Tuesday 24 November, 2020

UTech Papine campus on lockdown, UWI affected, because of COVID-19

The main entrance to the Papine, St Andrew campus of the University of Technology (UTech).

The main entrance to the Papine, St Andrew campus of the University of Technology (UTech).

Mona Campus Both the Papine, St Andrew-based campuses of the University of Technology (UTech) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) have been affected by at least one confirmed case each of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the case of UTech, Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President of university, had advised that the Papine campus will be closed for a further three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) of this week, after being shuttered on Monday, to facilitate extensive sanitisation using COVID-19-approved procedures and products.

No one is to be permitted to enter the campus during the period of closure.

In a release, the acting president said classes and services will be delivered online.

The campus is to be re-opened on Friday, September 4, 2020.

Over at the UWI Mona Campus, the institution on Monday reported receiving confirmation of a positive COVID-9 case. The affected individual is said to be a member of staff who works in a specialised area with no contact with the public or other departments, and has reportedly not been on the campus since August 25, 2020.

As a result of the confirmed case, the university said out of an abundance of caution, it has decided to close the Senate and Administrative Annex buildings for a period of 48 hours, to facilitate deep cleaning and disinfecting.

“As we are a large campus with offices and operations physically dispersed across 653 acres (of land), a strategic decision has been made to allow safely situated faculties/offices to continue with their operations at this time,” the university said in a release.

The administration added that students, parents and other stakeholders who wish to conduct business with the Bursary, Student Administrative Services (SAS) or the Registry may access the online services in the interim, and should be able to re-engage with these offices on September 3, 2020.

There are also unconfirmed reports of the closure of the Palisadoes-based Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) for sanitisation purposes as a result of a COVID-19 case there.

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