The University of Cape Town (UCT) has developed a COVID-19 Return to UCT policy framework to guide faculties and departments on how the university will achieve its phased-in return to campus.
This framework document does not signal a return to business as usual – in fact, it signals just the opposite. The framework provides a way for UCT to work in the COVID-19 Cape Metropolitan “hotspot” area. Staff and students are encouraged to work or study from home and only return to campus when invited to do so.
The COVID-19 Return to UCT policy framework will help us take individual and collective responsibility for managing the impact of COVID-19 on our working and home lives.
The Department of Properties and Services and the Department of Student Affairs will work in collaboration with faculties, departments and units across the university. Every head of department will need to discuss the following with their team members:
This framework provides guidelines for our responses when someone does contract the virus while on campus.
The only way this framework can succeed is if each of us shares responsibility for following it. The university urges each of you to commit to taking that personal and collective responsibility as we adjust our home and work lives through this pandemic.
Please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 page on the UCT News website for more information.
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global pandemic that caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national disaster in South Africa on 15 March and implement a national lockdown from 26 March. The intention of these drastic measures is to “flatten the curve” and contain the spread of the coronavirus to enable healthcare workers to more effectively treat those affected. Although South Africa has recently reached a peak of COVID-19 infections, the country is expecting a surge in positive cases in August.
UCT is taking the threat of infection in our university community extremely seriously, and this page will be updated regularly with the latest COVID-19 information.
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The Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, are producing educational video material for use on digital platforms and in multiple languages. The information contained in these videos is authenticated and endorsed by the team of experts based in the Department of Medicine. Many of the recommendations are based on current best evidence and are aligned to provincial, national and international guidelines. For more information on UCT’s Department of Medicine, please visit the website.
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In an email to the UCT community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is a rapidly changing epidemic. [...] Information [...] will be updated as and when new information becomes available.”
We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will be updating the UCT community regularly – as and when there are further updates. If you are concerned or need more information, students can contact the Student Wellness Service on 021 650 5620 or 021 650 1271 (after hours), while staff can contact 021 650 5685.