Dear Colleagues,

I hope you continue to stay safe and well during the fourth week of Greater Sydney’s lockdown.

Like you, the University’s Crisis Management Team, has this week continued to monitor closely the public health orders and the Premier’s daily press conferences to determine impacts on UOW operations.

This week there are no additional restrictions or impacts to UOW operations since I provided the last UOW COVID-19 Update on Saturday, 17 July.

I encourage you to please continue to check the listed case locations and exposure venues. I want to draw your attention to the fact that worryingly, several new exposure sites have been identified in the Illawarra. If you have attended any venue listed during the times and dates outlined, you must immediately follow the health advice against the relevant venue and do not visit a UOW campus for any reason.

As the Premier stated in her press conference today, it is too early to tell if the lockdown will be eased or extended after 30 July 2021. However, what is clear is that the road out of lockdown from this outbreak of the highly infectious Delta strain of COVID-19 will take some time, and lockdown is likely to be extended if case numbers of people moving around the community in their contagious phase do not reduce.

I want to reassure you that while we wait for clarity about the easing of lockdown and ongoing restrictions, the UOW Executive Team and the Crisis Management Team continue to plan contingencies for any extended restrictions, with the safety and wellbeing of staff and students at the forefront of all decisions.

I once again wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all UOW staff for your commitment, flexibility, and dedication during this challenging time.

Please continue to stay safe by following the steps for positive health and wellbeing and book in for a COVID-19 Vaccination when it is available to you.

Regards

Damien Israel
Chief Operating Officer