The Scotsman

Col­lege con­firms virus case as year starts

- By JAMIE MCKEN­ZIE Health · Society · Education · Edinburgh

A Covid -19 case has been con­firmed within a cam­pus at Ed­in­burgh Col­lege as staff and stu­dents started the next aca­demic year yes­ter­day.

An in­ter­nal email to staff, seen by The Scots man, said stu­dents and staff who had been in­di­rect con­tact with the con­firmed case had been con­tacted by NHS Loth­ian and would be self-iso­lat­ing for 14 days.

The email ad­vises staff based at the Gran­ton cam­pus who have not been con­tacted by the health au­thor­ity to con­tinue to at­tend if they re­main well, to de­liver teach­ing and sup­port ser­vices. An Ed­in­burgh Col­lege spokesper­son said “en­hanced” in­fec­tion con­trol mea­sures and clean­ing had been put in place, and that “ro­bust” health and safety and risk assess­ment ar­range­ments were done at all of their cam­puses. The spokesper­son also said the “vast ma­jor­ity” of col­lege courses and sup - port ser­vices were be­ing de­liv­ered on­line.

But one per­son who re­ceived this email said they were wor­ried about the col­lege re open­ing to staff and stu­dents and feel it could be “putting peo­ple’ s health and live sat risk”.

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