May 14 COVID-19 Advisory

May 14 COVID-19 Advisory

Posted on May 14, 2020

KAUST cases

One new case of COVID-19 has been identified at KAUST, bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 identified at KAUST to 15. The individual has been transferred to a nominated facility in Jeddah. The new identified case was in quarantine, as was the small contact tracing group, and all members of the group remain in quarantine.
All of the previous positive cases have been discharged upon completion of the MOH testing requirements. We are keeping in touch with all of our cases and monitoring their progress. We wish each of these community members well.

KAUST curfew timings

The current KAUST curfew hours will continue to operate until May 31, unless otherwise notified. You must stay home during the following times: 
  • Midnight - 6:00 a.m. 
  • 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
It is vital that everyone strictly observe this curfew, which is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Exceptions apply.

President Chan’s message regarding a KAUST reopen plan

Read the full text of President Chan's message here.

Being okay with not being okay!
Feeling like there is a lot to worry about? Join us for a webinar on Monday, May 18 from 3:30- 5:00 p.m. and learn how to better manage uncertainty and move forward with your life despite it. This one and a half hour session will give you tools to:
  • Interpret anxiety differently
  • Control anxiety-provoking thoughts
  • Adjust big or small life plans over the next two years
  • Maintain hope and make future plans
The session is interactive and will use breakout rooms and discussion.
Registration is limited to 25 participants. 
For more information and to register, please visit The LENS
And for more wellness and mental health resources, please visit the KAUST Health website.


Once again, we’d like to thank you for your cooperation and ongoing adherence to directives. These have been designed to keep you safe and to help manage the crisis.


KAUST COVID-19 Crisis Center (KC3)

Why can’t KAUST do its own COVID-19 testing?

KAUST is bound by the rules of the Ministry of Health (MOH). As such, all testing and processing of results must be carried out through the MOH’s laboratories.

Read more about contact tracing on the KAUST Health website.

Staying informed


  • Stay informed about COVID-19 and the University’s directives here
  • Contact our dedicated helpline or call 012 808 0950 Sunday to Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Review changes to operating hours for facilities, services and programs
Virtual Community Hub—things to do
Take part in community challenges, find helpful resources and stay in touch with your family and friends...virtually.   
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Need to talk? You've got options
The wellness and emotional support teams from across KAUST have come together to arrange support during these uncertain times. 
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May 14 COVID-19 Advisory