TBSI lab closed due to Covid-19 outbreak

After an outbreak of Covid-19 linked to two floors of the TBSI, practical classes inn one of its labs have been cancelled for the next week

Practical classes in one of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) have been suspended for the next week after a Covid-19 outbreak associated with the building.

The Head of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology has confirmed in an email to students this evening that the teaching laboratory 3.22 on the third floor of the TBSI will close to classes next week, following an outbreak of five Covid-19 cases.

In an email, which was signed by Dr Derek Nolan, this measure was to “ensure the safety of all staff and students”, suspending teaching in the involved lab for next week, which is November 16 to 20.

“Practical classes will resume in the teaching laboratory on level 3 (3.22) at 2pm on Monday November 23,” Dr Nolan confirmed. 

“All students and staff affected by this temporary suspension of activity will be notified directly and appropriate alternative arrangements will be put in place to ensure continuity of delivery of content,” the email added.

An outbreak of Covid-19 associated with the school of biochemistry and immunology on the third floor of TBSI and the loading bay on the ground floor was reported by Trinity News this morning, and College has confirmed that the outbreak is “being managed” by the College Health Service in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (HSE).


“A Public Health risk assessment has been undertaken, and all close contacts have been identified and tested,” the email to students in the school confirmed this evening.


College is currently operating a “blended learning approach” for many science and practical courses, with only essential laboratories being carried out in-person.

“We ask that all staff and students remain vigilant and contact the College Health Service should they develop any symptoms of Covid -19, as Public Health have advised early testing for any symptomatic individuals,” the email from Dr Nolan to students urged.


“Should you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and telephone the College Health Service on 01 8961556 for further advice.”


Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the Editor-in-Chief of the 69th volume Trinity News, and a Senior Sophister student of English Literature and Philosophy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.