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April 2 COVID-19 advisory

02 April, 2020

The CMT and the EOC established in response to the COVID-19 crisis continue to take action and wish to provide the following updates.
The current number of positive cases identified on campus remains at seven. We are keeping in touch and monitoring progress of the one remaining positive KAUST case in Jeddah. The person has had one negative test and is awaiting the results of the second test.
These are the items that we wish to update you on today.

Update on compulsory leave

In line with the government’s direction and precautionary measures, compulsory leave has been extended until further notice. Compulsory leave applies to those over 55; pregnant and nursing women; or those with underlying medical conditions. Remote working arrangements can be made through your line manager.

Curfew reminder

A 24-hour curfew has been introduced in Makkah and Madinah today. The curfew at KAUST remains in place from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Please ensure you keep up to date, as curfew conditions may change at short notice.  An email announcement and SMS will be sent in the event of changes. PENALTIES APPLY for breaking the curfew. Valid reasons to be away from home during the curfew can be found here

Census reminder

Thank you if you have already responded to the KAUST COVID-19 census. If you have not yet responded to the census, please do this today.

Virtual gatherings

As in-person social gatherings are not permitted at this time, remember that you can always connect virtually with friends or family and engage in virtual gatherings! Here a few ideas to virtually meet online:
Thursday Night Live!: Join us online for special live sessions of TNL! on Thursday evenings. These virtual musical gatherings are a nice way to kick off the weekend. Tune in when Wa7sh Club performs on Thursday, April 2, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Read more
Les Mills workouts: Craving exercise after 3:00 p.m.? Don't forget that you can subscribe to a 60-day free trial of Les Mills workouts. The subscription includes access to 800+ iconic workouts, including strength, cardio, HIIT, dance, flexibility and more. For more details about the offer, please visit the Community Page and sign up today. 
Virtual Community Hub: For those working from home, Friday and Saturday will be an opportunity to switch off the computer and the Zoom calls... Everyone—adults, teens, children and students—has the opportunity to try something different by browsing through the ideas and resources on the Virtual Community Hub

Staying informed

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.

Chris Sealey
Vice President, Community Life