Work Arrangements for the Week of March 22

In view of the latest development of the COVID-19 situation, the University will continue the normal work arrangements as set out in the Task Force’s bulk email dated February 19, 2021.

We would like to update you on the campus related COVID-19 cases linked to the Ursus Fitness cluster.  As of today, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection concerning two members from the Faculty of Science.  An additional 20 staff members (15 from the Faculty of Science, three from the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, one from the Faculty of Arts, and one from the Faculty of Social Sciences) and six students (four from the Faculty of Science, one from the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, and one from the Faculty of Arts) have been classified by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) as close contacts of confirmed cases.   Updates on these cases, if any, can be found here.

The University has been working closely with the CHP and the concerned Faculties on the contact tracing of the cases, and has been in touch with the individuals concerned to ascertain their safety and recent contact histories.  Additional cleaning and disinfection have been arranged in all relevant areas, and the University has also increased the frequency of cleaning of common areas in general.  As a precautionary measure, the two departments with confirmed cases, namely the Department of Earth Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences, have opted to temporarily adopt alternative work arrangements since March 12, 2021.  While there will be no campus-wide change in work arrangements and normal services will be maintained for the time being, individual Departments/units may continue to exercise discretion in making alternative work arrangements if circumstances related to the Ursus Fitness cluster arise. 

The University will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and make necessary adjustments.  Please check with the COVID-19 INFO HUB on the University Main Page for services update and continue to stay vigilant.   If you experience any respiratory symptoms or believe that you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please do not come to campus and seek medical advice promptly (e.g. visit A&E services and inform medical staff about your contact history).  You may also wish to call the CHP hotline at 2125 1111 or 2125 1122 for advice.

Please be reminded that if you are determined by the CHP as a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a close contact of a confirmed case, you should report immediately to your direct supervisor/department head/unit head and also to the Task Force on Infectious Diseases by email to ncovstaff@hku.hk (staff) or ncov@hku.hk (for students) for follow-up action.  These steps will help the University maintain the safety of its members and keep the community appropriately informed while respecting the privacy of individuals. Students may also use this Self-Reporting Questionnaire (portal login required) for reporting purpose.

Please continue to stay vigilant, and always make personal and group health your top priority.

Task Force on Infectious Diseases