NHS Fife is providing an update following 12 cases of COVID-19 associated with the University of St Andrews.
These cases involve both students and members of University staff who have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19 in the period from the 01 September 2020 to earlier today (24/09). Importantly, while there is evidence of a potential link between some cases, this figure also includes a number of sporadic cases which have resulted from prolonged close contact with positive cases out with the Fife Health Board area.
NHS Fife’s Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues at the University of St Andrews to prevent further infection and mitigate the effect of any positive cases which do occur. Contact tracers from the Test and Protect Team continue to identify and trace the known contacts of the any positive cases so they can be instructed to self-isolate to prevent onward spread of the virus.
There is no evidence at this stage to suggest any wider transmission of the virus within the university or indeed the wider community, and the risk of contracting the virus continues to be low.
Anyone experiencing the well-established symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, is urged to arrange to be testing using the UK Government Citizens’ Portal or by calling 0800 028 2816.
A local online support hub has been created to provide information on testing for COVID-19, and updates on the pandemic. Visit: https://coronavirus.nhsfife.org/