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March 31 COVID-19 advisory

31 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.
These are the items that we wish to update you on today.

KAUST cases

We would like to update the community about the seven positive cases identified on campus. Six out of seven cases have now completed the MOH testing requirements in Jeddah and returned negative tests. They have been or are being discharged, and we are pleased to welcome them back into the community. As per MOH guidelines, they are required to enter a 14-day quarantine as a precautionary measure. We will continue to support them during this time. 

Census reminder

As part of our COVID-19 preventative measures—and to better assess the anticipated needs of our community—we have sent primary KAUST residents a short survey. 
Please help us maximize the success of our efforts by taking just a few minutes fill in the survey sent by email yesterday. Your answers will provide us with extremely valuable information.

Restaurants and coffee shops' hours

Some restaurants and coffee shops on campus have extended their working hours to better accommodate the community, while others have temporarily closed. Please have a look at the updated timings and statuses of different businesses here

Health and well-being

During this time, we urge you to take your health and well-being seriously. Check social media in a purposeful and limited way. Go outside for a walk; cycle or jog to relieve stress; and also take a break—especially from your computer or laptop—before the start of the curfew. Remember that resources are available to help via the Community Life Virtual Community Hub.
Your health and well-being matters
As a result of the high number of registrations for the Health and Wellness Webinar announced last week, we are pleased to advise that more Webinars are available for anyone who was unable to participate. You can register here: Coronavirus Lifestyle Preparedness Webinar
We are also pleased to be able to share with you the option of one-on-one Health Coaching. During our directive to stay at home and due to subsequent curfews, it’s important that you take care of your overall health and well-being. We are pleased to be able to offer our community members Health Coaching sessions that are designed to optimize your health based on your unique needs and goals. The sessions will be provided by certified health coaches. To register for 1:1 Health Coaching, please submit your request here and the coach will contact you directly.

Campus access

We would also like to remind the community that the campus is currently closed. 

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