May 17 COVID-19 Advisory

May 17 COVID-19 Advisory

Posted on May 17, 2020

KAUST cases

The total number of cases of COVID-19 identified at KAUST remains at 15. All of the 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.

Greens Fresh Produce now open

Following a comprehensive health-risk assessment and the implementation of appropriate controls, Greens Fresh Produce in front of the Harbor Library, has reopened. 
Their hours are as follows: 
  • 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The number of people allowed into the store will be managed. It is mandatory to wear a face covering and gloves and it is your responsibility to practice social distancing measures once inside the store.

Leaving campus

Anyone living at KAUST who wants to travel to Jeddah (or another region), will continue to need a permission pass from the Ministry of Interior. Otherwise, the individual will be refused entry at the Check Point and/or be fined by the Saudi authorities.
In addition, anyone planning to leave KAUST must inform theCoronavirusTaskforce@kaust.edu.sa of his or her intention to leave; and inform the Coronavirus Task Force one week prior to returning. Due to our capacity to support people in quarantine, it is not guaranteed that permission to return will be given. 
Please note that anyone who is given permission to return to KAUST will be required to go directly to KAUST Health ER upon his or her return for an assessment, and he or she and any people with whom the individual shares a house are immediately required to enter quarantine, in line with the requirements in place at that time. Quarantine is currently 21 days.
We strongly recommend that KAUST residents do not leave KAUST at this time. If you do decide to leave, it should be for essential reasons only.


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)

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 17 COVID-19 Advisory