Background

Two patients in England have now tested positive for the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) strain of coronavirus. The UK Chief Medical Officer has assessed the current risk to the public in the UK as moderate.

The College should issue the following advice based upon the recommendations from The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England:

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

At 14:00 each day the Department of Health and Social Care issue an online update on the situation which will be checked daily by the Health & Safety Adviser and any advice will be updated accordingly.

Croydon College Procedures for travellers from China (all areas)

If an individual student or staff member has travelled back from China within the last 14 days the following should be actioned:

  • Inform immediately either the Director of IT & Estates or Health & Safety Advisor.
  • The individuals ID should be blocked by the Client Care Team
  • Health & Safety Advisor (or nominee) should telephone the individual or guardian to establish the following key information:
    • Region/area travelled from in China:
    • Date returned to UK.
    • Have they been into College since their return?
  • The individual should be advised not to return to College for 14 days after the date they arrived back in the UK and should be given the following advice:

 

Advice for Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province of China

If it is confirmed that the individual has returned from the Hubei Province or Wuhan, China the following advice should be given:

Please:

  • do not come into College and remain at home for 14 days after the date you arrived back in the UK.
  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses and avoid using public transport or taxis.
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city/area.
  • Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
  • If you do begin to feel unwell and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city/area.
  • Student should be advised to contact their tutor or Student Services for support and access to remote leaning materials. Staff will advised to speak to HR.

 

Advice for Travellers from elsewhere in China

The following advice should be given:

Please:

  • do not come into College for 14 days after the date you arrived back in the UK.
  • If you do begin to feel unwell and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should:
    • immediately call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city/area
    • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses and avoid using public transport or taxis.
    • Please follow this advice even if you have minor symptoms of the virus.
  • Student should be advised to contact their tutor or Student Services for support and access to remote leaning materials. Staff will advised to speak to HR.

 

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