The Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) announced this Thursday the extension of the closure of the Vera campus, in which some 25,000 students study, until October 19, as a result of the outbreak that originated in a party at the Galileo residence hall Galilei, with 168 positives, the largest focus detected so far in the Valencian Community.
Sources of the institution have recalled that on Sunday, October 4, according to the health authorities, it was decided that teaching at the Vera campus would go online, as well as the restriction of all the students’ face-to-face activities.
“Once the tests have been carried out and the results obtained, now they must carry out traces and new tests on the close contacts of the positive cases to continue limiting the outbreak,” they explained.
For all this, and in order to “limit the spread of contagion”, it has been decided “to maintain the online mode of teaching until Monday, October 19, as well as to restrict all face-to-face activity of students on the Vera campus.” This measure “will allow to contain the possible contagion in the surroundings of the campus of Vera”.
The same sources have added that “presence is one of the values of the UPV as an institution and is key to continue with the training.”
Since the beginning of the course, “the university community of the UPV has maintained an exemplary behavior on campus”. However, they have recalled “the importance of personal responsibility and the need to maintain and comply with the preventive measures established in the Internal Protocol of Action against the Activation of the Health Alert for Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 approved by the UPV and the guidelines of the educational entities “.
For its part, the University of Valencia has suspended the face-to-face classes of 4 groups corresponding to 3 degrees from 2 University faculties: the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Economics, as reported this Friday to the UV Health and Safety Committee; Classes will be taught online. The measure is also related to the outbreak of the Galileo Galilei residence hall.