Covid-19 Live Updates: Bristol University records another 12 cases of Covid-19 among staff and students

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Nov. 18, 2020, 3:15 p.m. GMT

Bristol University recorded a further 12 cases of coronavirus among staff and students on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cumulative cases on campus to 2,172 since the University began releasing figures in October.

This entailed a further 11 positive cases among students and one more member of staff as having tested positive for the virus.

According to the UCU, Bristol University now ranks second highest among UK higher and further education settings for the number of cumulative cases on campus.

As of Wednesday, the University is reporting 78 ‘active cases’ currently on campus.


Face coverings

  • Students will need to wear a visor and a mask together, when attending any in-person teaching and when queuing outside rooms before teaching starts and when leaving rooms.
  • These will be made available to collect before the start of teaching from a number of central locations across the campus, with students able to book slots to receive theirs, via their faculty or school.
  • If a student attempts to attend their seminar without a face shield, they will be refused entry and advised to get one from a collection point on campus.
  • The University of Bristol has ordered 75,000 transparent plastic face visors for students and staff to wear during in-person teaching and in spaces around the campus.

On-campus facilities

The University have implemented a new system for students on campus, which currently limits access to a study centre to a maximum of 14 hours per week for each student.

The scheme requires students to book their place at a study centre via a form.

Libraries, residences, study spaces, cafes, sports centres and other on-campus social spaces have also been adapted to allow social-distancing rules to be followed more easily. This includes:

  • One-way systems where possible inside on-campus facilities.
  • Dedicated entrances and exits in some buildings.
  • And ensuring all spaces have received a Covid-19 Secure Certification – a verification to show that a site has put in place specific measures to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19 in accordance to government guidelines. This will be issued by the University’s Chief Property Officer.

Accommodations

This year Bristol University is introducing ‘living circles’ for freshers in their first year accommodation, which will consist of 4-12 people in either a single flat, more than one single flat or a single floor of a Uni hall of residence.

This will prohibit anyone from outside one ‘living circle’ entering another, though freshers will still be allowed to meet up with others outside their ‘living circle’ though whilst adhering to social-distancing and other government guidelines.

For example, new rules set to be introduced on Monday 14 September, banning gatherings of more than six people, will have to be followed for as long as it’s in place.

Freshers are also being advised to social distance from their flatmates as much as possible for the first 14 days after arrival, in case someone develops Covid-19 symptoms within that time.


Travelling to and from campus

Bristol University’s bus services, U1 and U2, provide a transport link between the main Clifton campus, student residences in Stoke Bishop and the Veterinary School in Langford. They are run by the city’s main bus operator, First, and are also used by the general public.

As such, face coverings are mandatory when onboard, except for people with an exemption, as set out by the UK government.


Testing

The University have set up a testing unit at the Victoria Rooms. In addition, following an outbreak at The Courtrooms accommodation in city centre, the University of Bristol have also set up two Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) for exclusive use for University students and staff. These are located at North Village (University Hall) at Stoke Bishop, BS9 1AR, and on University Walk.

Showing University Walk where one of the two Mobile Testing Units is located

The mobile testing units will be open seven days a week between 10.30 am-3.30 pm, from Friday 9 October. You can book in directly at the MTU and will be given a self-administered test, which you then hand back in.

If you're self-isolating, visit the University website to learn about the support that is available to you.

The University also says it will support students who need to isolate in any of its accommodations.


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