Aberdeen students have tested positive for coronavirus at Hillhead Student Village

All residents of Wavell House are being asked to self-isolate

A number of Aberdeen students have tested positive for coronavirus, including some living in Wavell House at Hillhead Student Village.

In an email to all students, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor George Boyne said: “We have been advised by NHS Grampian’s Health Protection Team that a number of our students have tested positive for Covid-19 – some of whom stay in Wavell House at our Hillhead Student Village.”

Anyone identified as a close contact of the confirmed cases will be required to self-isolate for 14 days – including everyone living in Wavell House. The email said: “Due to the anticipated large number of students in Wavell House who may have had close contact with the positive cases, and the rapidly changing nature of this situation, the Health Protection Team have advised that all residents in Wavell House are required to self-isolate with immediate effect for 14 days unless advised otherwise.”

The email said anyone identified as a close contact of the confirmed cases of coronavirus will be contacted by Test and Protect today. The university is working with the Health Protection Team to offer help and support to those who are now required to self-isolate. Those isolating in Wavell House are being supported by the accommodation team to make sure they have “access to food and other supplies”, and affected areas of the halls are being deep-cleaned.

Prof Boyne urged students to follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS campaign: Face coverings should be worn in enclosed spaces; Avoid crowded spaces; Clear your hands and surfaces regularly; Two-metre distancing; Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.

He reminded all students and staff that they are “expected to alert the University when self-isolating linked to Covid-19”, whether because you have tested positive, have been told to isolate by Test and Protect, have symptoms or live with someone who does, or have recently travelled to the UK from a country that requires self-isolating.