The Public Health Department has confirmed the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Cayman Islands. At this this time, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 at UCCI.
We recognise the level of concern that news of the first confirmed case brings to our students, faculty, staff and their families. We are taking the necessary precautions as recommended by HSA to ensure the wellbeing of the UCCI community and we adhere to the NEOC (National Emergency Operations Centre) directions that are currently being provided to Government departments.
Currently, all UCCI classes will continue as usual. We are following the official Government updates and ask you to do the same. Should there be any changes to class schedules, you will be notified through official UCCI communications. During this time, you may find many other non-official messages confusing. However, please understand that you can expect to receive official directions through UCCI communications such as these. We encourage everyone to closely monitor reliable, trusted and official Government sources such as CIG https://www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus and the HSA https://www.hsa.ky/public-health/coronavirus/ for the latest news.
Following government recommendations, we will postpone or cancel non-essential meetings or events and employ remote technology where possible to help avoid the spread of Coronavirus.
Any student who has traveled abroad in the last 30 days, returned from a country with an outbreak of COVID-19, and you are experiencing these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties are advised to stay at home to recuperate/self-isolate (you are NOT required to provide a doctor’s note). Obtain medical advice by your primary care physician or to arrange testing or call the HSA hotline (1-800-534-8600). Students should also notify Ms. Donnette Goddard, Director of Student Life @ +1 (345) 525-8985 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around campus, we are currently taking additional preventative measures:
Please continue to reinforce frequent hand washing and use the 35 hand sanitizer dispensers available on campus. Our current hand sanitizer product is as effective as an alcohol-based sanitizer. Studies have demonstrated that an alcohol-free hand sanitizer containing benzalkonium chloride as the active ingredient, at a concentration of 0.13%, is just as or more effective than alcohol at getting rid of bacteria. The product UCCI is using contains at least 3 X more bacteria destroying ability than required by the EPA.