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March 30 COVID-19 advisory

30 March, 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 7. All KAUST patients are being well taken care of and we are keeping in touch with them and monitoring their progress. We are creating a summary to share more information with you on a regular basis, and we hope to have that ready in the next couple of days.
These are the items that we wish to update you on today.

Temporary Repatriation of Expatriate Personnel

Some countries are now organizing repatriation flights to home countries through their respective embassies and consulates in Saudi Arabia. If you are interested in a potential repatriation flight, please contact your embassy/consulate directly and they will advise if this is an option. Please note that not all countries are offering repatriation flights. Please find more details about repatriation flights here

Plan your Tamimi shopping sensibly

We would like to remind the community that Tamimi is open during curfew hours until 2:00 a.m. Here are some good practices to better plan your shopping in these fast-changing times: 
  • Only one person per household can enter the store
  • Plan ahead and write down a list. Buy groceries and household items for the whole week and buy fresh supplies once in between. Think about the needs of everyone in your household—including your pet(s)—to avoid forgetting items and having to return to the store.

Webinar: KAUST COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

Learn more about the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge in a Q&A webinar with:
  • Tony Chan, President
  • Chris Sealey, VP Community Life
  • Michelle Remington, Director of The KAUST School
  • Brian Moran, Dean of Graduate Affairs
  • Jason Roos, Chief Information Officer
  • Kevin Cullen, VP Innovation & Economic Development
Join us on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
To register for the webinar, please click here. A Zoom link will be sent to you.

Emergency contact details

HR would like to remind the community to update your emergency contact details in the Portal so we have a record of whom to contact on your behalf in the event of an emergency. If possible, it's best to have at least two emergency contacts. This way, they will be able to work together—or, if one is unavailable, the other can take charge.
Please follow the instructions below to update your emergency contacts and provide the following:
  • In-Kingdom emergency contact
  • Out-of-Kingdom emergency contact (where applicable)

If you have any questions, please contact the HR helpdesk at