03/25/2020

Coronavirus: Current Information

The Executive Board would like to provide you with an overview of current information on novel coronavirus, actions to take regarding the respiratory illness it causes (Covid-19), and precautions and policies in effect or which may be instituted at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in the future.

Emergency staffing measures

To contribute to the efforts to slow down the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and its facilities will be instituting emergency staffing measures from 19 March onwards. These measures will remain in place until 19 April 2020.

Emergency staffing measures will nevertheless ensure that all necessary infrastructure, laboratory operations and essential research test procedures continue to run smoothly. The time period until 19 March 2020 will be used to prepare each facility and staff unit for these measures.

Staff members are only permitted to remain on campus if their presence is essential for operations. At the same time, all external and internal events and public gatherings of people, regardless of the number of participants or whether they will occur indoors or out, are hereby cancelled. Continue to follow the recommended hygiene precautions of the Robert Koch Institute and World Health Organization.

“We do not see room to exercise our own discretion here,” said President Dr Oliver Locker-Grütjen. “We would like you to know that this decision was not easy to make. But due to the increasingly dramatic situation and new government decrees, we decided on the course of action that most protected the health of our students, staff and people they congregate with. Rhine-Waal University will work hard to reduce both the inconvenience and the disadvantages to students caused by this decision. Our goal is to ensure that you are able to continue your studies with as little interruption as possible,” stressed President Locker-Grütjen.

The FAQ you can find here.

Task force Corona

The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences has set up an internal task force for coronavirus to observe the situation and react quickly to any new developments. This task force will meet several times a week in order to quickly react to any new developments to the coronavirus situation. It will also be in contact with experts from the faculties, central facilities for advice as needed and the public health services. There is also a close coordination with other Universities of North Rhine-Westphalia.

As part of ongoing efforts to stop the continued spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the NRW Ministry of Science and Education decided yesterday to delay the start of the summer semester lecture period until 20 April 2020.

Summer Semester

As part of ongoing efforts to stop the continued spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the NRW Ministry of Science and Education decided yesterday to delay the start of the summer semester lecture period until 20 April 2020.

The Executive Board of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences welcomes this decision and will begin planning for the new semester together with the faculties and central staff units over the coming days and weeks. An immediate consequence of this decision is that all courses scheduled for before the lecture period (workshops or block seminars, for example) must be cancelled. More information on the possible effects of this decision on examinations, internships, semesters abroad etc. will follow as soon as possible.

Events

Until July 17, 2020 all events organised by or with Rhine-Waal University have been cancelled. This decision affects the following events:

  • Career Days
  • DenkWerkStadt
  • Girls' and Boys' Day
  • Gasthörerschaft
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Lange Nacht der Studienberatung
  • Offenes Klimahaus
  • Schnupperstudium
  • Studierende treffen Wirtschaft
  • Tag der offenen Tür
  • Freshers' Day
  • Lange Nacht der Hausarbeiten 

Hygiene

The first step taken by this task force was to increase awareness of effective personal hygiene to reduce the spread of viruses. This lead to the posting of info signs and hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the university.

At the same time, the University of Applied Sciences strongly recommend that you practice these simple hygiene precautions, which can help prevent the spread of viruses to yourself and others:

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, ears, nose and mouth
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, never your hands
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Keep a distance of approx. 1 m from others
  • If you are feeling ill, do not leave your home and avoid contact with others, including family and flatmates. Avoid eating with others in your household and keep to separate rooms as much as possible. Ventilate rooms thoroughly and often by fully opening your windows for a period of time.

Recommendations

The Executive Board of the The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences recommends to all members of the university that they closely follow the current information, travel and safety advice and monitor the situation.

  • The Federal Foreign Office provides travel and safety advice (German only).
  • The Federal Ministry of Health provides information (in German only).
  • The Robert Koch Institute provides current information (in German only) and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).
  • The Federal Centre for Health Education provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the novel Coronavirus.
  • Current information about the coronavirus can be found on the site of the Kreis Kleve (you can find it here) and in the current press release. (in German only)
  • Current information about Kreis Wesel can be found here. (in German only)
  • Current information about Stadt Kleve can be found here. (in German only)
  • Current information about Stadt Kamp-Lintfort can be found here. (in German only)

Further information from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Robert Koch Institute can be found in the download area.

Special information offer by the library 

A comprehensive overview of current corona research can be found on the pages of the library

General information       

The university continues to refer to the recommendations and assessments of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the health ministries regarding the handling of the coronavirus: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebie...

  • Asymptomatic persons who have not been in a high-risk area in Germany or abroad (as defined by the RKI) within the past 14 days nor in contact with a person confirmed to have covid-19 are considered healthy and not at risk.
  • Symptomless persons who were recently in a high-risk area in Germany or abroad (RKI) and/or in contact with a person confirmed to have covid-19 should contact their local public health services and, as a precaution, remain home to limit contact with other persons for a period of 14 days (from the date of arrival in Germany or date of contact with the infected persons).

Public health services for Kleve county can be reached at 02821-85-311, Mondays to Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. (see also: https://www.kreis-kleve.de/de/fachbereich5/coronavirus/).

Public health services for Wesel county / Kamp-Lintfort can be reached at 0281-207-0 (see also: https://www.kreis-wesel.de/de/dienstleistungen/infektionskrankheiten-mel...)

  • Any person who is currently exhibiting flu-like symptoms or has been in close proximity with any infected persons should remain at home and contact their doctor. Please call your doctor’s office and speak to staff first—do not simply visit during consultation hours.

Finally, a word regarding “fake news”: rumours and speculation surrounding coronavirus are quick to spread. Please approach everything you see or hear with a level head and a critical eye. Get your information from the experts directly, for example the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019. Do not treat any people or groups with suspicion. There is no cause for special safety precautions when speaking with people from affected areas, nor to make any demands of them. Current risk assessments of German health agencies are clear that there is no need for panic or unconventional measures among the public.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding coronavirus, please contact us at: corona@hochschule-rhein-waal.de.

Further information are regularly published on the university's homepage.

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