An outbreak of Covid-19 among third level students in Galway was declared by the Department of Public Health, HSE West in mid-February, with many cases identified and multiple sources identified. Following some quick action by the HSE, NUI Galway and GMIT, and working together with Winters Property and some of the other student accommodation providers the case numbers have been steadily decreasing over the past 2 weeks.
The HSE continues to urge students to heed the following advice:
If you develop symptoms suggestive of Covid-19, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss or change in sense of taste or smell, you should isolate in your room immediately and contact your GP or the Student Health Unit for further advice. All your household contacts should then restrict their movements.
Covid-19 is very variable, with some people experiencing severe symptoms, others experiencing mild symptoms and many experiencing no symptoms at all. Whether or not you have symptoms, you can still pass the virus on to others. We urge you to comply with basic public health advice:
- STAY HOME in your student accommodation
- Wash your hands; Wear a mask; Stay apart
- Do not congregate
- Do not go to work if you are a case or a close contact.
- Do not travel home to your parents and family if you are a case or a close contact