Five confirmed Covid-19 cases reported in TBSI

An email circulated to people working in the building urged them to follow guidelines to stop the spread of the virus

Five cases of Covid-19 have recently been reported within the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI).

An email circulated to researchers and staff working in the building stated that all five cases were “connected”. The email was signed by Kingston Mills, head of the centre for the study of immunology at TBSI. 

The email states that of the five confirmed cases, three were reported from the ground floor of the TBSI and two from the third floor. 

Mills warned researchers and staff “to be vigilant re social distancing and wearing masks and when you do take off your mask to have coffee lunch please strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines”. 

“Unless you have to come into TBSI forlab [sic] research or teaching duties, could you please work at home where possible,” he said.

When contacted by Trinity News, a College spokesperson said they could neither confirm nor deny the reports of confirmed cases within the building. 

The first confirmed case of the virus within Trinity, back in March, was also reported in the TBSI building . 

At the time, the building’s fourth floor and lifts were closed to allow for cleaning to take place. 

Two weeks ago, it was confirmed that nine members of Trinity Rugby, Dublin University Football Club (DUFC) had tested positive for Covid-19.

Level Five restrictions were introduced on Thursday, October 22 across Ireland, placing strict limitations on most forms of social activity.

In Trinity, most teaching is being conducted online, with some essential in-person classes required for accreditation, such as labs, taking place on-campus. Research activities have also been permitted to continue on-site. 

The Library has remained open under Level Five, along with the student breakout spaces that were introduced on campus at the start of the semester.

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.