COVID-19 Cases at University of Iceland

From the University Centre.

From the University Centre. mbl.is/Kristinn Ingvarsson

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A case of COVID-19 was confirmed at the University of Iceland over the weekend, resulting in the university’s  rector and two other employees of the university’s main building being quarantined, mbl.is reports.

Rector Jón Atli Benediktsson sent the following statement to students and staff yesterday:

“This weekend it was confirmed that a staff member working in the University of Iceland Main Building has been infected with COVID-19. All necessary measures have been taken in collaboration with the Department of Civil Protection’s contact tracing team and the Chief Epidemiologist in order to prevent further spread of the virus and guarantee the safety of staff and students. The contact tracing team has been in touch with everyone who needs to go into quarantine, including the Rector and two other staff members in the Main Building. The work facilities of those who are now in quarantine have been thoroughly disinfected.”

University of Iceland Rector Jón Atli Benediktsson.

University of Iceland Rector Jón Atli Benediktsson. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

“This is a reminder to us all, the statement continues, that although, fortunately, the domestic infection rate is falling, the pandemic is far from over.  I would like to urge you all, dear colleagues and students, to hold meetings remotely and to follow the official infection control rules to the letter. We must continue to follow strict hygiene practices and keep at least one metre distance from others. If we are experiencing even the mildest symptoms, we must stay at home without exception.”

In addition, the university cafeteria Háma at the University Centre was closed yesterday due to a COVID-19 case there. All employees of the cafeteria were sent to quarantine and had to be tested for the coronavirus. The cafeteria will remain closed through the end of the week.

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