Responding to the changing situation around the novel coronavirus, the UNNC working group had a meeting yesterday to communicate the latest guidance from the Ningbo municipal government and the education bureau, and discuss the next steps toward disease prevention and control.
According to local authorities’ requirements, the campus access has been restricted, effective from 29 January 2020 with Gate 1 and Gate 4 open only. All people and vehicles entering the campus will be required for registration and to take temperature checks.
In order to prepare for the return to campus, the University are surveying staff and students to find out where exactly they are, whether they have visited or had close contact with those from highly affected areas. This data will be collected by relevant departments to assure the health and safety of individuals and our community.
The meeting recognised the many challenges ahead, and paid tribute to the staff members who had been devoting their holiday time to virus prevention, control and communication for the whole community.
The meeting was hosted by the Party Secretary Ying Xiong, and Deputy Party Secretary Dr. Jenny Dong, who are also the lead and co-lead of the working group.
Following the meeting, Provost Nick Miles sent an all-staff-and-students email this morning to brief the next steps, as attached below.
The health and safety of our staff and students remains our overriding priority and we are working hard to protect all our students and staff on campus and beyond.
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak, UNNC has had a working group in place to ensure we are following all guidance from the Chinese health authorities on disease prevention, control and communication. We are updating our advice to staff and students on a regular basis to assure your health and safety during this extremely challenging and rapidly changing situation.
You will know that we have postponed the start date for the new semester by a week to 24 February, and postponed arrival dates for staff to 10 February. In order to prepare for the return to campus, we are surveying our full community to find out where people are currently, whether they have visited or had close contact with people from affected areas. You will understand that this data is extremely important and I would appreciate every staff member and student to provide this information when contacted by relevant departments so that we can continue to assure the health and safety of individuals and our community.
We continue to take every precautionary measure to keep the campus community safe including regular disinfecting on campus, restricting access to our campus and checking temperatures for those who enter the campus.
I appreciate this is a concerning period and would like to send you all my very best wishes and thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. Finally, please be aware that the situation surrounding the coronavirus is constantly changing. We will notify you promptly of any further changes.
Nick Miles OBE
Provost and Pro-Vice Chancellor