AUS reports steady decline in COVID-19 cases

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By Malika Kaloo

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH – The American University of Sharjah reported a steady decline in COVID-19 cases from 125 in the first week of face-to-face classes to 29 in the third week. 

According to University Health Services’ emails to the AUS community, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, the university reported 18 on-campus and 107 off-campus COVID-19 cases. 

In the second week starting from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, there were nine cases on campus and 31 off-campus.

During the third week from Feb. 11 to Feb. 17, the number of positive cases dropped to 29 with nine on-campus and 20 off-campus.

The emails added that buildings accessed by positive persons were sanitized according to Ministry of Health and Prevention protocols.

“The number of positive cases is not constant, but we are seeing a downward trend,” said Dr. Lubna Al Saraj, the director of the UHS, in an interview on Feb. 3. 

“Fortunately, we did not report any serious cases on campus,” she added. 

As per the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Education guidelines, to access the campus, students and faculty must maintain a green status on the Al Hosn application. 

AUS returned to face-to-face classes on Jan. 31.