Kreisgesundheitsamt, Rettungsdienst und Krankenhäuser in Siegen-Wittgenstein haben sich auf ein mögliches Auftreten des Coronavirus vorbereitet. Zentrale Anlaufstelle für Patientinnen und Patienten mit einem Verdacht auf Infizierung mit dem neuen Grippevirus ist das Kreisklinikum in Siegen-Weidenau.
General information and infection protection rules
What are the hygiene and infection prevention rules (minimum distance, mouth-nose cover)?
Mouth and nose cover (mask) & minimum distance
- When staying at the university, it is important to keep the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people.
- An FFP2 mask or medical mask must be worn at all times on the premises as well as in the buildings of the University of Siegen.
- The obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover is
- The work in the single office.
- Working in a multi-person office if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between all those present is maintained at all times.
- Teachers or lecturers and candidates of oral examinations, as long as the minimum distance of 1.5 meters to other persons is maintained. This also applies accordingly to committee meetings. Likewise during a speaking engagement in a research group.
- Persons who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons and can present a medical certificate.
- For courses and examinations the above mentioned regulations apply
- In the event of a sustained refusal to wear a mask, the person concerned must be excluded from the course, examination or other activity/event (§ 3 para. 7 of the CoronaSchVO).
- Persons with respiratory symptoms (unless the doctor has clarified a cold, for example) or fever should generally not stay on the premises of the University of Siegen.
- In case relatives (students, teachers, staff and employees) of the University of Siegen have tested positive for Corona or there is a suspicion of an infection, we have set up a hotline under the following number: 0271/740-5555. Please follow the instructions on how to behave in case of an infection or suspicion.
- For guests at the University of Siegen, e.g.
external service providers, participants in project
meetings etc., the hygiene and infection prevention
rules apply accordingly.
Contact persons of these guests are urgently requested to inform about this requirement in order to ensure that the guests are allowed to enter the university grounds. All members of the university are obliged to compile lists of names of guests and to record contact times in order to be able to trace chains of infection if necessary.
- All members of the university are responsible for mutual protection. If, for example, before or during lectures, meetings, etc., it is necessary to take the necessary steps. If there are any questions or problems that prevent a proper implementation, the responsible persons contact the members of the Security Team directly (0271-740 3879). The Security Team will be happy to advise and support you in eliminating the problems and ambiguities.
What should I do if I have an infection or a suspected case?
In the event that members of the University of Siegen (students, teachers and employees) have tested positive for Corona or there is a suspicion of infection, we have set up a hotline at the following number: 0271/740-5555.
The following step-by-step instructions apply in case you have certainly or possibly stayed on the premises of the University of Siegen while you were infected with Corona or there was a well-founded suspicion (e.g. the message "increased risk" in the Corona App, typical symptoms or close contact with infected persons).
In case of infection the hotline should be contacted immediately. The follow-up of contacts is carried out by the responsible public health department in cooperation with the Department of Health Protection of the University of Siegen. Affected persons are contacted by the public health department and further measures are taken or ordered.
Since the public health department takes into account the individual risk of contact, not all contact persons of an infection case are usually informed or sent to quarantine, but only those for whom the public health department determines a recognizable risk of infection.
How does simple and special traceability work?
The so-called traceability is an instrument prescribed by the Corona Protection Ordinance with which infection chains can be traced and interrupted. At all meetings, assemblies, conventions and events, at least "simple traceability" must be ensured, i.e. a list with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all those present must be compiled. The teacher, examiner or inviting person is responsible for compiling the list. A template can be found here (german language). The lists are sent to the respective deanery or (departmental) management.
The data protection regulations also provide for a paper list (german language) to be made available to students, lecturers or examiners who do not wish to register using the QR Code.
Simple traceability is only permitted if there is a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the seats of all those attending a (teaching) event, examination, meeting, etc. If, on the other hand, "special traceability" is guaranteed, this distance may be undercut.
For special traceability, the number of the seat taken by each person must also be recorded so that it can be traced exactly who sat next to whom. The template for paper lists and the QR code provide for a corresponding entry. By the beginning of the lecture period, all rooms of the University of Siegen will be marked with numbers for each seat. Therefore, please pay attention to the condition of the room used and, if necessary, inform yourself in advance before the planned use.
What information is available for ventilation and cleaning?
According to the current state of knowledge, the regular ventilation of rooms is one of the most important instruments for infection protection. In all rooms where there is a ventilation system, it is set up in such a way that fresh air is continuously supplied from outside. Rooms with automated ventilation are identified in unisono by the reference "technical ventilation".
In all other rooms window ventilation is possible; a number of rooms have been retrofitted accordingly. For the few rooms where ventilation is not possible, the occupancy capacity has been reduced to minimize aerosol contamination.
From the beginning of November, CO2 traffic lights will only be available for borrowing in rooms without automated ventilation (issued by the gatekeepers).
For all courses, exams, meetings, etc., the responsible are requested to ensure that the rooms you use are kept fresh:
- Please open all windows after completion of the course, examination, meeting etc.
- Please provide for a 5-minute break every 30 minutes for courses and meetings of any kind.
Disinfectant dispensers are available throughout the university.
The cleaning of all rooms is coordinated with the Occupational Health Center and is carried out regularly with the help of cleaning agents effective against the corona virus.
Where can I find templates for creating visitor or participant lists for contact registration and tracking?
In order to trace infection chains during the time of the Corona pandemic, all members of the University of Siegen are obliged to record who visited their office or an event during the day. This also applies to courses, examinations, excursions and official meetings (e.g. working group meetings, project meetings).
- List of visitors/participants CORONA (German language)
- Information obligations for visitors/participants in the course of the Corona pandemic
The lists must be reported to the dean's office at the end of each week. After sending the participant documentation to the dean's office, the file must be deleted on the dean's own computer for data protection reasons; it is stored exclusively on a computer belonging to the dean's office. After four weeks the lists must also be deleted on the dean's computer.
All participants of courses, exams, excursions and business meetings must be provided in advance with the data protection information ("Information obligations for visitors/participants in the course of the Corona pandemic").
How can I protect myself?
The University asks that you follow the recommendations of the Federal Centre for Health Education on the prevention of infections.
Which preventive measures is the University of Siegen taking to prevent infections?
The University takes precautionary measures to prevent the further spread of diseases.
The University of Siegen has air conditioning systems (RTL systems) in many of its properties, which, where window ventilation is not possible, provide sufficient healthy breathing air. In the course of the corona pandemic, the University has converted all RTL facilities from recirculation to fresh air operation. This means that the existing room air is completely replaced by fresh air. With this mode of operation, the university ensures that no accumulation of air components in the room can occur. This measure reduces the risk of a possible infection with the corona virus as much as possible. The university is thus applying the specifications and recommendations of the RKI and the SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety regulations.
People that are ill with contagious diseases should not enter the university (grounds and buildings).
All people suspected of having contracted the Coronavirus are requested to consult a doctor after making an appointment by telephone. You should state if are arriving from a risk area or have been in contact with (possibly) sick people.
Where can I get information?
- The University of Siegen provides information on symptoms, hygiene measures etc. You can find them here.
- The district of Siegen-Wittgenstein has set up mobile teams, two contact points and an information hotline. You can find this information here.
- The Federal Foreign Office provides travel and security advice. These can be found here.
- The Federal Ministry of Health provides information on the coronavirus. This information can be found here.
- The Robert Koch Institute provides up-to-date information (you can find this here), FAQ (you can find this here) and a list of risk areas (you can find this here).
- The Federal Centre for Health Education provides answers to frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus, including information on infection protection and hygiene tips. These can be found here.
The district’s Department of Public Health, emergency services and hospitals in Siegen-Wittgenstein have prepared for a possible occurrence of the coronavirus. The central contact point for patients suspected of being infected with the new corona virus is the District Hospital (Kreisklinikum) in Siegen-Weidenau.