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FAQ 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 25.10.2022

Courses in the winter semester 2022/23 will be held predominantly face-to-face, digital teaching and learning formats will be used where they enrich teaching and make didactic sense.

The semester dates, including the lecture-free period at the turn of the year (19 – 30 December 2022), remain unchanged.

There are currently no restrictions on access to the buildings and rooms of the university. Please note any different regulations in the Faculty of Medicine. It is still recommended to follow the usual infection protection rules. It is also strongly recommended to wear a qualified mouth-nose protection (medical/FFP2 mask) inside the university – especially in larger groups and if the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. The university management appeals to everyone to protect themselves and others as well as possible. Should the infection situation make it necessary, the Corona rules in force at the university will be adapted.

Please observe the current framework hygiene plan of the University of Jena [pdf, 405 kb] de (German only).

A public test centre is open on campus (Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, first floor, foyer), which can be used between 8 am and 4.30 pm Mondays to Fridays and between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. In case of a positive rapid test result, a PCR test can be done directly on site.

As of Monday, 11 July 2022, the tests are no longer free for everyone. The rules for co-payment of 3 euros (if warned by the Corona-Warn-App, if an event is planned to be attended or if contact with a high-risk person is planned) or full payment of 9 euros apply. Under certain conditions, no payment has to be made. Medical students can thus continue to be tested free of charge if they need the test to visit a medical facility. The reason or occasion for the test will be asked and documented [pdf, 84 kb] de (German only) on site.

Other regulations may apply for students of human medicine and dentistry. Please note the information on the website of the University Hospital (German only).

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

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

FAQ about university operations in general

1. What regulations are in force at the moment? Expand entry

As of 20 March 2022, there are no longer any access restrictions for universities. To enter university buildings, 3-G proof (vaccinated, recovered or tested) is no longer required. The 3-G requirement at the workplace also no longer applies. An exception applies as of 16 March 2022 for employees who work in areas with a facility-based vaccination requirement and who must be required to present valid proof of vaccination or recovery. The obligation to track contacts no longer applies.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) continues to recommend compliance with the so-called AHA+A+L rules (distance, hygiene, everyday mask, Corona-Warn-App, ventilation). Masks are no longer mandatory at Friedrich Schiller University. However, it is still strongly recommended to wear a qualified mouth-nose protection (medical/FFP2 mask) inside the university – especially in larger groups and if the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

A video on how to wear best and handle FFP2-masks can be found here (German only).

Courses can be held face-to-face without distancing. With the exception of the Faculty of Medicine, there are no longer any prescribed upper limits for participants.

Pay attention to hygiene (e.g. cough and sneeze etiquette) and use the federal government's Corona-Warn-App. If this is used by everyone, it is a very effective tool for breaking chains of infection at an early stage.

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).

Larger events, congresses and conferences can be held again.

Please observe the current framework hygiene plan of the University of Jena [pdf, 405 kb] de (German only).

2. Do I have to wear a mouth-nose-covering at the university? Expand entry

As of Monday, 9 May 2022, masks are no longer mandatory at Friedrich Schiller University. However, it is still strongly recommended to wear a qualified mouth-nose protection (medical/FFP2 mask) inside the university – especially in larger groups and if the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

A video on how to wear best and handle FFP2-masks can be found here (German only).

3. Which rules apply in university buildings and in outdoor areas? Expand entry

The following rules must be observed in buildings and on university premises:

  • People showing COVID-19 symptoms (signs of a cold or flu, loss of sense of smell and taste, fever, cough, shortness of breath) should preventively stay at home. They are advised not to enter the university;
  • Persons entering from a virus variant area abroad (currently no designated areas) are subject to quarantine (see question 2 in the block "General questions on the Corona pandemic"). They are not allowed to enter the university;
  • When working on-site, you need to comply with the current framework hygiene plan of the University of Jena [pdf, 405 kb] de (German only).
4. Are the ThULB and its branch libraries open? Expand entry

The branch libraries of the ThULB are open. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended here as well. The designated hygiene and infection protection rules are to be observed.

Work stations can be used both with and without reservation. Group study rooms and single study rooms (Carrels) must be booked in advance. Further information is available on the website of the ThULB.

Introductions to the library are offered both on-site and online.

5. Which dining halls and cafeterias are open? Expand entry

With the exception of the cafeteria vegeTable, all dining halls and cafeterias of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen are open again for students and employees. In-house eating is just as possible as taking food home. Cash payment is not possible. The reduced price for students and employees is only available when paying with the thoska.

The exact opening hours and up-to-date information can be found on the Studierendenwerk website.

Contact tracing and response in case of infection or cold symptoms

1. Contact tracing using QRoniton and the Corona-Warn-App Expand entry

Contact tracking via QRoniton is suspended until further notice. We strongly recommend you use the federal government's Corona-Warn-App. If this is used by everyone, it is a very effective tool for breaking chains of infection at an early stage.

Advertisement for the Corona-Warn-App with the slogan "Helps. If you take part." Advertisement for the Corona-Warn-App with the slogan "Helps. If you take part." Graphic: Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung
2. I have had contact during courses with people who have tested positive Expand entry

Please observe the regulations of the city of Jena as well as the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on quarantine for contact persons (German only).

3. I have cold symptoms Expand entry

If you have cold symptoms (even very mild ones), stay preventively at home . Do not go to a test centre, but first contact your general practitioner's office, the health department responsible for you or the on-call health insurance service (telephone: +49 116 117) to discuss how to proceed.

4. I have tested positive for the coronavirus Expand entry

Immediately put yourself in self-isolation and inform as soon as possible:

  • the health department of the city of Jena (German only)
  • your lecturers or students, if you attended or conducted face-to-face courses in the last two days before the test was taken or before the onset of the first symptoms
  • close contacts

Please observe the regulations of the city of Jena as well as the RKI recommendations on the duration of isolation (German only).

General questions on the Corona pandemic

1. Where can I find information on the current coronavirus situation in Jena? Expand entry

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 FAQ and visit our blog.

2. What do I have to consider if I return to Jena from an area of variants of concern? Expand entry

You can find an overview of the entry regulations here. Please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute or the Federal Foreign Office and the city of Jena for up-to-date information on further regulations and exceptions.

3. What do I have to do if the Corona-Warn-App reports a risk contact? Expand entry

The "Increased risk" alert in the Corona-Warn-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.

4. How can I contribute to preventing the spread of coronavirus infections in my working environment? Expand entry

Comply with the framework hygiene plan of the University [pdf, 405 kb] de (German only) currently in force which are part of the University's infection prevention concept.

Take the following simple actions: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask), use the Corona-Warn-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.

5. Where can I find further information on the coronavirus? Expand entry
6. How can I help? Expand entry

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 a selection of opportunities worthy of support here.

  • The Freiwilligenagentur (Volunteer Agency) of the Bürgerstiftung Jena is always happy to welcome new members. The contact person is Heidi Scheller (phone: 03641 6392923, e-mail: scheller@buergerstiftung-jena.de).
  • 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.
7. The Corona pandemic is putting me under psychological strain. Where can I find help? Expand entry

The situation is not easy for anyone. 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 offers help and counselling. You can reach them Mondays to Fridays from 4 to 6 pm under the telephone number  +49 3641 9-42666 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.

Students can also contact the psychosocial counselling of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.

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

8. Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in Jena? Expand entry

Test centre on campus

A public test centre is open on campus (Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, first floor, foyer), which can be used between 8 am and 4.30 pm Mondays to Fridays and between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. In case of a positive rapid test result, a PCR test can be done directly on site.

As of Monday, 11 July 2022, the tests are no longer free for everyone. The rules for co-payment of 3 euros (if warned by the Corona-Warn-App, if an event is planned to be attended or if contact with a high-risk person is planned) or full payment of 9 euros apply. Under certain conditions, no payment has to be made. Medical students can thus continue to be tested free of charge if they need the test to visit a medical facility. The reason or occasion for the test will be asked and documented [pdf, 84 kb] de (German only) on site.

Other testing opportunities

The city of Jena publishes all testing opportunities in Jena on its website. Current information and the opening hours of the rapid test centers are also listed there.

The rapid tests are not suitable for symptomatic persons (contact your general practitioner!), companies or institutions with their own testing regime (e.g. senior citizen facilities). Also, a free test to end a quarantine cannot be performed at the rapid test center. Only the health department team can declare a quarantine terminated.

9. Where can I get vaccinated against COVID-19? Expand entry

Vaccination appointment in a vaccination centre

Online booking at: www.impfen-thueringen.de 
Telephone booking: 03643 - 49 50 49 0 (Mon, Tue, Thu 8 am to 5 pm, Wed, Fri 8 am to 12 pm)

Vaccination in a general practitioner's office

Appointments are made directly through the practices.

Booking vaccination appointments via online portal

Doctors and vaccination centres in Thuringia can report leftover vaccines on the new online portal www.impfrettung.de. Those willing to be vaccinated can register there and book a vaccination appointment.