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.
Infection Protection Rules & Vaccinations
What are the hygiene and infection prevention rules (Mask obligation & distance rule)?
Mask obligation & distance rule
- Masks are not required to be worn on campus in outdoor areas. As in public spaces, spacing is required.
- In common areas in University buildings (hallways, restrooms, etc.), masks are mandatory (FFP2 mask or medical mask), and the minimum distance of 1.5 meters must also be maintained.
- If several people come together (e.g. during office meetings, in the PC pool, when working together in the laboratory or on the construction site), a mask must be worn if the minimum distance cannot be safely maintained.
- If the minimum distance of 1.5 meters is safely maintained or only immunized (recovered or fully vaccinated) persons meet, the mask can be discarded. This applies, for example, to duty meetings and shared offices.
- The mask may also be discarded at the individual workplace.
- For the University Library, all
partial libraries and all refectories and cafeterias of
the Student Union, it is not necessary to wear a mask
at the fixed seat, but it is strongly recommended. As
soon as this seat is left, the mask is mandatory.
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- Lecturers and candidates for oral examinations can take off the mask as long as the minimum distance of 1.5 meters to other persons is maintained. This also applies analogously to committee meetings. The same applies during a speech in a research group.
- Persons who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons and can produce an appropriate medical certificate are exempt from the mask requirement.
- According to the requirements of the state government, participation in courses and examinations is only possible for teachers and students with proof of immunity (vaccinated or recovered) or a certified negative test certificate (3G rule). The test certificates must not be older than 24 hours. [Update 11-10-2021 2 pm]
- Masks are mandatory in all courses (medical or FFP2 masks). The mask may be removed during speaking engagements (by faculty or students). The same applies to all present, if a distance of at least 1.5 meters can be maintained between all seats in a room. This reduces a possible residual risk of infection despite 3G.
- In rooms with 100 or more seats, at most every second seat is occupied (checkerboard). By reducing the density of people in larger rooms, we reduce the residual risk of infection where many people come together.
- 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 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.
Where can I find information about vaccinations?
Where are Corona vaccinations available?
The vaccination center of the district Siegen-Wittgenstein is closed since 30.09.21. Anyone who would like to be vaccinated against Corona after 10/1/21 can contact a physician in private practice. Also those who have received their first vaccination in the past weeks, but not yet a second vaccination, can contact a registered physician for the second vaccination.
In case patients do not have a regular family doctor, the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of Westphalia-Lippe has published a list of practices that also offer second vaccinations for this group.
Interested parties can find the constantly updated list at www.corona-kvwl.de/zweitimpfung.
The district of Siegen-Wittgenstein offers an "Open Immunization Consultation Hour" for all citizens: an open offer that can be used by anyone without prior appointment. Waiting times may have to be scheduled.
The "Open Consultation Hour" is also intended for medical/nursing personnel and other vulnerable groups.
Non-binding consultations as well as immediate vaccinations are available at the Immunization Consultation Hour. First, second and third vaccinations (booster vaccinations) are offered. BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available for this purpose.
Booster vaccinations are possible 6 months after the second vaccination with the active ingredient from BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna and already four weeks after a single vaccination with the active ingredient from Johnson & Johnson.
Those wishing to be vaccinated should bring existing documentation (vaccination certificate or proof of first vaccination) if possible.
The vaccinations are carried out by medical professionals.
The "Open Vaccination Consultation Hour" takes place in the Corona Diagnostic Center of the Siegen-Wittgenstein District in the immediate vicinity of the District House. Address: Ziegelwerkstraße 30, 57072 Siegen.
Info on dates can be found here: https://www.siegen-wittgenstein.de/Startseite/Impfzentrum-Kreis-Siegen-Wittgenstein.php?object=tx,3415.447.1
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How do I reach the vaccination hotline?
The Siegen-Wittgenstein district administration has set up its own hotline for questions about Corona vaccinations. This will continue to exist even after the vaccination center is closed.
Hotline: 0271 333-2171 and 0271 333-2172
Availability: Mondays to Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Information on the info phone can be given in the following languages: German / English / Turkish / Polish / Russian / Spanish / French / Berbian.
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How do I get a digital vaccination certificate?
The digital proof of vaccination is an additional way to document Corona vaccinations, in addition to the vaccination certificate and passport. Vaccinated individuals can use it to digitally store information such as vaccination date and vaccine on their smartphones - either in the CovPass app or the Corona Alert app.
The digital immunization record is a voluntary and complementary service. If vaccinated individuals do not have a digital proof of vaccination or have lost it, proof of vaccination within Germany is still possible and valid via the vaccination passport or vaccination certificate.
Information on the digital proof of vaccination can be found here:
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.
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.