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FAQs about the coronavirus

The current situation at the University
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On this page you will find general information about the corona situation at the University of Jena as well as answers to frequently asked questions that are of general interest. You can access the FAQ pages for individual target groups via the navigation in the header and at the bottom of this page.

Corona Update 16.04.2021

The 2021 summer semester  will have to start largely online on 12 April. Classroom lectures are suspended. Face-to-face teaching will only be provided for courses with practical components, i.e., practical courses in the laboratory and using equipment, practical sports exercises, medically indicated supervision and any excursions and field trips under compliance with the university's infection prevention concept [pdf, 3 mb] de.
All the current rules and measures will remain in force until at least 16 May 2021. The situation will be reviewed at the beginning of May and it will be assessed whether a switch to hybrid teaching is possible.

Currently stage 2 of the infection protection concept applies: restricted (on-site) operation with increased infection protection.

You can find more regularly updated information on the university blog.

Are your questions still not answered? Then write to: presse@uni-jena.de.

FAQs about Corona infections

1. Where can I find information on the current coronavirus situation in Jena? Show content

In case of questions regarding the current situation in Jena, the number of cases, general rulings, as well as advisory and information services provided by the City of Jena, please visit https://gesundheit.jena.de/en/coronavirus.

For up-to-date information on the situation at the University, please see this overview of FAQs and visit our blog.

2. What do I have to consider if I return to Jena from a risk area? Show content

For those returning from a corona risk area abroad there is an obligation to register. Before arriving in Germany, travellers must register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry proof of registration with them on entry. Those entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days prior to entry are also obliged to enter a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry. After five days of quarantine at the earliest, travellers can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute for up-to-date information on further regulations and exceptions.

If you return to Jena from a risk area, you are obliged to immediately report to the Public Health Department by phone at +49 3641 49 2222 or online at https://gesundheit.jena.de/webform/corona2. In addition, you must immediately self-isolate. If you show symptoms of illness, you must call the hotline +49 3641 49 3333 in addition to calling your general practitioner or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung). The designation of risk areas can be found at: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html.

Travellers from areas within Germany who report 7 days incidence per 100,000 of more than 50 do not need to be tested and are not required to undergo isolation.

For residents of Saxony who require proof of their employment outside of Saxony due to the Corona Protection Regulation there, the Thoska is regarded as a university service card. Employees who do not yet have a Thoska can obtain a card from the Thoska office de.

3. There is a suspected case of the coronavirus in my social circle. What should I do? Show content

Please wait and see whether the suspicion is confirmed by laboratory tests. If this is the case and you are considered to be a first-degree contact person, you will be informed by the responsible health authority.

4. I feel unwell and have symptoms of a cold. What should I do? Show content

If you have symptoms like fever, cough, headaches, sore throat, or limb pain, please call your general practitioner or the emergency service for patients with statutory health insurance at 116 117. They will discuss the further course of action with you and will let you know if testing for SARS-CoV-2 is indicated.

If you need to take sick leave, notify your superior as usual.

5. What should I do if I had contact with a person who has been tested positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2? Show content

If you have had contact with a person who has been proven to be positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, report this immediately to the public health department at corona@jena.de or +49 (0)3641 492222. Go into domestic quarantine until the public health department has made a decision. In the e-mail, please be sure to include your personal details and contact information, especially a telephone number. Please include "Contact to persons tested positive" in the subject line.

6. What should I do if a person in my household has been quarantined but there is still no test result? Show content

Family members or persons living in the household are not automatically quarantined. Please try to limit contact with these people or to separate from them. As far as no symptoms are present and no measures have been ordered by the public health department, the activity at the University of Jena can be continued.

Please follow these rules at all times: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering, use the coronavirus warning App and ensure sufficient ventilation of rooms.

7. What do I have to do if the Corona Warning App reports a risk contact? Show content

The "Increased risk" alert in the Corona Warning App only informs the user that there is an increased risk of infection due to the proximity and duration of a contact with a person who has reported a positive test result via the App, and recommends that the user contact their physician, the medical on-call service 116 117 or the health authority by telephone. The decision on a sick leave or the order of a home isolation (quarantine) is made by the treating physician or the responsible public health department based on their own assessment.

8. How can I contribute to preventing the spread of coronavirus infections in my working environment? Show content

Comply with the hygiene rules [pdf, 6 mb] de currently in force.

Take the following simple actions: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering, use the coronavirus warning App and ensure sufficient ventilation of rooms.

Avoid:

  • enclosed spaces with insufficient ventilation
  • gatherings of people
  • conversations with others without keeping distance

Wherever possible and appropriate, activities should be carried out in the home office with the approval of the employee's superiors.

9. Where can I find further information on the coronavirus? Show content
10. How can I help? Show content

The Corona pandemic has led to such an overload of work in some areas, especially in the social sector, that volunteers are needed. If you would like to volunteer, you can find opportunities worthy of support here (this list will be updated continuously).

1.) You can also register as a volunteer with the Corona Engagement Finder, so that institutions seeking help can become aware of you, or you can search there yourself for institutions that have registered a need: https://www.buergerstiftung-jena.de/corona-engagementfinder.html 

Enquiries to:
Heidi Scheller, Head of Volunteer Agency
Telephone: 03641 6392923
E-mail: scheller@buergerstiftung-jena.de 

2.) Medical students or people with previous medical training who would like to get involved can contact Karsten Krohn at the University Hospital Jena Krohn@med.uni-jena.de. He coordinates the assignments of these volunteers with medical training.

Important for student volunteers: In principle, they can take leave from their studies as a "pandemic-related special reason". All you need to do is submit a written agreement (contract, etc.) to the Student Service Centre.

11. The Corona pandemic is stressing me psychologically. Where can I find help? Show content

The current situation is not easy for anyone right now. Worries about health, financial difficulties or loneliness due to fewer social and physical contacts can be very stressful. The pastoral care of the Faculty of Theology therefore offers help and counselling. You can reach them Mo-Fr 4 to 6 p.m. under telephone +49 3641 942666 and furthermore via the contact form de or an email to: seelsorge@uni-jena.de. You will receive feedback and a personal contact in a timely manner.

Further information on help and advice can be found on the blog of the University of Jena.

12. Where can I get tested for Covid-19 in Jena? Show content

Synlab laboratory, Löbstedter Straße 93

The Synlab laboratory now offers corona tests. These are also prepared for mild symptoms. The costs are covered by the health insurance companies. Appointments will be given by the number of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians: +49 116 117.

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Sat - Son: 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Further walk-in rapid test centres have been set up in the Campus Foyer, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3 (from 10.04.),  F-Haus Jena (entrance Krautgasse), in Jena Lobeda Ost (Ernst-Schneller Straße 10), in the Noll-Garden (entrance at the passage from Oberlauengasse to Unterlauengasse), neue mitte Jena (Leutragraben 1) and Goethe Galerie (Goethestraße 3). These offer a free opportunity to perform rapid antigen tests.

An Addition is a drive-through at 'An der Ringwiese 2' in Jena-Winzerla. There you can take the test in your car.

The test centres are open on the following days and times: 

Campus-Foyer:

Daily, Mon (19.04.) - Fri (23.04) : 8 - 10 a.m.

Opening hours will be reviewed again at the end of the week and adjusted to demand if necessary.

Registration in advance will shorten the waiting time for everyone. Registrations for the test can be made online at www.schnelltest-jena.de/fsu. The registrant will then receive a reply email with a QR code, which he or she should please show at the test center. The test result will then be sent by e-mail. Following a positive rapid test, a PCR test is offered on site at the test center.

F-Haus Jena:

Pre-registration is now also possible digitally at https://schnelltest-jena.de/fhaus/.

Mon - Fri: 3 - 6.30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jena Lobeda Ost:

Every second day in April (even dates):
2 - 5 p.m.

Noll-Garden:

Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Drive-through 'An der Ringwiese 2" (parking lot Fitness-Club Ringwiese)

Mon - Fri: 8 - 12 a.m. and 3 - 6 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

neue mitte Jena (first floor, next to the escalator)

Mon - Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Goethe Galerie
(Goethestraße 3)

Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pre-registration is not necessary, on-site waiting times are to be expected. People who would like to be tested should bring an identity card. If a test result is positive, a PCR test will be carried out directly on site for validation and the data will be forwarded to the public health department.

The City of Jena publishes current information on the rapid test centres on its website. There you can also find rapid tests offered by various GP practices and laboratories. 

The rapid tests are not suitable for visitors to senior citizens' facilities, symptomatic persons (contact your family doctor!), companies or facilities with their own testing regime. Also a free test to end a quarantine cannot be carried out in the rapid test centre. Only the health department team can declare a quarantine terminated.

FAQs about university operations

1. Which rules apply to on-site events? Show content

On-site events without reference to research and teaching are not allowed. Face-to-face teaching may only be provided for courses with practical components, such as practical courses in the laboratory and using equipment, practical sports exercises, medically indicated supervision and possibly excursions and field trips.

Room occupancy is based on the specifications of Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management on the possible occupancy density under pandemic conditions (application for rooms via raumverwaltung@uni-jena.de).

The lecturers or organizers of the event are to inform the participants in advance about the applicable distance and hygiene rules [pdf, 6 mb] de and ensure that they are observed.

Participants of on-site events are obliged to register via the digital contact person registration QRoniton using the QR code of the specific room at the beginning of the event. For external attendance events, attendance lists with contact data are maintained in order to facilitate contact tracing in case of an infection.

By registering via QR code or at external events, participants declare in writing that they are free of corona symptoms and risk contacts and that they will adhere to the rules of distance and hygiene.

Everyone must wear a facemask covering the nose and mouth when moving around inside university buildings and also when seated during lectures, seminars, etc., and at computer workstations. During teaching attended by students in person (e.g. language teaching), teaching staff are not obliged to wear a facemask if they maintain a distance of 3 m.

Manual ventilation is mandatory in rooms without mechanical ventilation. As a basic rule for office rooms: ventilate hourly over the entire window area for 3 minutes (in winter) or 10 minutes (in summer); meeting and seminar rooms, as well as lecture halls without mechanical ventilation should be ventilated every 20 minutes. In addition, ventilation should be provided for 15 minutes after each course (but at least every 90 minutes).

The offering of drinks and open meals in the form of buffets or similar is prohibited.

2. Do I have to wear a face-covering at the university? Show content

All University members and guests are obliged to wear a suitable mouth and nose covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) inside the buildings and on the premises of Friedrich Schiller University:

  • irrespective of the distance, in all areas generally accessible within University buildings (such as corridors, washrooms, entrances and exits, tea kitchens and social rooms, shared printers, and open access areas / bookshelves in the ThULB; it also applies on the way to or when leaving seats in lecture halls, seminar rooms and PC pools).
  • when the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained;
  • also in lecture halls, seminar rooms, PC pools and during examinations
  • people who are closer than the minimum distance of 1.5 m and/or if the minimum area of 10 m2 per person is not available; (in laboratories, FFP2 masks are mandatory if the distance is less than 2 m).

The University will also be making surgical masks available for collection by its employees and students who need to attend on-site teaching. These masks will be distributed from Tuesday, 6 April, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the “vegeTable” cafeteria of the Studierendenwerk (Ernst-Abbe-Platz 5). Students must show their Thoska card. The distribution will continue on a daily basis (on working days) as long as there are enough masks.

Notes on the use and reuse of FFP2 masks:
They offer better protection than conventional face coverings, but are only available in limited quantities. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices therefore provides the following advice on use and reuse:

  • Even with a mask, the safety distance of at least 1.50 metres from other people recommended by the RKI should be maintained.
  • The mask must fit well and sit over the mouth, nose and cheeks. The edges of the mask should fit snugly and not allow air to flow past the mask. A FFP2 mask can only provide its full filtering performance if it fits tightly.
  • When first used, the mask should be tested to see if it allows enough air to pass through to minimise obstruction to normal breathing.
  • A wet mask should be removed and replaced.
  • When removing the mask, it should always be grasped by the straps of the mask, if possible.

FFP2 masks are intended by the manufacturer to be used as single-use products. They should be changed regularly and disposed of after use. There is a limited possibility of reuse after disinfection. The following points should be ensured:

  • Drying in the indoor air:
    After initial use, the FFP2 mask should be hung in a dry place for at least seven days and only then reused. With seven different masks, this procedure can be repeated optimally within one week. You should only repeat this "drying cycle" five times. Dispose of the FFP2 masks in the household waste after the fifth wearing.
  • Disinfection in the oven at 80 degrees Celsius:
    At 80°C, after 60 minutes, SARS-CoV-2 is completely inactive and other pathogens are significantly reduced. The filtering capacity is maintained. It is advisable to check the temperature with an oven thermometer, as it can fluctuate in the oven. At temperatures below 70°C, the FFP2 mask can remain infectious; at temperatures above 105°C, there is a risk of material damage and loss of filtering performance. In any case, you should check the mask afterwards and repeat the process no more than five times.

    Further information (German only): Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices
3. Which rules apply in university buildings and in outdoor areas? Show content

At their joint meeting on 25 November 2020, the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the Länder decided that higher education institutions and universities should in principle switch to digital teaching. For our university, this means that from 1 December there will be no classroom teaching activities. Excluded from this regulation are laboratory and device trainings, practical sports exercises, practical training phases and supervisions with medical indication. Also excluded are tests and exams that cannot be converted to digital formats. The regulation applies until the end of the lecture period on 12 February 2021.

Current regulations include:

- Wearing a suitable face covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) is mandatory at the University, also outdoors if the distance of 1.5 m to others is less than 1.5 m;
- In public, only contact with members of one's own household and one other household is permitted (max. 5 persons in total);
- Persons who use university facilities must register via the digital contact person registration QRoniton using the QR code of the respective room;
- Persons in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the corona virus, who comes from a corona risk area abroad or who shows COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter the university;
- It is not permitted to consume alcoholic beverages on the university ground as well as inside the university buildings. This also applies to the Ernst-Abbe-Platz campus;
- When working on-site, you need to comply with the hygiene rules of the University (Hygiene framework [pdf 602KB] [pdf, 6 mb] de). 

4. Where will still be restrictions? Show content

At present it is known that there will be changes in the following university facilities:

The Botanical Garden and the University's museums and collections are closed.

5. Are the ThULB and its sub-libraries open? Show content

As of Monday, 11.01.2021, the branch libraries will be open to a limited extent for circulation and the collection of stacks as well as interlibrary loan orders. However, the workstations and special reading rooms cannot be used.

Opening hours of the libraries for book lending in the branch libraries from Monday 08 March 2021

Branch Library Humanities, Branch Library Law, Economics and Social sciences:
Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: noon - 6 p.m.

Branch Library Natural Sciences, Branch Library Medicine (all sites):
Mon – Fri: noon – 6 p.m.

Branch Library Chemistry + Physics:
Tue + Thu: noon – 4 p.m.

Learn more

6. Which canteens and cafeterias are open? Show content

The dining hall at Ernst-Abbe-Platz will remain open until 1 April. After that it will be temporarily closed for technical reasons. From 6 April, the dining hall Philosophenweg will be open instead. 

The dining halls Philosophenweg and Carl-Zeiss-Promenade are open for staff and students. They will offer an in-house supply and an take away sale. Only cashless payment with the thoska is possible. At the entrance, registration takes place via QR code for contact tracking. Face-coverings are compulsory except for meal taking, attention must be paid to the safety distance.

Dining hall Philosophenweg:
Monday - Friday: daily from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dining hall Carl-Zeiss-Promenade:
Monday - Friday: daily from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

However, changes may occur at short notice, so please check the Studierendenwerk website for more information.

7. What is the University of Jena's position on rapid Covid 19 tests? Show content

The university joins the national testing strategy (German only), which recommends antigen tests in companies and educational institutions as a supplement to the hygiene concept since 31.3. 2021. The use of rapid tests is to be trialled at the start of lectures in the summer semester in a testing centre on campus and with self-tests.

In a position paper (German only), scientists from the National University Medicine Research Network warn against relying on the tests, or being less cautious based on the results. They cited studies that concluded the tests were far less safe than manufacturers claimed. 859 swabs were analysed. Only six out of ten Covid 19 infections were detected, and false positives occurred in two out of 100 cases. Thus, an infection cannot be reliably excluded by the negative result of a rapid test.

The Friedrich Schiller University therefore envisages the use of rapid tests only in addition to the university's infection prevention concept [pdf, 3 mb] de and continues to rely on consistent compliance with hygiene measures. The following applies to all tests: A positive result of a rapid test or a self-test must always be verified by a PCR test. Only those who have been tested in a rapid test centre can have such a PCR test carried out there. In the case of a positive self-test, the general practitioner or the responsible health office must be contacted. In addition, the superiors and the Human Resources Department are to be informed via the contact form:

Until the result of the PCR test is available, the university campus may not be entered. If the PCR test result is negative, i.e. the rapid test or self-test was false positive, the entry ban does not apply. If a Covid 19 infectivity is confirmed by the PCR test (PCR test positive), a domestic quarantine must be observed as ordered by the public health department.

The university management reserves the right to adapt the university strategy in the event of a change in the testing strategy at federal and state level.

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