The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) can confirm that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student reported feeling ill, was tested for COVID-19 and their condition was confirmed overnight.
NSW Health and UTS have identified 27 students and one staff member as having come into close contact with the affected student while on campus on Thursday 12 March. They are being contacted and will be supported to self-isolate for 14 days.
UTS is in contact with the student and their family to offer support and counselling through what is undoubtedly a difficult time. The student is receiving appropriate medical care and is recovering at home in isolation.
We are respecting the student’s privacy and therefore cannot provide further information.
The health and wellbeing of our staff, students and community are the University’s top priority. All staff and students have been offered support and advice on monitoring their health for any symptoms, as per NSW Health guidelines on COVID-19.
Coursework teaching activities (lectures, tutorials, lab classes etc) at UTS were already paused to enable the redesign of face-to-face delivery to modes that support social distancing. Classes are scheduled to resume next Tuesday, 24 March; campus remains open on the advice of NSW Health.