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What to do...

If you have Covid-19-like symptoms like e.g. cough, sore throat, rhinitis, fever, loss of smell/taste, diarrhoea, or have been tested positive for Covid-19 please follow the steps indicated in the workflow.

Please note:

For all employees working in the CECAD Research Center - independent of their affiliation …

  • The person management/infection control center of the University Hospital is responsible to treat a suspect or positive case of Covid-19
  • You can get tested by the infection control center of the University Hospital (Haus 16), see Corona Webtool

If you are not sure if you are infected

  • We recommend to get tested at Haus 16 - results are in general provided within one day!
  • Please do not come to work till you received the negative test result and keep your superior updated. 

Regulations for returning travellers in accordance with the current Corona Entry Regulation

If employees of CECAD - regardless of whether they are employed at the University or University Hospital - return after a stay in a country designated as a risk area by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the contact person management (KPM team) must always be contacted via the information hotline telephone 0221-478-81315 or by e-mail (kpm-covid19@uk-koeln.de) as well as the respective health office.  
All employees must observe the current entry regulations, in particular the Corona Entry Regulation of the State of NRW and the Coronavirus Protection Regulation of the Federal Government.
For employees returning to NRW from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and from South Africa, the following applies, among other things:

•    You must go into quarantine.
•    Employees must be tested for SARS-CoV2 (PCR-based) 48 hours prior to entry or upon entry and submit a negative test result to the competent health authority within 48 hours of entry. The test is to be financed by the employee. Regardless of the test result, quarantine must be maintained.
•    Five days after entry, another test has to be carried out. This test is also to be financed by the employee.
•    If a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result (PCR-based) is available after the second test, then the employees may resume work in the UKK under the following conditions:
•    Daily symptom and smear checks until day 10 after return from travel, and wearing the FFP2 mask while working. The smear checks from day 6 to day 10 must be carried out at the Infection Protection Centre of the University Hospital Cologne, the costs have to be paid by the employee.
•    If employees do not have a smear test after day 5, they must be quarantined for 10 days and then present a negative SARS-CoV2 test before starting work. If this test has not been ordered by the health department in individual cases, the employer bears the costs.
•    Further obligations and information in the above-mentioned regulations must be observed.

The following requirements, among others, apply to all travelers employed at CECAD returning from countries other than the above-mentioned countries designated as risk areas by the RKI:

•    Employees must go into quarantine if they do not undergo testing for SARS-CoV2 (PCR-based) no more than 48 hours before entry or immediately after entry. The test has to be financed by the employee.
•    A negative SARS-CoV-2 smear test (PCR test, AG test not permitted) must be available before starting work and should not be older than 48 hours. If this period between the entry test and the start of work is not met (e.g. due to further holidays at home), a further test is required. This test has to be carried out at the Infection Protection Centre (ISZ) of the University Hospital Cologne in house 16, the costs have to be covered by the employee.
•    The employee must write a symptom diary for 10 days after returning from travel and has to get tested at the ISZ on day 5, day 7, and day 10, the costs have to be paid by the employee.
•    Further obligations and information in the above-mentioned regulations must be observed.

If symptoms occur in the meantime, employees must not go to work or must leave immediately. The KPM team of the University Hospital Cologne must be informed and the employee should immediately have a smear test for SARS-CoV-2 carried out at the Infection Protection Centre.

 

  • Reduce internal meetings to a minimum 
    The current corona situation requires stricter contact rules again, also at the University Hospital Cologne. Internal meetings, discussions and meetings are - as far as possible - to be held in online format. Employees should avoid face-to-face meetings whenever possible, this includes also having lunch together.
  • At CECAD only the following rooms can be used for meetings. Please reserve them in advance! The maximum number of people allowed must be taken into account

Lecture hall (maximum of 9 people),

Seminar room 1.034 (maximum of 6 people),

Small seminar rooms EG.040 & EG.039 or EG.038 & EG.037 (maximum of 3 people)

  • You must document essential information including names of attendees to enable contact tracing when necessary 
  • Max. 2 external participants are allowed at the same time.

Procedure:

  1. In Advance: Book room through the CECAD booking system and inform Office (mail to maria.vilgertshofer@uk-koeln.de)
  2. Please monitor the meeting with “meeting/visitors’ sheet” and leave a copy for the Central Office c/o Maria Vilgertshofer at the entrance or CECAD’s letter box (outside of the building, left side of the main entrance). This meeting information sheet is available here
  3. Safety and hygiene rules have to be strictly followed

    External visitors

    • External visitors are not allowed with the following exceptions:

    - Safety measures in the CECAD building (organized by medfacilities)

    - Technical repairs in the facilities or labs (organized individually)

    - Job interviews

    - Master students (for their lab working period)

    - Guest scientists (if they work at CECAD for a limited time period)

    • Max. 2 external visitors are allowed at the same time.
    • Please make also sure to collect all dates when guests are in the CECAD building.
      Use the meetings/visitors sheet available here

    For all other visitors, permission must be granted by CECAD Leadership. Please send request to sgrandel@uni-koeln.de

    Procedure

    1. Please inform the entrance at least 2-3 days in advance
    2. In Advance if applicable: Book room through the CECAD booking system and inform Office (mail to maria.vilgertshofer@uk-koeln.de)
    3. Pick up the visitor(s) at the CECAD entrance and walk him/her out when work/meeting is finished
    4. Use the “meeting/visitors’ sheet” to document visit and leave a copy for the Central Office c/o Maria Vilgertshofer at the entrance or CECAD’s letter box (outside of the building, left side of the main entrance). This meeting information sheet is available here
    5. Safety and hygiene rules have to be strictly followed!

    General work safety

    Reminder! - All persons active at the University are obliged to observe the general hygiene rules

    • If you have any sign of acold, fever, chills, cough, running nose, headache, flu-like symptoms you need to stay at home and inform your PI/lab-head
    • Wear a mouth-nose-cover at all times when on the UoC and UKK campus and in the building
    • Please keep always a minimum distance of at least 1.5 m to other people
    • All rooms must be ventilated regularly and sufficiently by the users
    • Do home office whenever possible, only come to CECAD when required to do practical work

    Working at CECAD in offices, workshops and labs

    Rules for number of people per room

    • In CECAD laboratory space, there is no longer a limit on the number of people, provided that the minimumdistance of 1.5 meters is maintained and the labs have enough airflow to work safely, which is the case for the CECAD Research Center.  Please organise processes and work flow accordingly, to enable people to keep this minimal distance requirements. The Medical Faculty recommends to provide a space of at least 7 m2/person in labs.
    • In office space/writing areas, an area of at least 12.5 m2 must be available for each person. In addition, the minimum distance must be guaranteed. If the room is permanently used by more than one person, the distance between work desks/places should be greater than the minimum distance
    • The presence of people in shared lab/office/seminar rooms etc. should be documented at all times. Install shifts where ever possible to enable hygiene rules and efficient work flows

    We recommend that each floor installs a general hygiene plan that guarantees that in common rooms (cell culture, -80 rooms etc.) distance and number of people present are according to the above rules. Please document contacts when you share common rooms!

     

    Working in laboratories - Mouth-nose covers

    According to supplementary Corona risk assessment by UoC (version 22.5.2020)1

    NEW: “If the responsible working group leader estimates the risk of infection wearing no mouth-nose protection higher than the risk of infection by the hazardous substances actually used, suitable2 mouth-nose covers can also be worn in S1/S2 laboratories. This was the case according to the previous hazard assessment and has not changed with the current, revised Corona specific template.” 3
    (See also updated version of Corona risk assessment by UOC as at 08.10.2020).

    The CECAD management thus recommends to work with one-way masks or suitable mouth-nose covers3 in the S1/S2 labs. Please leave these masks in the S1/S2 labs and use a different mask/cover in all other non-S1/S2 areas of the CECAD building.

     

    Supplements:
    1 The Corona specific Hazard assessment developed by the accident insurance has provided and continues to provide as standard measure not to wear a mouth-nose protection for laboratory activities which involve working with hazardous substances, bio-substances, genetic engineering and radioactivity, as care must be taken to ensure that the protective measures against the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 do not conflict with other necessary and customary protective measures. This standard measure is valid provided that the minimum distance is maintained, the rooms are technically ventilated and that the possibility of exposure to hazardous substances is avoided. The risk assessment template does not differentiate with regard to the hazardous substances and quantities actually present in the laboratory or the way in which they are handled.
    2 Cotton content > 30%, no tubular scarves/towels (addition: this is valid for those masks, which have been provided by CECAD to its employees).
    3 This does not take into account possible specifications from the BioStoffV or genetic engineering law, which may stipulate the wearing of disposable articles (surgical masks) to protect against smear infections.

     

    Supplementary Corona Risk Assessment  

    Regulations apply according to the affiliation of the CECAD working groups. Supplementary Corona risk assessment must be carried out for all workplaces.

     

    University / Faculty of Natural Sciences

    University Hospital / Med. Faculty

    Work safety/risk assessment for laboratories

    see Staff Unit 02.2

     

    see staff unit work safety

    Office work

     
    • Superior has to prepare 2 documents (see CECAD website):
      Information on work attendance;
      Supplementary “Corona Risk Assessment” for office work
     
    • Superior sends these documents to:
      mnf-praesenzarbeit[at]uni-koeln.de
      Please note that this address will only be used to collect this data and not for further communication!
     

     

    •  Working in laboratories - Mouth-nose covers 

    According to supplementary Corona risk assessment by UoC (version 22.5.2020)1

    NEW: “If the responsible working group leader estimates the risk of infection wearing no mouth-nose protection higher than the risk of infection by the hazardous substances actually used, suitable2 mouth-nose covers can also be worn in S1/S2 laboratories. This was the case according to the previous hazard assessment and has not changed with the current, revised Corona specific template.” 3

    (See also updated version of Corona risk assessment by UoC as at 08.10.2020).

    The CECAD management thus recommends to work with one-way masks or suitable mouth-nose covers3 in the S1/S2 labs. Please leave these masks in the S1/S2 labs and use a different mask/cover in all other non-S1/S2 areas of the CECAD building.

    Supplements:

    1 The Corona specific Hazard assessment developed by the accident insurance has provided and continues to provide as standard measure not to wear a mouth-nose protection for laboratory activities which involve working with hazardous substances, bio-substances, genetic engineering and radioactivity, as care must be taken to ensure that the protective measures against the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 do not conflict with other necessary and customary protective measures. This standard measure is valid provided that the minimum distance is maintained, the rooms are technically ventilated and that the possibility of exposure to hazardous substances is avoided. The risk assessment template does not differentiate with regard to the hazardous substances and quantities actually present in the laboratory or the way in which they are handled.

    2 Cotton content > 30%, no tubular scarves/towels (addition: this is valid for those masks, which have been provided by CECAD to its employees).

    3 This does not take into account possible specifications from the BioStoffV or genetic engineering law, which may stipulate the wearing of disposable articles (surgical masks) to protect against smear infections.

    Business trips

    Regulations and approval of business trips apply according to the affiliation of the CECAD work groups

    Please always check the current state of travel regulations on the website of the University/Medical Faculty, as they may change very fast!

    University / Faculty of Natural Sciences

    University Hospital / Med. Faculty

    general link

    general link

    as at 1.10.2020 – 31.03.2021
    according to § 17 Hygiene and Protection Directive by the Rectorate of the University of Cologne

     

    1. Business trips and excursions within Germany are subject to authorization.
    2. Business trips abroad are not being authorized at present. Exceptions are only possible in individual cases after an unavoidable necessity has been demonstrated, and if the destination is not a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute upon departure.  

     

    Applications must always be submitted to the dean via the responsible supervisor, to the responsible manager of the central institutions, or to the Chancellor in the central administration.

     

    as at 25.8.2020

    Until further notice, please refrain, if at all possible, from business trips and participation in events.

     

    as at 19.6.2020

    Applications for business trips can be submitted via the regular ways.

     

    Please note:

    • If you are not sure whether you are infected, we recommend to get tested at Haus 16 - results are usually provided within one day!
    • Please do not come to work till you received the test result and keep your superior informed
    • Please also find the necessary steps to be taken in this workflow

    Latest Messages

    Dear CECAD members,

    We wish all of you a healthy, happy and successful new year with promising perspectives thanks to the vaccines that are now available! Until we get back to normal we ask for your continued support in keeping CECAD a safe place to work!

    Unfortunately, the shutdown situation has not eased at the beginning of the new year.  As you might have already heard from the news, the state-wide shutdown has been extended until January 31st. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has amended the Corona Protection Regulation and the Corona Entry Regulation. Many measures have already been implemented at the University of Cologne and the University Hospital. Detailed information to the following issues are summarized in the attached document.

    • Regulations for returning travellers
    • Reduction of internal meetings to minimize contacts
    • Closure of university buildings (main building, Wiso) to the public
    • Support for parents
    • Teaching regulations as of January 11th

    Up-to-date versions of the CoronaSchVO and CoronaEinrVO are provided at:
    https://www.land.nrw/corona

    Further information is provided under:
    https://www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/about/covid-19-measures-at-cecad/
    https://intranet.uk-koeln.de/newsblog
    https://portal.uni-koeln.de/coronavirus

    Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions under: cecad-questions[at]uni-koeln.de

    Thank you very much for your continuous support also in 2021 to keep the CECAD Research Center a safe place.

    Very best wishes,
    Thorsten Hoppe & Carien Niessen

    Dear CECAD members,

    Please find our weekly summary/updates on Sars-COV-2 on behalf of the University, the University Clinic, and the CECAD Research Center:

    UPDATES

    What to do if you receive a red warning via the official Corona-Warning-App?
    If you receive a red warning from the official Corona Warning App, and

    –     you do not remember risk contacts and you have no symptoms:
    A test should be carried out at the Infection Protection Center (ISZ). After the test, you can continue to work even without a test result. Monitor your symptoms daily during the next 14 days. If symptoms occur, immediately refrain from coming to the institute and self-quarantine. A new test in the ISZ must also be done immediately. If this test result is negative, work can be resumed, as soon as you are free of symptoms.

    –     a risk contact is known or disease symptoms are present:
    Please contact the contact person management immediately (0221 478-81315 or kpm-covid19[at]uk-koeln.de) and follow their instructions. Do not come to work!

    Recommendations for apps free of charge, which help to keep records of contacts
    https://clustertagebuch.info/de (Cluster Diary, Corona specific)https://luca-app.de/

    SARS-CoV-2 tests at the Infection Protection Center (IPC)
    Please be reminded that you have to register via the Webtool BEFORE you go to the IPC for a SARS-CoV-2 test. Please also be reminded to get registered if you are tested regularly.
    Link: https://www.uk-koeln.de/patienten-besucher/coronavirus/corona-webtool/

    Research projects, clinical studies with patients and/or test persons (7.12.2020; UKK management board / Dean of Med. Faculty)
    Research projects, clinical studies with patients and/or test persons etc. can only be carried out if the necessary hygiene and distance requirements are observed. Before new projects can be started a hygiene concept has to be developed which has to be coordinated and approved by the hospital hygiene department.

    Further information is provided under:
    https://www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/about/covid-19-measures-at-cecad/
    https://intranet.uk-koeln.de/newsblog
    https://portal.uni-koeln.de/coronavirus

    Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions under: cecad-questions[at]uni-koeln.de

    Thank you very much for your continuous support in keeping the CECAD Research Center a safe place.

    Very best wishes,
    Thorsten Hoppe & Carien Niessen

    Traveling abroad during X-mas time – which quarantine regulations do apply?
    Unfortunately, there are still no clear novel updated rules by the the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Therefore, the crisis teams of the University and of the University Hospital cannot adjust the current house ban and quarantine regulations, and the old rules remain in place. As soon as the legal basis is updated by NRW, the crisis teams will update the regulations, and we will inform you as soon as possible.
    For your potential individual travel planning for the Christmas holidays, you therefore still need to take the current valid regulations into account, i.e. you will be allowed to return to your workplace at CECAD at the earliest 10 days after your return to Germany, and only with a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result after these 10 days.

    What to do when you come back to Germany?
    All employees of the UKK and UzK working at the CECAD Research Centre who enter Germany from an international SARS-CoV-2 risk area as defined by the Robert Koch Institute must report to the contact person management (KPM) team immediately after their return. The KPM discusses the further procedure with the employees based on current valid applicable regulations and legal requirements.
    Person who works at CECAD was tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Wednesday, Dec 2
    This person directly followed all the correct procedures necessary when being notified.
    Meanwhile all potential contact people have been identified and in close consultation with the contact person management of the UKK, all appropriate measures have been taken to minimize the risk of any further viral distribution within the CECAD building. 

    As was again emphasized by the leadership of the infection protection center, it is essential that people wear masks when other people are in the same room, keep the personal distance, and limit the number of people per room, as that is the best protection against spreading the infection.
    In addition, we strongly advise that people do not have lunch together in the common rooms as it requires taking of masks. When someone is tested positive who you have lunch with, you will be told to go in quarantine regardless if your first test is negative.

    A brief reminder what to do if a person is tested positive for SARS-CoV-2:

    1.    Stay at home

    2.    Immediately inform your superior

    3.    Inform the contact person management team:
    Phone 0221 478-81315 or via E-Mail: kpm-covid19[at]uk-koeln.de
    (Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 13:00)
    As the line is very busy, you can send them an email.

    4.    Collect information about your contacts at work

    5.    Please provide the following information:

    -        name and phone number of the infected person

    -       names and phone numbers of contact persons, which had face-to-face contact of 10-15 minutes and/or closer than 1.5-2 meters with the infected person, if possible, please differentiate these contacts according to:
    o  no masks (e.g. while eating together)
    o  only one person did wear a mask
    o  both persons did wear masks

    And please be very honest about who you meet and saw, as this information is the best way to assure that there is no spreading of the virus within the CECAD community.

    Further information is provided under:
    https://www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/about/covid-19-measures-at-cecad/
    https://intranet.uk-koeln.de/newsblog
    https://portal.uni-koeln.de/coronavirus

    Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions under: cecad-questions[at]uni-koeln.de

    On behalf of CECAD, we do wish our SARS-CoV-2-positivestaff member a very speedy recovery.
    Thank you very much for your continuous support in keeping the CECAD Research Center a safe place.
    Have a nice 2nd advent and don’t forget to find out, who is behind the mask in our calendar (https://intranet.cecad.uni-koeln.de/news/seasons-greetings-calendar-quiz).

    Very best wishes,
    Thorsten Hoppe & Carien Niessen

    Dear CECAD members,
    Please find our weekly summary/updates on Sars-COV-2 on behalf of the University, the University Clinic, and the CECAD Research Center:

    NEWS

    Traveling abroad during X-mas time – what quarantine regulations do apply?
    We received several questions about quarantine regulations coming back from risk areas abroad valid around the X-mas / new year season since many foreign CECAD employees would like to visit their families abroad. In addition, the Higher Administrative Court of Münster suspended last Friday key elements of the current Corona entry regulation for North Rhine-Westphalia. How these new developments impact on the current rules for quarantine and risk areas is not clear yet. We are in touch with both the crisis management group of the University Hospital and the University, and as soon as we have answers we will inform you accordingly. Until then the old rules stay in place.
       
    From the University Hospital (20.11.2020)

    Cancelled Rose Monday 2021 becomes free THANK YOU Monday  
    Since Carnival is cancelled due to the Corona pandemic, Rose Monday (February 15 2021) will not be a free customary holiday. However, as a thank you to the many hospital employees for all extra their efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic in keeping patient care at a high level, the Board of Directors of the University Hospital of Cologne has recently decided that Rose Monday 2021 will be transformed into a "Thank You" Monday and is a a day off for the employees of the University Hospital of Cologne. We so far have no information if this is also valid for employees of the University but will keep you updated.  

    Further information is provided under:
    www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/about/covid-19-measures-at-cecad/
    intranet.uk-koeln.de/newsblog
    portal.uni-koeln.de/coronavirus
    Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions under: cecad-questions@uni-koeln.de
    Thank you very much for your continuous support in keeping the CECAD Research Center a safe place.
     
    Very best wishes,
    Thorsten Hoppe & Carien Niessen

    Dear CECAD members,

    Please find our weekly summary/updates on COV-2 on behalf of the University, the University Clinic and CECAD Research Center:

    General information:
    Information about continuation of payment during quarantine and what to do if a person, living in your household, has been tested positive for CoV-2 or was in contact with a person tested positive for CoV-2 (UKK, 11.11.2020)
    The Human Resources Division has complemented and updated the existing FAQs on the intranet. The main points are summarized below (see also the CECAD website).

    • A first-degree contact person lives in the same household as you and is in corona quarantine: If this person has not tested positive and has no symptoms you are allowed to work (provided you also have no symptoms), as you are considered a 2ndgrade contact person.
    • A person living in the same household has been tested SARS CoV-2 positive: In this case, you are a first-degree contact person, you have to stay in quarantine and are not allowed to work without a negative test result. Please follow the instructions of the KPM team.
    • If you feel ill or have been tested positive for CoV-2: Please contact the KPM team and follow their instructions. Do inform you superior.
    • In case of 1st or 2nd degree contact or if you have been tested positive for CoV-2 please inform the KPM team of the University Hospital immediately.
      Contact Person Management (KPM).  Phone: 0221 478-81315, E-Mail kpm-covid19[at]uk-koeln.de (Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:00 Uhr and Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 Uhr)

    Further information is provided under:
    https://www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/about/covid-19-measures-at-cecad/
    https://intranet.uk-koeln.de/newsblog
    https://portal.uni-koeln.de/coronavirus

    Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions under: cecad-questions[at]uni-koeln.de

    Thank you very much for your continuous support in keeping the CECAD Research Center a safe place.

    Very best wishes,
    Thorsten Hoppe & Carien Niessen

    Dear CECAD members,

    Here our weekly summary/updates on COV-2 on behalf of the University, the University Clinic and CECAD:

    NEW:

    Information on how to deal with red warnings by the official Corona Warning App (6.11.2020)

    If you receive a red warning from the official Corona warning app, and

    • you have Covid-like symptoms or a risk contact is known:  Contact the contact person management immediately (0221 478-81315 or kpm-covid19[at]uk-koeln.de), get tested and follow instructions in terms of quarantine.
    • you have no Covid-like symptoms: Get tested at the Infection Control Centre (ISZ). After the test, you can continue to work without a test result. In the following 14 days, you must carry out a daily symptom check yourself. If symptoms occur during the 14 days, work must be stopped right away, a new test must be carried out at the ISZ immediately, and go into quarantine. Only if the test result is negative, work can be resumed.

    SARS-CoV-2 testing at the Infection Control Centre

    Testing for SARS-CoV-2 for CECAD employees continues to be carried out exclusively at the Infection Prevention Centre (ISZ).

    • The ISZ is therefore now also open exclusively for employees on Saturdays from 09:00 to 12:00.
    • On weekdays, an acute consultation hour (09:00 to 11:00) has now also been set up where employees can have themselves tested at short notice and without an appointment.
    • From 11:00 a.m., regular appointments can be made via the Corona web tool.
    • Symptomatic children of employees can also be tested at any time from now on

    With the new version 2.0 of the Corona web tool, which has now been launched, all patients of the Infection Control Centre now receive their negative findings even faster, reliably and in accordance with data protection regulations automatically as SMS. In the next step, positive test results will also be transmitted much faster in this way.

    An English translation of the Corona Webtool is attached. Thanks to Silke Röpke for the translation!

    To bear in mind:

    Protection and hygiene rules in the Uniclinic cafeteria & Cafe Oliveri must be strictly observed

    • The Café Oliveri in the CECAD building will only offer to-go service from 3.11. until further notice. Please stick to the distance and hygiene rules while standing in the queue!
    • Employees are requested to keep the necessary distance of 1.5 to 2 metres in the cafeteria and the coffee bar Baristo of the University Hospital Cologne. This applies in particular to seating arrangements at the tables and in the coffee bar queues. The security service will check the rules of distance and hygiene and is authorised to expel persons from the cafeteria, if they act against these rules. If these rules are not strictly followed, the cafeteria will have to be closed.

    Further information is provided under:

    https://www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/about/covid-19-measures-at-cecad/

    https://intranet.uk-koeln.de/newsblog

    https://portal.uni-koeln.de/coronavirus

    Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions under: cecad-questions[at]uni-koeln.de

    Thank you very much for your continuous support in keeping the CECAD Research Center a safe place.

    Very best wishes,

    Thorsten Hoppe & Carien Niessen

    Dear CECAD members,

    Here our weekly summary/updates on COV-2 on behalf of the University, the University Clinic and CECAD:

    UoC announcement from Friday October 30
    The University of Cologne will actively support the measures now adopted by the Federal Government and the Länder for the absolutely necessary containment of the again exponentially spreading infections with the corona virus.
    Information about corresponding measures taken by the University of Cologne and/or the University Hospital are summarized below:

    NEW:
    Until the end of November

    - teaching should - whenever possible - only be carried out digitally. Excluded are examinations and internships
       that require physical presence,
    - research and administrative work will be maintained. If possible, this should be carried out from home,
    - borrowing of materials/books in University libraries will still be possible. However, study desks within the libraries
      are at present not available.
    All these temporary measures are aimed at slowing down the exponentially developing infection process.  In the coming weeks, therefore, containment of the pandemic will depend on the known protective measures being implemented even more consistently and personal contacts being reduced to a minimum.

    UKK announcement of Friday October 30: For employees of the UKK:
    From 27.10.2020 and until further notice all business trips are prohibited. This also includes business trips that have already been authorised.
    In justified and urgently required cases, an exemption is possible after written application. Further information can be found here

    To bear in mind:

    The task of the Contact Person Management (KPM) of the University Hospital is to identify, register and supervise the contact persons involved for each individual case of infection at Cologne University Hospital and CECAD in order to prevent the corona virus from spreading among employees

    How do I contact the KPM?
    Please use the information hotline. The KPM employees who can be reached there will answer questions from employees regarding their jobs and assess whether an employee is suspected of having the corona virus and whether a presentation at the infection control centre is necessary. Employees who have had a private or professional risk contact are asked to contact KPM proactively in any case.
    Phone -81315, e-mail kpm-covid19[at]uk-koeln.de
    Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
     
    The KPM asks all employees who are requested by the health authorities to submit a list of their contact persons due to infection with the corona virus to include only their private contacts on this list. All contacts made in the course of professional activity for Cologne University Hospital or one of its subsidiaries are first checked by the KPM for the risk of infection and then forwarded by the KPM to the Health Department.

    Further information is provided under:
    https://www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/about/covid-19-measures-at-cecad/
    https://intranet.uk-koeln.de/newsblog
    https://portal.uni-koeln.de/coronavirus

    Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions under: cecad-questions[at]uni-koeln.de
    Thank you very much for your continuous support in keeping the CECAD Research Center a safe place.

    Very best wishes,
    Thorsten Hoppe & Carien Niessen

    Dear CECAD members,

    Since the city of Cologne exceeded the limit of 50 in the so-called incidence value on the weekend (10-11 October 2020), a number of additional protective measures have been in place.  Those, which also affect the University of Cologne and further measures recently applied by the University Hospital are summarized here:

    NEW

    • No more than five people may meet in public places. This affects, among other things, e.g. first-semester events. Please plan according to the new regulations.
    • With immediate effect, it is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose (e.g. everyday masks, scarf, cloth – MNC) for all university events. The right for lecturers to take off their MNC during classroom teaching is suspended until further notice.
    • For University events: Entries into contact lists must be checked for plausibility in the future.   

    To bear in remembrance:

    • Working on campus is still permitted to the extent that it is required for official purposes. Home office is the norm.
    • Please note: The University Hospital changed with immediate effect its regulation to all events.  HOWEVER, this does not affect the general CECAD regulations for meetings and external visitors already valid (see CECAD website)
      ONLY events/meetings which are necessary to maintain internal operations and which cannot be sensibly conducted in online format are to be held as a face-to-face meeting.
      For these events/meetings, the known guidelines apply
      (keep a minimum distance of 1.50 m whenever possible, compulsory wearing of a medical mouth and nose protection, fill in the contact tracing sheet).
      All other events must be carried out in online format or cancelled!
    • All people who meet on campus of the University Hospital and University - but also in the associated outdoor areas – please adhere to the familiar hygiene measures. This includes the obligation to wear a mouth-and-nose cover also to streets near the University, such as e.g. Dürener Strasse, Kerpener Str., etc.
    • If symptoms of illness are related to a coronavirus infection, please inform your supervisor and either stop working or not start at all. A SARS-CoV-2 test should then be carried out in the infection protection centre of the University Hospital. Work can be resumed as soon as a negative test result is obtained and the symptoms allow it. In the event of a positive test result, the contact person management will contact the affected employees within 24 hours and take over the follow-up of the contacts. Information about how to get tested is provided on the CECAD website.
    • It is once again urgently recommended that participation in any form of external events (e.g. congresses, training courses, meetings, etc.) should be critically reviewed and limited to what is absolutely necessary.

    Further information is provided under:
    https://www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/about/covid-19-measures-at-cecad/
    https://intranet.uk-koeln.de/newsblog
    https://portal.uni-koeln.de/coronavirus

    Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions under: cecad-questions[at]uni-koeln.de

    Thank you very much for your continuous support in keeping the CECAD Research Center a safe place.

    Very best wishes,
    Thorsten Hoppe & Carien Niessen

    Directive on Hygiene and Protection Measures

    to Maintain the University’s Operations under Conditions of Coronavirus in the Winter Semester 2020/2021

    UoC: Hygiene and Protection Directive (EN)
    UoC: Corona-Hygienekonzept (DE)

    Contacts & Help