UPDATE: 120 students tested positive for Covid-19 following testing at the University of Limerick.
The University of Limerick have this evening announced plans to facilitate on-campus testing for Covid-19 “in a bid to surpress further transmission.”
The news was announced this Tuesday evening in an email from university Vice-President Nigel Healey, citing a rise in recent Covid-19 cases in the Castletroy area.
“The Department of Public Health Mid-West has seen some evidence in recent weeks of a slight increase in the COVID-19 cases among the student population living in the immediate vicinity of the campus – largely due to day-to-day social interactions between different households,” the email read.
To combat the spread, UL and Public Health Mid-West are facilitating free on-campus COVID-19 tests to UL students – without needing to display symptoms of the virus – at a testing centre being established on campus this week.
Tests will take place on campus (EGO 10, Main Building) between 10:00am and 6:00pm this week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12th – 14th February).
Students can register here.
The email reads “students who register will be given appointment times by Public Health Mid-West by text and should attend only at the appointed time. Students must wear a mask at all times. All tests will be processed by the HSE and follow-on protocols will be communicated to you by the HSE should you test positive.”
“As a result of the onset of the dominant UK COVID-19 variant, which is more transmissible than the original strain, there is now a high level of risk of transmission in the student community,” the email stated.
“We are urging all of you, whether living in Limerick or in your own home towns, to avoid household visits and social gatherings of any kind as a single episode of social contact can have far-reaching consequences.”