Bath Chronicle

Uni con­firms daily leap in virus cases

- Jack Col­will Re­porter jack.col­will@reach­ Health · College · Higher Education · Bath · England · Public Health England · Somerset · Sheffield · University of Bath · Bath and North East Somerset · Bath and North East Somerset

The Univer­sity of Bath on Tues­day con­firmed 18 new cases of Covid-19 among its pop­u­la­tion in the last 24 hours.

The univer­sity has be­gun up­dat­ing the num­bers of cases recorded among staff and stu­dents ev­ery day on its web­site, with the data for Tues­day in­di­cat­ing 18 new pos­i­tive tests have been re­turned.

This comes af­ter at least 31 cases were re­ported in the week pre­ced­ing the new­est fig­ures, with all those cases be­ing recorded be­tween Septem­ber 29 and Oc­to­ber 5.

The fig­ures have been climb­ing since the univer­sity be­gan record­ing daily num­bers, but this is the sharpest spike that has been seen so far, more than dou­bling the pre­vi­ous day’s cases (seven).

An ex­plana­tory note ac­com­pa­ny­ing the daily fig­ures on the univer­sity’s web­site says: “Th­ese fig­ures in­clude con­firmed Covid-19 cases that are re­ported to the univer­sity by our staff or stu­dents.

“They in­clude stu­dents who are in univer­sity ac­com­mo­da­tion or in pri­vate ac­com­mo­da­tion in Bath and the lo­cal area, and staff who have had any re­cent con­tact with the univer­sity in the pre­ced­ing month.

“The univer­sity has 3,500 staff and 18,500 en­rolled stu­dents.

“When the univer­sity re­ceives a re­port of a pos­i­tive Covid-19 test re­sult from a stu­dent or staff mem­ber we alert both Pub­lic Health Eng­land and Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil.

“When the univer­sity re­ceives a re­port from either a stu­dent or from a staff mem­ber, we con­tact them di­rectly to check on their wel­fare and of­fer well­be­ing sup­port and guid­ance, in­clud­ing pub­lic health ad­vice.”

Uni­ver­si­ties have be­come prob­lem ar­eas for the spread­ing of coro­n­avirus in re­cent weeks, with a num­ber of stu­dent ar­eas see­ing cases spike. Some 474 stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Sh­effield were re­ported to have tested pos­i­tive ear­lier this week.

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