York’s two universities have seen significant rises in the number of Coronavirus cases as they reopened for the new Autumn term, with York St John university having 82 confirmed cases and the University of York with more than 140 students and staff with positive test results.
University of York (UoY) stated: “We have around 4500 members of staff and a student body of around 18,000.” and as of 1:20pm on Friday (9th October) the University was aware of 147 individuals within the university’s community self-isolating due to a positive Covid test result. York St John has around 7500 students and 900 staff in total with, from the 8th October, 82 members of the university self isolating after positive tests. This means in total over 200 university students in York have tested positive within the first weeks starting back.
Amelia Smith, UoY Environmental Geography BSc student said: “At the start of this week my flat mate tested positive for the Coronavirus and immediately told us to isolate until the 19th of October. We filled out all of the correct forms for the NHS and then contacted the university. We were given an abundance amount of support including ways to get food delivered and links to websites to support our mental health. Overall, we are dealing well with it so far and have lots of support options if we need them.”
The YorkPress reported that in North Yorkshire as of yesterday (11 October) that 105 new cases have been recorded in the area which takes the total number up to 4964 and in the City of York council area since the beginning of the pandemic the number of cases recorded now stands at 2032.
For daily updates of student cases in York see links below;
York St John – https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/coronavirus-advice/
University of York – https://coronavirus.york.ac.uk/