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COVID-19: Planning for potential cases

07 March, 2020

As of March 7, 2020, there are no confirmed cases at KAUST. 

Key messages contained in this update:

  • Planning for confirmed cases in the Jeddah region
  • Planning for confirmed cases at KAUST
  • Care for people with COVID-19
  • Confirmed case planning FAQ


With the first identified cases in the Kingdom we understand the uncertainty and concern that this may bring to you and the community.  Over the last 6 weeks the Taskforce has been working to bring you information and guidance as quickly as possible in what is an ever changing situation.  We will continue to provide this information but if you do have specific concerns or questions please reach out to patient relations at

As well as implementing measures to prevent COVID-19 reaching KAUST, the Coronavirus Taskforce has been planning for the possibility that cases could occur at or close to KAUST.  The below message includes the measures that should be taken to mitigate the impact this will have on the University and the people that support it. Provisions to provide critical services (including utilities, food, and healthcare) during an emergency are in place. 

We are benchmarking our activities against the WHO, Saudi Government, and other leading Universities around the globe. 

Planning for confirmed cases in the Jeddah region

If there are cases identified outside of KAUST, but in areas where KAUST people live, KAUST will work with the government to support the response. The global and in-Kingdom situation is dynamic.  If there is a confirmed case in the Jeddah region, this does not necessarily change the status of work or criteria for entry to KAUST. KAUST may also advise travel restrictions or look to accommodate impacted people at KAUST.

We will keep you informed if this situation arises.

Planning for confirmed cases at KAUST

If this happens, the University will respond with appropriate actions based on specifics of that situation. For example, if it is a transmission of unknown origin or if it is in a quarantined individual, the response and measures taken will likely be different. If there is a case of unknown transmission, depending on the circumstances, decisions may be made which impact non-essential services. Plans are in place to continue operating services in these circumstance such as a distance learning program for KAUST and TKS if required.  

Again, we are committed to keeping you informed if any cases do arise. 

Care for people with COVID-19

For the vast majority of cases, COVID-19 is a mild illness.  If someone is diagnosed, KAUST Health and the Ministry of Health will support them and it is likely that they will be relocated to a specialized hospital facility for their care and treatment. 

KAUST Health and the MOH will also trace contacts of infected people and carry out decontamination, if appropriate. Those who have been in contact may be required to go into quarantine for 14-days. 

You can take measures to help protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19Learn more

Potential case planning FAQ

We recognize that there are many questions relating to this topic. We have created an FAQ platform on our website which we plan to keep updated to address your concerns. If you have any COVID-19 questions you’d like answered about your own personal situation or which pertains to the whole community, please email

More information

The KAUST Coronavirus Taskforce continues to meet regularly to adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation. We are committed to responding in a proportionate and appropriate manner to support and safeguard the community. Our priority is to keep you safe and well. More information on the KAUST response to COVID-19 is available at
Thank you for participating in keeping our community safe and well.