Statement on second confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case
The University of Melbourne can confirm that a second staff member has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The staff member arrived back from overseas prior to the Australian Government’s mandatory 14-day self-isolation period. On Tuesday 17 March, they visited the Peter Hall Building (Building 160) and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Building 161. The staff member was not unwell when they attended campus and they are now at home self-isolating. The University is in contact with them directly to ensure that they are well supported.
The University continues to work closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to ensure the health and safety of all our students, staff and visitors.
Following the latest DHHS protocols, the University is currently contacting any people who may have been in close contact with the staff member to advise them of the situation and need to self-isolate.
Once notified, Buildings 160 and 161 were closed to commence a deep sanitising clean. These buildings will remain closed until Monday 23 March. In addition to our buildings, through the contact tracing protocols advised by DHHS, we have extended our cleaning services and support to areas where there may have been casual contact at the University.
For future updates, the University will continue to provide information via our dedicated COVID-19 website. This website is updated regularly with the latest advice and guidance, together with the details of our response plan.