advice. To obtain the latest travel advice please refer to the Department of Home Affairs.

Travel Restrictions – Staff and Students Outbound

As of 5 March 2020, and in order to ensure the health and safety of all staff and students, no International Travel will be approved, anywhere in the world - unless it is absolutely essential. 

Who should quarantine themselves?

Updated 16 March 12:15pm (AEST)

With respect to self-isolation requirements for staff and students returning to Australia after international travel, the University is applying government policy. As of midnight 15 March 2020, all international travellers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Advice about how to manage Home isolation guidance from NSW Health.

Monitor your symptoms while in quarantine

Watch for the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
  • Other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache and runny nose, muscle pain or diarrhoea.

If you develop symptoms and it is a medical emergency (e.g. shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing) you should call 000. Alert ambulance staff of your travel/contact history.

If you develop symptoms that are not serious you should call the Healthdirect helpline 1800 022 222 (Australia-wide) for advice.

Contacting the University

If they apply to you, please follow the measures above and monitor your University email closely. If you need to contact the University regarding your situation please use this dedicated email: SCUAssist@scu.edu.au.

Upcoming graduation ceremonies re-scheduled

Given the ongoing risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, the University has decided to postpone the forthcoming Lismore and Sydney graduation ceremonies scheduled for Friday 27 March and Saturday 2 May respectively.

These ceremonies will be rescheduled to a later date which we will advise as soon as the elevated risks associated with COVID-19 outbreak have subsided. Please note that this will not delay the conferral of degrees for official purposes.


Previous updates:

Campuses re-open after swift action

Update 12 March 2020 12:00pm (AEST)

Southern Cross University campuses at Lismore and Gold Coast re-opened on Thursday, 12 March 2020, after being closed for one day as a precautionary measure.

Working closely with the NSW and Queensland health departments, the University has spoken with all 47 staff and students who had contact last week with another staff member who has since reported being diagnosed with COVID-19 virus.

The 47 people have been fully informed of the situation and possible risks.

These staff and students will not be asked to return to campus until the completion of a 14-day isolation period concluding on 20 March 2020.

This will enable them to have special, paid working arrangements – including working from home – in order to undertake all necessary family, self-care, and self-isolation requirements.

This allows the University to safely reopen the Lismore and Gold Coast campuses.

All relevant areas of both campuses were comprehensively cleaned and inspected by the relevant health departments.

Enquiries and information regarding COVID-19 should be directed to SCUassist@scu.edu.au

Campuses Closed: University takes safety first approach

Update 11 March 2020 12:00pm (AEST)

Update from the Vice Chancellor in response to COVID-19 case:

A staff member reported to the University yesterday that they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 upon their return to The Philippines on the weekend. They were working at the our Gold Coast and Lismore campuses last week.

The Gold Coast and Lismore campuses have been closed today (11 March) as a precautionary measure.

I understand there will be many colleagues worried by the prospect of potentially having come into contact with the person affected. I want to assure you that the University continues to work quickly with NSW and Queensland health departments. Some 45 people who shared meetings or workshops with the staff member are being contacted by the University. This process began last night and is substantially complete as of the time of writing.

People who have not been contacted are outside that group of 45 and can consider themselves an extremely low risk. If they feel well, they should go about their normal duties. However, any staff member who feels unwell should isolate themselves and seek medical advice.

It is anticipated that the campuses will open tomorrow.

If you need to contact the University because your situation is affected by the Novel Coronavirus outbreak please use this dedicated email: SCUAssist@scu.edu.au.

Professor Adam Shoemaker
Vice Chancellor
Southern Cross University


Update: 11 March 2020 6:15am (AEST)

Southern Cross University will close its Gold Coast and Lismore campuses today (Wednesday, March 11) as a precautionary measure after a staff member reported being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The internationally-based staff member attended a series of workshops at the university’s Gold Coast and Lismore campuses on March 2-6 before returning to The Philippines on March 7.

The staff member fell ill and was tested for COVID-19 which returned a positive result Tuesday, March 10, according to reports from The Philippines.

Southern Cross immediately alerted Health authorities and is closely working with them.

The University has identified 45 people who came into contact or proximity with the man during his time in Australia. In conjunction with the health authorities, the University is contacting each individual.

Anyone who is feeling unwell is being asked to self-isolate and seek medical attention.

The Filipino man reported feeling better by Monday.

Southern Cross University Vice President (Operations) Allan Morris said the campuses would close on Wednesday March 11 for cleaning and as a general precaution.

During this time, Southern Cross will seek further advice from health authorities.

“Our priority at all times is the well-being of our staff, students and visitors so we apologise for this short disruption but it is the right thing to do,” Mr Morris said.

It is anticipated that the campuses will open tomorrow.

 

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