SCU closes Gold Coast and Lismore campuses due to Covid19 scare

Southern Cross University has closed 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 Coffs Harbour campus remains open.

SCU’s Gold Coast Campus

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.

The library at SCU’s Lismore Campus

Anyone sgtudent or staff member 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.

SCU’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Shoemaker, at mid-day today said that it is anticipated that the campuses will open tomorrow.

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