More Stirling students test positive for Covid-19

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A small number of university students living in student accommodation have tested positive for coronavirus. 

All the students who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, along with their close contacts, are all self-isolating, with university and NHS support. 

In an announcement from the university it was said that the wider risk to the community and the university “remains low.”

They have also said the campus remains open with “robust measures in place.”

The announcement from the university also said: “The slight rise in cases reflects the situation in the wider Stirling area, therefore, it is important we all remain vigilant to the risks of COVID-19.

“We have a responsibility to continue to follow the latest Scottish Government and public health guidance to minimise the risk posed to the University and wider community.

“This is critically important at all times, however, takes on an added significance in this context, and as we prepare for the safe return of students to their family homes over the winter break.”

Students who have been asked to self-isolate will receive support from the university. The university said: “Please be assured that the University will help you to self-isolate and comprehensive advice and support – including details on food deliveries, healthcare, using shared areas, and mental health resources – is available on our dedicated webpages.”

Additionally, students are being urged to remember the new coronavirus restrictions in Scotland. 

The new restrictions are localised with a five-level system, which means each different authority in Scotland is subject to a new system of measures based on the risk of coronavirus. 

Stirling is currently in Level 3 restrictions which means those living in this area should not enter any other household or invite others into their own household; can meet with one other household – up to a maximum of six people – in an indoor public space or outdoors; and are asked to avoid any unnecessary travel out of the area.

Students are also being encouraged to keep up-to-date with the latest health advice at NHS Inform and to download and use NHS Protect Scotland app.

The university announcement also emphasised the importance of students looking after their mental health. 

They said: “Support and advice is available from the Student Support Services team and students can also access the anonymous online wellbeing platform togetherall. Colleagues are able to use the University’s Employee Assistance Programme, which is available 24/7. Advice on looking after yourself and supporting each other is also available on the national Clear Your Head website.”

Featured image Credit: Brig Newspaper

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