Accra Technical University records first COVID-19 case

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The Accra Technical University – formerly Accra Polytechnic – has recorded its first COVID-19 case, authorities announced to students on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

The affected patient is national service personnel at one of the academic departments, a circular to the university community said.

“The said person is currently in isolation at a medical facility and responding well to treatment. Six colleagues who came into contact with the confirmed Covid-19 patient, have been counseled, re-assured and their samples were taken for laboratory testing.

“The contacts have been asked to self-isolate while waiting for the results of the test. The University Medical team and the Safety and Health Committee are however in touch with the patient and contacts, to provide the needed medical and psychological support,” the letter to students said.

The ATU authorities say efforts are underway to fumigate the affected offices among others.

It added: “Members of the University Community are entreated to remain calm while adhering strictly to the published personal protection etiquettes.”

Below is a statement:

Our Ref:     ATIJ/COVI /2020                                                                                          88.06/2020

Your Ref:

To The Accra Technical University Community
CONFIRMED COVID -19 CASE AT ACCRA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

We are writing to inform you that we learned yesterday, Monday, 22nd June 2020 at I I .20am, a member of our University Community (a National Service Personnel in an Academic Department) has tested positive for COVID-19.

The personnel reported to a medical facility in her neighborhood after experiencing symptoms of fever, headache, and runny nose. After Covid-19 tests were conducted, the result was communicated to the service personnel on Sunday, 21 June 2020.

The said person is currently in isolation at a medical facility and responding well to treatment. Six colleagues who came into contact with the confirmed Covid-19 patient, have been counseled, re-assured and their samples were taken for laboratory testing.

The contacts have been asked to self-isolate while waiting for the results of the test. The University Medical team and the Safety and Health Committee are however in touch with the patient and contacts, to provide the needed medical and psychological support.

The offices of the affected Department and its environs will be fumigated while contact tracing continues.

Please, continue to do everything you can to stay healthy: Wash your hands; frequently; Wipe down surfaces; avoid touching your face whenever possible. Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm and elbow. Remember that social distancing remains the key strategy in the University response.

Members of the University Community are entreated to remain calm while adhering strictly to the published personal protection etiquette.

Signed

Ag. Director of Public Affairs

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