July 2 COVID-19 Advisory

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KAUST cases

The total number of cases of COVID-19 identified at KAUST remains at 28.

We are keeping in touch with all of our active cases and monitoring their progress. We wish each of these community members well. 

Gradually moving to a “new normal”

The next phase of the KAUST reopening plan will be achieved through a gradual transition to normality. It is the responsibility of each community member to help protect each other. Individual adherence to the Keep KAUST Safe guidelines significantly reduces the risk. 

Restricted activities from July 5

Residents entering KAUST from July 5 onwards should only participate in ‘restricted activities.’ These are activities that allow physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings where required. This is for a period of 14 days after returning to KAUST. 

Examples of activities you should not participate in during the 14 day period include:

  • Contact sports or indoor exercise
  • Sharing community transport
  • In-restaurant dining
  • Entering another household or inviting people to your house

We also encourage people returning to KAUST to make use of the Tamimi online ordering system for grocery shopping.

Community members in quarantine prior to July 5 will transition to ‘restricted activities’ from this date. The small number of exceptions will be contacted directly by KAUST Health before July 5.

Remote working remains in place. However, if you need to return to your workplace, observe and follow the health and safety measures put in place for each specific location.

The Core Labs are not open to people who have recently entered KAUST and are in a 14 day restricted activities period.

Quarantine will only be required from Sunday, July 5 in the following circumstances:

  • For those community members/households identified by KAUST Health through contact tracing of positive cases
  • For those community members who display and present to KAUST Health with COVID-19 related symptoms following a medical assessment
  • Confirmed positive COVID-19 cases

Any community member developing COVID-19 symptoms should immediately self-isolate at home and contact KAUST Health for further advice and guidance.

All community members are asked to follow the Keep KAUST Safe guidelines at all times.

Gate access

KAUST Security will collect the name and KAUST ID number from people entering KAUST through the GA platform. The collected data does not track location information and will be used to support KAUST’s testing program. 

Community members will no longer have to inform the COVID-19 Operations Hub when they are planning to leave KAUST or to gain approval for re-entry.

Business and personal visitors are not allowed into KAUST at this time.

Testing

As part of the changes effective on July 5, KAUST is transitioning to the next phase of its COVID-19 testing program.

A selected number of individuals who enter KAUST will be contacted about participating in the COVID-19 testing program. Over subsequent weeks, the number of tested individuals will gradually increase.

This is how the KAUST COVID-19 testing program will operate:

  • A selection of individuals will be contacted from the daily gate entry list provided by KAUST Security to be tested the following day.
  • Individuals must attend KAUST Health on the date and time advised—this is to help us manage the flow and reduce waiting times.
  • All samples are collected by nasal swab, carried out by KAUST Health staff and processed through the MOH recording system.
  • Results will be received within 48 hours. All negative results will receive a text message and positive results will be called and supported by KAUST Health.
  • Regular gate entry is likely to result in a higher frequency of testing.
  • Children 16 and under will be excluded from the gate entry testing program.

If an individual tests positive, he or she will be required to enter quarantine for 14 days. Contact tracing will be completed by KAUST Health and anyone deemed to meet the contact tracing criteria will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact.

Contact tracing and direct contacts

Because of how COVID-19 spreads, we know it is unlikely a person will catch it from someone without spending a significant amount of time with him or her in close proximity. You are at higher risk of infection if you have had face-to-face contact with a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more, or you’ve shared an enclosed space with that person for more than one hour. However, other factors are taken into account to determine whether someone is deemed a contact, such as whether you were wearing a face covering and the symptom status of the positive case.

The safest way to avoid being a contact is to keep your social network small and to practice the Keep KAUST Safe guidelines. It might also be useful to keep a track of your contacts in case you are required to participate in contact tracing. 

More information on contact tracing can be found here.

Commuters coming into KAUST

All commuters coming into KAUST — employees, service providers or contractors—have all been given clear instructions to follow the Keep KAUST Safe guidelines and specific work location directions.  There are restrictions in place on where they can go and what they can do in the community.

All commuters, KAUST employees, service providers and contractors will be included in the KAUST testing program.

Vulnerable groups

Community members or households who have chosen to self-isolate are encouraged to continue to do so. 

Further information

If you have questions about any of these  changes, the COVID-19 Operations Hub is available to answer your concerns. Contact the COVID-19 Operations Hub or call 012 808 0950. The Operations Hub is available 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday to Thursday.If you feel apprehensive, worried or nervous by these changes and would like to seek further support by one of our qualified professionals, please contact the Emotional Support Helpline at 054 470 0804.

For matters relating to the GA app please contact GA@kaust.edu.sa

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Baskin Robbins, Mailroom reopen

We are happy to inform the community that effective Thursday, July 2, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Discovery Square), Baskin Robbins (Discovery Square) and the KAUST Mailroom (DHL and UPS at Discovery Square) will welcome customers.

For opening hours, please click here

Please follow the Keep KAUST Safe guidelines.


Once again, we’d like to thank you for your cooperation and ongoing adherence to directives. These have been designed to keep you safe and to help manage the crisis.

KAUST COVID-19 Crisis Center (KC3)

Community resources


Staying informed

  • Stay informed about COVID-19 and the University’s directives here
  • Contact the COVID-19 Operations Hub or call 012 808 0950 Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • For other matters please call:
    • 054 470 0804 — for Emotional Support Helpline
    • 012 808 0959 — for Facilities Management
    • 012 808 2055 — for Human Resources
    • 054 470 1111 — for Government Affairs

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