St. George’s University’s Efforts to Protect the Public Health Threat of COVID-19 in Grenada

Aerial view of Sir Eric Gairy Hall at SGU

TRUE BLUE, Grenada, March 30, 2020 —

St. George’s University (SGU) continues to collaborate with
Grenadian health officials during this global pandemic by supporting Grenada’s
medical professionals to combat the public health threat of Coronavirus
(COVID-19) in the Grenadian community. 

SGU has received approval from the Government of Grenada
and Grenada Airport Authority to arrange an additional repatriation charter
flight on Tuesday, March 31 for remaining students who can return home. This
in-coming charter flight will arrive with additional medical supplies but no
incoming passengers. SGU is making every effort to ensure the international SGU
community does not burden Grenada’s healthcare system. 

SGU has made provisions for Grenadian students who returned
home from the University of the West Indies (UWI), and other Grenadian
nationals, who are not symptomatic to self-quarantine at the University Club
for the government-mandated 14 days.

“COVID-19 is a test of solidarity and, during these
uncertain times, it requires cooperation and collaboration. Our decision to
facilitate the UWI students and others stemmed from our concern for Grenada’s
public health and how we would hope SGU students, who will become future
doctors, would get support during these challenging times,” said Dr Rich Liebowitz,
Vice Chancellor of St. George’s University.  

SGU has determined that no return to Grenada for students
and faculty will occur before June 29. Before this date, the circumstances will
be re-evaluated and a decision will be made, in collaboration with the
Government of Grenada of when it is safe for students to return. SGU will
continue to provide online courses to students through June 29 and has provided
technology support to those students who remain in Grenada. There are no
academic activities and campus operations have been re-evaluated to comply with
the Work from Home Remotely government regulation. We have employed social
distancing practices for essential employees who remain on campus and all SGU
employees will continue to receive their full pay and benefits during this

Dr G. Richard Olds, Infectious Disease Specialist and
President of St. George’s University, stated, “The cost of not
implementing social distancing even for a day can be detrimental to dense
communities.  If you wait until there are
a lot of symptomatic patients, then we could see an estimated 40% increase in
additional cases during the steepest part of the infection curve. At this point
social distancing will be far less effective, so I commend the Government of
Grenada for its efforts to enforce social distancing.”  The Health Minister’s update to Grenada’s
Emergency Powers COVID-19 Regulations aligns with global efforts to stem the
spread of coronavirus through the power of social distancing. SGU remains
committed to helping the campus and Grenadian community, navigate this
challenge as safely as possible. We thank the Grenadian community for the
continued understanding.  

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