Information about handling the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

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On this page you will find current information about common infectious diseases and recommended preventive measures. The University of Erfurt has convened a crisis management team to collect and evaluate new information, advise and initiate appropriate preventive measures and to update this website regularly.

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Information on digital teaching in winter semester 2020/21

On our topic pages you will find an overview of the most important questions (and of course answers) concerning digital teaching at the University of Erfurt. 

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Emergency measures of the University of Erfurt

Corona-Virus
Corona-Virus

In March 2020, the University of Erfurt took various measures to protect the health of employees, students and others against the background of the rapid global spread of the corona virus. These include the postponement of the start of lectures in the summer semester, the temporary suspension of campus attendance, the switch to digital teaching and learning formats, the temporary suspension of business trips and more flexible working hours. In addition, a protection concept has been drawn up which will be updated as necessary. The current version (status 09 November 2020) can be found here.

(Please note that there are separate protection concepts for individual facilities/buildings of the university, e.g. sports hall, Erfurt University Library, Gotha Research Library, buildings of the Faculty of Catholic Theology in the Domstraße, the ErfurtLab and the International Meeting Centre (IBZ)).

Of course, the current general ordinance of the city of Erfurt also applies. You can find the decree of 25 October here. (German only)

Hygiene measures

Recommended measures to protect yourself and others from contagion and especially droplet infection are

  • Keep a distance to other people (one to two meters)
  • regular, frequent and careful hand washing (at least 20 seconds with soap, up to the wrist)
  • wear gloves if necessary (wash after daily change)
  • Avoid shaking hands and hugging
  • Avoid touching mucous membranes in the face (mouth, eyes, nose) with your fingers
  • Sneezing not in the hand, but in the crook of the arm
  • dispose of used handkerchiefs quickly
  • Respiratory masks offer little protection to healthy people; humidifying the mask with condensed breathing air removes the barrier protection after only 20 minutes
  • avoid busy places and events
  • develop other protective habits: for example, pressing elevator buttons with an ankle instead of a fingertip

All employees should also check whether their communication can currently be done by e-mail, telephone or post.·      

A brochure from the Federal Centre for Health Education provides further tips (only available in german).

Templates for notices and posters

In the course of the Corona protection measures, we have created templates for notices and posters for you, which you can use as required and also adapt individually. You will find these on our service pages under (print)templates.

 

Contact

For all questions concerning the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the University of Erfurt has set up a mail address:

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Special circumstances:

You have questions about how to deal with an illness or a suspected case

Students and staff (teaching staff, lecturers, guest lecturers and employees) at the University of Erfurt. Persons who:

  • had contact with a sick person
  • who are staying abroad, but who cannot return to Germany due to safety regulations in the sense of the quarantine measure
  • are themselves ill (with unspecific general symptoms or respiratory problems)
  • are in quarantine;

please report immediately by telephone or e-mail to your superior and in Department 2: Personnel at e-mail: personal@uni-erfurt.de (employees) or in Department 1: Studies and Teaching at e-mail: studierendenangelegenheiten@uni-erfurt.de (students). Together with you, the colleagues will then discuss the further procedure, such as the possibility of teleworking.

You have a family and need advice and support

Students and employees with families are welcome to contact the Equal Opportunities Board, e-mail: katharina.reinholdt@uni-erfurt.de, if they have any concerns or problems.

 

You want to be tested in a suspected case

The Health Office of the City of Erfurt has named the Medical Care Centre Dr. Kielstein as the central information point for returnees from risk areas – with and without symptoms. There, a smear test can be taken by telephone on 0361/6010930 and the results will be available within 48 hours. You can reach the "Kassenärztlicher Notdienst" outside the office hours of the (family doctor) practices by calling 116117.

 

FAQ

The FAQ will be supplemented or updated as necessary.

General questions

What steps does the university management take to protect its employees and students and their relatives from the corona virus?

The University of Erfurt has set up a crisis team. It continuously assesses the very rapidly changing situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and makes recommendations to the Presidential Board regarding suitable protective measures. The crisis team follows the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute in its assessment and is in close contact with the Student services organisation (Studierendenwerk), the city of Erfurt, the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society and the other Thuringian universities.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the crisis management team developed a catalogue of measures, the implementation of which is intended to protect the health of employees, students and other people. These measures include postponing the start of lectures in the summer semester, temporarily suspending campus attendance, switching to digital teaching and learning formats, temporarily suspending business trips and making working hours more flexible. In addition, a protection concept has been drawn up which will be updated as necessary. The current version (as of November, 9 2020) can be found here.

What effects does the current situation have on the coming semester?

The summer semester 2020 will take place with a maximum of flexibility in the study structure and with extensive use of digital teaching formats. This also applies to the exams. As it is currently difficult to predict the further course of the pandemic, the University of Erfurt is also planning the winter semester 2020/21 at least partially digitally, i.e. as a so-called "hybrid semester".

Students are asked to contact their teachers by e-mail first if they need advice. We ask for your understanding that there are still some, especially organisational, questions that remain unanswered. We will do our best to clarify them as quickly as possible and provide you with up-to-date information on this website.

What regulations apply to students and employees who come from a risk area?

Until further notice, the following instructions apply to students and employees (teaching staff, lecturers, guest lecturers and employees) at the University of Erfurt. Persons who:

  • who had contact with a sick person;
  • who are staying abroad, but who cannot return to Germany due to safety regulations in the sense of the quarantine measure;
  • are themselves ill (with unspecific general symptoms or respiratory problems)
  • are in quarantine;

please report immediately by telephone or e-mail to your superior and in Department 2: Personnel at e-mail: personal@uni-erfurt.de (employees) or in Department 1: Registrar‘s Office at e-mail: studierendenangelegenheiten@uni-erfurt.de (students). Together with you, the colleagues will then discuss the further procedure, such as the possibility of teleworking. The Health Office of the City of Erfurt has named the Medical Care Centre Dr. Kielstein as the central information point for returnees from risk areas – with and without symptoms. There, a smear test can be taken by telephone on +49 (0)361 6010930 and the results will be available within 48 hours. Please note that the infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is notifiable. You can reach the Kassenärztlicher Notdienst outside the office hours of the (family doctor) practices by calling 116117.

How can I protect myself and others from infection?

With simple measures you can help to protect yourself and others from the corona virus:

  • When coughing or sneezing, keep the greatest possible distance from other people - and it is best to turn away.
  • Sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm or into a handkerchief - and then dispose of the handkerchief in a bin with a lid.
  • Washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is considered a sufficient hygiene measure. In particular, this hygiene measure must be taken after blowing the nose, sneezing or coughing. 

A brochure from the Federal Centre for Health Education provides further tips. (only available in german)

How do I distinguish a corona infection from a flu or cold?

The Robert Koch Institute has published an orientation guideon this.

How does the University of Erfurt proceed in case of a confirmed corona infection?

The university has established a corresponding procedure for this:

1. A person (student, employee, external service provider) at the University of Erfurt is tested positive for an infection with the COVID-19 virus.
2. The University of Erfurt will be informed by the responsible public health department and/or the person who tested positive at gesundheit@uni-erfurt.de or by the university management.
3. On the basis of the attendance lists or appointment confirmations (calendar entries), the contact persons of category I (persons who have been in contact with the person tested positive for more than 15 minutes) are identified and informed.
    These persons are given a quarantine order by the responsible health authority (not the university itself) and are usually tested for infection with the COVID-19 virus.
4. All persons who have been in contact with category I contact persons are initially category II contact persons. For these persons, there is a low risk of infection due to the existing regulations according to the protection concept of the University of Erfurt (definition by the RKI). Only if a positive test result is obtained for a category I contact person do category II contact persons become category I contact persons within the meaning of the above-mentioned regulations.

Example case student A from seminar B is tested positive:

  • information for all seminar participants incl. teacher C
  • participants, teachers and persons who have been in contact with the person who tested positive for more than 15 minutes are contact persons of category I and receive a quarantine order from the public health department
  • colleagues of teacher C who were in the same breakfast room or similar are contact persons of category II.

It is important,

  • that the rooms are cleaned in accordance with the infection protection concept;
  • that all persons keep an eye on their contacts as a precaution in order to be able to provide information as quickly as possible in an emergency.

(status: 28.10.2020)

the paper for download

Organizational

Will the cafeteria, the café "Hörsaal 7", the glass box and Café Hilgenfeld also be closed at the university?

Cafeteria
For university staff and students, the canteen offers Monday to Thursday from 9 to 17 hrs and Friday from 9 tp 15 hrs (in-house catering and out-of-home sales). Only cashless payment with the thoska is possible. At the entrance, your identification will be checked with the thoska.

"Glasbox"
9 to 18 hrs out-of-home sales for staff and students

Café "Hörsaal 7"
currently closed

Campus-Café "Hilgenfeld"
Monday to Friday: 10 to 16 hrs for take away food and drinks

Which possibilities do I have to use home office, telecommuting (Telearbeit) or mobile working?

Department 2: Personnel ("Dezernat 2: Personal") has prepared an information sheet [in German only]. There you will also find a corresponding form for recording working hours, which applies to employees covered by electronic time recording (flexitime), i.e. employees in technical and administrative departments, but not to professors and academic staff.

What support does the University Computer and Media Center offer for working at home?

For the support that the University Computer and Media Center provides, please click here. Apart from this the University Computer and Media Center provides appropriate information on the possibilities of organizing video conferences on its service pages. (Attention: Login required).

Does the post office remain occupied when presence mode is discontinued?

Yes, the post office in the Erfurt University Library building is open. The mailbox at the main entrance to the campus is emptied regularly.

Is it possible to set up a VPN access for my private computer by the University Computer and Media Center?

No, this is not possible for security reasons. The WebDAV service can be used for encrypted access to business drives. The URMZ staff will be happy to answer any questions and provide support.

What services does the University Library offer during the restricted study period?

Since 4 May 2020, the University Library of Erfurt has been open again. The library provides up-to-date information about its services and the regulations for ensuring hygiene protection measures on its  web pages.

Where can I find employee information on the topics of flexitime flexibilisation, use of home office, childcare leave and employees with special health risks?

You will find the latest employee information on the internal service pages of the university under "Personnel matters" in the subheading "Work and Corona". We also draw attention to the publication of new information on our Corona information page in the "News" section.

Can the silent workplaces on campus also be used at the weekend?

On Saturdays and Sundays, the 53 marked workstations in the Audimax building, rooms 007 and 0012, as well as the cloakroom, are accessible via the guard at the main entrance to the campus. Should further places be required, those on the ground floor of building 1 can be made available on request.

Information on data protection

Even though we currently have to find quick (online) solutions for many things, please note that the rules of data protection still apply and must be followed.

On the data protection pages you will find relevant information and help topics.

Data protection