Update: statement from Professor Andrew Vann regarding COVID-19

21 FEBRUARY 2020

Update: statement from Professor Andrew Vann regarding COVID-19

Update, Friday 21 February 2020: Charles Sturt University response to COVID-19

Charles Sturt University is actively monitoring updates and advice regarding COVID-19. The University supports the advice of the Department of Health and is sharing this with staff and students along with all other relevant information and advice. The latest advice we are following includes:

  • Foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in mainland China, will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China.
  • Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family will still be able to enter Australia, as well as airline crews who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment. On Friday 21 February this was extended for a further seven days at which time it will be reviewed
  • People who have been in contact with confirmed novel coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days after exposure.

We are supporting any students affected by the travel restrictions and ensuring our materials are being made available to study online in China. We have the appropriate plans in place should an outbreak occur on our campuses or in our local communities.

The health and safety of our staff, students and communities, both domestically and internationally, is of paramount concern to the University and we will continue to liaise with our partners and appropriate bodies to assist in our response.

The University has suspended all staff and student travel to and via China and Hong Kong for the immediate future.

We continue to provide information directly to staff and students via our dedicated online portals.

We encourage all staff and students to check the latest updates from the Department of Health and follow the advice provided if they have concerns regarding exposure to COVID-19. Alternatively, call the National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Media Note:

Jessica Mansour-Nahra on 0447 737 948

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