Coronavirus case confirmed in Trinity

Floor 4 of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute and the lifts in TBSI have been closed

A case of coronavirus within Trinity has been confirmed according to an email sent to all staff and students tonight.

The email, signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast, states that College is working with authorities “to ensure that this individual receives the best care possible”.

The email further states that the HSE will trace anyone who has been in contact with the infected person, adding: “The HSE and university will now take all appropriate steps to contain any further spread of the virus and protect your welfare and the welfare of the university community.”

Floor 4 of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute and the lifts in TBSI have been closed as a precautionary measure and will be cleaned in accordance with HSE guidelines.

“The rest of the university is open and operating as normal. However, the situation remains fluid and you should check your emails regularly as well as the latest official advice from the HSE and other statutory bodies,” the statement reads.

Trinity Director of Communications Tom Molloy sent an email to Trinity News requesting that the case not be reported on by student media, despite the announcement being sent to all staff and students. He argued: “The media has so far avoided identifying institutions, places of work, schools etc by name on the advice of the HSE. I have spoken to doctors and media people in the HSE in the last few minutes and they agree we should inform students and staff but not talk publicly about this.”

Finn Purdy

Finn Purdy is the current Deputy Editor of Trinity News. He is a Junior Sophister English Studies student, and a former News Editor and Assistant News Editor.

Aisling Grace

Aisling Grace was the Editor-in-Chief of the 66th Volume of Trinity News. She was also formerly Online Editor and Deputy News Editor.