The Accra Technical University – formerly known as Accra Polytechnic – has recorded its first COVID-19 case, authorities announced to students on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
The affected patient is national service personnel at one of the academic departments, a circular to the university community said.
“The said person is currently in isolation at a medical facility and responding well to treatment. Six colleagues who came into contact with the confirmed Covid-19 patient, have been counseled, re-assured and their samples taken for laboratory testing.
“The contacts have been asked to self-isolate while waiting for the results of the test. The University Medical team and the Safety and Health Committee are however in touch with the patient and contacts, to provide the needed medical and psychological support,” the letter to students said.
The ATU authorities say efforts are underway to fumigate the affected offices among others.
It added: “Members of the University Community are entreated to remain calm while adhering strictly to the published personal protection etiquettes.”
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.