Covid-19 Update 65: Keep safe
The third wave of the coronavirus has started in Gauteng and is rapidly gaining momentum as we head into the winter season.
We are about two weeks to the start of the examination period, and whilst most students are learning remotely, there are still thousands of Witsies in residences, and many others accessing campuses and buildings every day. For the good of all members of the community, please abide by Wits’ COVID-19 policies and protocols at all times.
Infections are rising
We appeal to you to please:
- Complete the updated screening form on the Wits Logbox App every day. The App is being simplified to make it easier to use.
- Show your clearance note to the security officers before entering Wits’ campuses or buildings.
- Wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose, especially when indoors with other people.
- Stay at least 1.5 metres from anyone else.
- Stay away from gatherings (no social events are permitted) and crowded areas, especially when indoors.
- Keep rooms well ventilated – leave windows and doors open even if it is cold.
Watch this COVID-19 prevention animation (in isiZulu with English subtitles) on the 3Ds – Distance, Dose, Dispersion: Experts’ guide on COVID-19 risks in South Africa and how to manage them penned by several Wits specialists.
Find out more about keeping safe on the Wits COVID-19 Resources page.
The national vaccination programme has commenced but will take several months to roll-out. It is currently only targeted to individuals older than 60 years of age. If you are 60 years or older, register for the COVID-19 vaccination programme via the national Electronic Vaccination Data System or click here: https://www.gov.za/covid-19/vaccine/evds
Mental Health and Wellness
Your overall personal health and wellness is important. The pandemic is affecting our physical, emotional and mental health in different ways. Read more about the impact of the pandemic on students and women. If you, or anyone you know needs counselling, please make use of the following services offered by the University.
Students can reach out to CCDU via firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Wits Student Crisis Line on 0800111331 (24/7/365 toll free).
Staff members can make use of Kaelo’s counselling services (at no cost) by calling 0861635766, by dialling *134*928, by sending a ‘Please call me’ to 0726205699, or by emailing email@example.com.
Our Collective Responsibility
We appeal to all staff and students, out of mutual respect and in the interests of the collective health and safety of our community, to abide by all COVID-19 protocols, rules, and policies (and encourage others to do the same). We must act responsibly for the greater good of our broader community and society.