Dear staff and students,
Further to my email late Saturday 28 November, I am writing to provide an update and further clarification following the SA Health announcement earlier today.
SA Health advise anyone who has visited the Flinders University Sturt Campus from Friday 13 to Saturday 28 November should seek testing immediately, even if you do not have any symptoms, and isolate until you get your results.
Sturt Campus includes the buildings in the Sturt Precinct known as Sturt North, Sturt South, Sturt East and Sturt West, including the Sturt Café and Sturt Library, Health2Go, Sturt Gymnasium and FISC.
It does not include the Flinders Living Precinct, FMC or the North or South Ridge Precincts of the Bedford Park Campus.
SA Health also advise that you do not need to self-quarantine if you receive a negative test result, but you should monitor for symptoms and get re-tested immediately if symptoms appear. Detailed information is on the SA Health website here.
Intensive English Language Institute
The SA Health website has more specific directions for people who visited the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) between 13 to 28 November and information is available here.
New locations of concern
SA Health also added a number of other new locations across Adelaide last night and today for members of the general public to check. Please check the list here, and if you have visited one of these locations then please act according to the advice.
Links to specific SA Health Advice and Alerts:
- Information on COVID-19 clinics and testing centres is available here.
- COVID-19 Health Information Alerts and Announcements is available here.
- Information on contact tracing and current restrictions is available here.
Notice of closure – Sturt Campus closed until 2 December
As previously advised in my last email, all buildings on the Sturt Campus are closed until 8am on 2 December as we undertake further deep cleaning. This closure includes IELI itself, as well as Health2Go, FISC, Sturt Library and the Sturt Café.
Studying and working from home
There is no change to the advice provided to staff and students who have not been to the Sturt Campus between 13-28 November.
Staff in SA are encouraged to work from home this coming week (30 November - 4 December) if able to do so and in consultation with their supervisor or manager.
Students are asked to only come to one of our South Australian campuses if they have a scheduled class activity or exam or need to access one of our services in person.
Ongoing updates, information and support
Further updates will be provided as further advice is received from SA Health. Flinders University continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and we continue to align our actions with advice from the health authorities and the Australian Government.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check our staff and student websites for regular updates.
I realise that this current outbreak in South Australia may be a cause for concern or worry for members of our community. Please remember that our student and staff support networks are available to you throughout this period and that EAP support (for staff) and counselling support (for students) is also available via phone or online.
Take care and look after each other, and I will be in contact again soon.