A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at the University of Iceland’s main cafeteria. Several university employees, including Rector Jón Atli Benediktsson, are in quarantine after an employee of the university working in the main building was found to have COVID-19.
The Cafeteria staff will be going into quarantine and screening tests, and the cafeteria and salad bar will be closed until the results are in. Háma is the largest restaurant in the university area, and it’s where all the hot food for student cafeterias under the Háma brand all over campus is prepared. These cafeterias will remain open but will not be offering soup or hot food. An email was sent to all students of the university last night stating that the university was taking all necessary precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in collaboration with the Department of Civil Protection’s contact tracing team and the Chief Epidemiologist.
Due to the COVID-19 cases within the university, the rector encourages students to attend lessons and meeting online, wash their hands frequently and keep up with social distancing. “This is a reminder to us all that although, fortunately, the domestic infection rate is falling, the pandemic is far from over. I would like to urge you all, dear colleagues and students, to hold meetings remotely and to follow the official infection control rules to the letter. We must continue to follow strict hygiene practices and keep at least one-metre distance from others. If we are experiencing even the mildest symptoms, we must stay at home without exception.,” writes Jón Atli in a letter to all members of the university.
In his letter, the rector reminded staff and students of the psychological therapy options available to them, reminding students that the University is offering free psychology therapy for students. He urges students who are “experiencing anxiety due to the current situation to book an individual session online.”
The university has made every effort to keep the school’s operations going for the fall term. All lectures are available online, and teachers have to be prepared to manage all schoolwork over the internet if circumstances call for it. Students are allowed to attend lessons but must keep a social distance of one metre at all times.