UCC confirms second case of coronavirus on campus; contact tracing underway

UCC confirms second case of coronavirus on campus; contact tracing underway
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UNIVERSITY College Cork has this afternoon confirmed the second case of Covid-19 at the university.

In a statement issued by UCC, they said that contact tracing is underway. “Contact tracing is underway and anyone deemed to have had close contact with the individual is being contacted directly by HSE Public Health.” 

The HSE has expressly advised that anyone who needs to be contacted by the HSE Public Health will be contacted directly, and you do not need to make contact with that department. HSE Public Health will have appropriate public health advice for those in close contact with the confirmed case. 

Today’s announcement brings the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in UCC to two. Yesterday, the university stated than an individual who had visited the Western Gateway Building tested positive for the virus. The building has been closed since Thursday, with access restricted to critical personnel only.

In an email circulated to students and staff, UCC President, Patrick O’Shea and Deputy President, John O’Halloran, said the university will continue to keep people updated on the situation “We acknowledge that this is a time of challenge and uncertainty and we will work together to protect the safety of our students and staff. I thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Stay in touch, stay apart and stay at home,” they continued.

UCC has also directed students and staff to support services available during this time. The dedicated HSE coronavirus advice line is: 1850 24 1850. Mental health support is also available via UCC’s Crisis Text Line. The Crisis Text Line's anonymous text message support service is available to UCC students and staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text 'UCC' to 086-1800280 to chat anonymously with a trained volunteer.

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