University halls visitor tests positive for COVID-19

A visitor to a halls of residence in New Cross has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Goldsmiths University informed students via email that a visitor to Chesterman House has tested positive for the virus.

The email, which was sent on March 4, said that the visitor is “being looked after.”

The student that they were visiting has since developed symptoms of the virus, was admitted to hospital for testing, but has now returned to the halls of residence. Goldsmiths says that “it is important to stress [the student has] not yet been confirmed as having coronavirus.”

A third person, who is also a student and lives in the same flat, is self-isolating, with support from the University.

Chesterman House is in the Goldsmiths Student Village, which is near New Cross railway station.

A picture of New Cross station. A London Overground train is waiting at the platform.
Chesterman House is in the New Cross area. Credit: Geograph/N Chadwick.

Public Health England (PHE) has told Goldsmiths that other students who live elsewhere in Chesterman House are “not at risk.”

PHE has further told the University that it does not need to close any buildings nor cancel activities.

A member of the King’s College London “community” also tested positive for the virus on March 4.

PHE says that anyone who may have contracted the virus should avoid GPs, pharmacies, and hospitals. Instead, you may use the 111 online coronavirus service to assess your risk.

Photo: Commonswiki/Goldsmithslondon

Will is London Student's Features Editor. He has recently completed a BA History at SOAS, and you might find him hiding in a library around Bloomsbury.

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