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April 6 COVID-19 advisory

06 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.
These are the items that we wish to update you on today.

KAUST cases

There have been no new confirmed cases at KAUST since March 23.

Gate restrictions and procedures

We would like to remind the community that the campus is currently closed and that travel through Gate 1 is restricted only to people with hospital appointments in Jeddah. Any exception requests received are escalated to the EOC through the Coronavirus Taskforce. Please keep in mind the following: 
  1. The only people who are able to leave and return to KAUST currently are those attending medical appointments in Jeddah
  2. If people choose to leave KAUST, they will not be permitted to return until further notice (except for those in point 1)
  3. Anyone who is granted an exception to return to KAUST or anyone returning from a medical appointment must go directly to KAUST Health ER upon his or her return to be triaged and will go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine period

We would also like to remind you of the quarantine process applicable to anyonereturning to KAUST:
  • Residents returning to KAUST from anywhere in the Kingdom will be required to go into quarantine for up to 14 days or as long as deemed necessary
  • Anyone returning to KAUST following an urgent medical appointment is required to enter quarantine for up to 14 days or as long as deemed necessary. If follow-up or additional medical appointments are required, exceptions will be made for travel to and from the medical facility. Upon return to KAUST, the 14-day quarantine period will restart
  • Anyone given an exception to leave and re-enter KAUST for any reason will be required to complete quarantine upon return for up to 14 days or as long as deemed necessary
  • In all cases, if an individual is quarantined at home, any additional person also residing in the same property will be required to enter quarantine for up to 14 days or as long as deemed necessary.

On-demand buses

To better serve the community’s needs, as of today, the on-demand bus service will start at 6:15 a.m. 

Update on Facilities Management reduced services

Facilities Management (FM) has been working closely with the CMT and the EOC in response to the COVID-19 situation and is evaluating the services provided by our service contractors at KAUST to the community. Following the recent recommendations on social distancing, FM has been running reduced services since mid-March 2020. We would like to update the community that we will continue running reduced services until further notice. As all non-essential work will be placed on hold or scheduled with a delayed response, we ask all community members for their patience and understanding during this time.

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