Stellenbosch University
Welcome to Stellenbosch University
Tygerberg Campus Colleague tests positive for COVID-19
Author: Prof Jimmy Volmink
Published: 19/03/2020
I can confirm that a member of staff at the Tygerberg Campus who had recently travelled abroad has tested positive for COVID-19. Please note the following:
  • ​The colleague is in self-isolation and is being treated under the supervision of the Provincial and National Departments of Health.
  • Close contacts of the person are being identified and the relevant health authorities is in the process of contacting them.
  • If you are not contacted, it means that you have not been in close contact with the colleague.
  • Exposure of all other colleagues and students at Tygerberg is currently deemed to be extremely low risk and our Management Team has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that its facilities are safe.
  • If you were to develop symptoms (fatigue, fever, shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches), please call one of the advice lines and state clearly that you have had “low risk, casual contact” at Stellenbosch University and you are symptomatic.
  • Use one of the numbers below for up-to-date advice about steps to take:
    1. ​​​​​​Campus Health Services Tygerberg Campus: 021 938 9590
    2. After hours emergency number: 076 431 0305
    3. National hotline: 0800 029 999
    4. Western Cape hotline: 021 928 4102
  • ​All undergraduate programmes at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, including clinical training and assessments, is in obligatory recess until 14 April 2020.
  • Any enquiries about the adaptations to undergraduate programmes can be directed to the relevant programme coordinators and/or module chairs.
  • As per the communication from the Rectorate, Stellenbosch University has not shut down and postgraduate and research activities at the FMHS are continuing.
  • Please take note of the institutional guidance on steps that must be taken to reduce the number of people on the campus to as few as possible in order to limit infection.
  • Please visit the SU coronavirus webpage frequently for the latest news and announcements.

Thank you and kind regards.

Prof Jimmy Volmink