Due to the easing of additional restrictions in the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance of North Rhine-Westphalia, we have also been able to modify our internal regulations and open things up a bit more. A new Organizational Decree detailing these changes has been published, which can be viewed online at: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/corona-verfuegung The English version will be available by tomorrow (16.07.2021).
Here is an overview of the most important changes:
This testing requirement applies to all university employees (i.e. staff members in technical services and administration, academic staff, support staff, and civil servants, including professors), as defined in the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance. The test result must be submitted to your supervisor. More details on this procedure can be found in the Organizational Decree.
Responsible managers are your direct supervisors: for lecturers, this means the university instructors to whom you are assigned. For university instructors, the deans of study will assume this function. In cases for which there is no clear direct supervisor, test results can be submitted to the responsible office in the Department of Human Resources and Organization.
We hope you continue to have a relaxing vacation and holiday break.
Dr. Stephan Becker
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer
The time has finally come: vaccinations are now available to students at the city of Bielefeld’s vaccination centre.
Starting today, approximately 400 vaccination appointments will be made available each day to the students of Bielefeld’s institutions of higher learning. Vaccination appointments can be scheduled immediately using the button “Sonderaktionen” [special campaigns] at www.asb-owl.de/impfzentrum. All other additional information is provided when you book the appointment.
We want to encourage you to take this opportunity to get vaccinated. This is an important step towards starting to return to more in-person teaching in the fall. Policymakers and the city of Bielefeld have implemented what Bielefeld University, together with other institutions of higher learning, have been demanding for their students: that students be provided with vaccines this summer.
With widespread vaccination, student life can return to campus on a fuller scale.
As always, stay healthy and well, and enjoy the summer holidays.
Dr. Stephan Becker, Chancellor
Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Rector
In order to continue its successful response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and to avoid a resurgence in the number of infections, Bielefeld University is operating in the mode of “University Pandemic Operations.” At the same time, however, the provisions of this Organizational Decree are intended to allow for the gradual reopening of increased university operations – subject to applicable legal measures and regulations.
This Organizational Degree has been updated on the basis of the Infection Control Act of the federal government of Germany, the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia from 24 June 2021 in its currently valid version from 14 July 2021; the General Order governing teaching and examinations at institutions of higher learning in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia from the Ministry of Labour, Health, and Social Affairs dated 14 July 2021; the fourth SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance dated 25 June 2021; the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Protection Regulations from 7 May 2021; the Coronavirus Ordinance on Travel Entry from 12 May 2021 in the consolidated version from 9 June 2021; and the Corona Testing and Quarantine Ordinance of North Rhine-Westphalia dated 8 April 2021 in its currently valid version from 8 July 2021. This Organizational Decree summarizes the current measures in place at Bielefeld University.
All measures continue to pursue the goal of effectively targeting and limiting the risk of infection, thus safeguarding the health of students, instructors, researchers, and technical and administrative staff.
In principle, and independent of the following contingency plan, the following still applies:
Ms Hornberg, what’s so special about the coronavirus and how dangerous is an infection?
Coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s and can infect not only humans but also various animals such as birds and mammals. It is assumed that the precursors of the novel coronavirus come from animals in the wild.
The current illnesses are caused by a new type of corona virus, with the official name "SARS-CoV-2". The respiratory disease it causes is called COVID-19.
As with other respiratory pathogens, an infection with the novel coronavirus can lead to symptoms such as coughing, a runny nose, a sore throat, and fever—just like a common cold. In patients with pre-existing conditions, the virus can take a more serious course with, for example, breathing difficulties or pneumonia. Up to now, most of the patients who have died were already suffering from chronic diseases. Currently, the proportion of deaths in which the virus has been confirmed by laboratory tests is about two percent. However, this only includes data on patients who have been treated in hospital.
How is the virus transmitted?
As far as we currently know, the coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. The main transmission route is droplet infection. This can be directly person to person via the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract or also indirectly via the hands that are then brought into contact with the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose or the lining of the eyes. Transmission is also possible if only mild or unspecific signs of disease are present. Novel coronaviruses have also been found in stool samples of some infected individuals. However, we do not yet know conclusively whether it can also be transmitted this way.
How can you personally protect yourself against an infection?
In terms of preventive health protection, it is important to adhere to the same hygiene measures that also protect against influenza (flu) infection. These are as follows:
What should people do if they are worried that they have been infected?
First of all, they need a medical examination to determine whether the suspicion of coronavirus is justified. This requires the presence of at least one of the following two constellations:
If you suspect that you might have caught the disease, contact a doctor by telephone. Tell the doctor that you suspect that you have become infected with the new coronavirus (and, if appropriate, where you have travelled home from) and discuss what you should do next by telephone before going to a doctor's practice.
Why is there a quarantine recommendation for people who have been in risk areas or who have had clearly documented contact with sick people?
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) estimates that people who have been in a coronavirus risk area or have had contact with a COVID-19 infected person in the previous 14 days are potentially infected or sick. Persons who have stayed in a risk area designated by the RKI should - even if they have no signs of illness— avoid unnecessary contact with other persons.
The aim of quarantine measures is to interrupt chains of infection and to slow down the spread of the virus as much as possible. This should provide time to find out more about the virus and treatment options, identify risk groups, prepare protective measures, and maintain treatment capacity in the clinics.
(Supplement dated 09.03.2020)
0521 51-2000: The hotline of the city of Bielefeld can be reached under this number from Friday, 6 March, for all questions concerning the corona virus. From Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., municipal employees* will provide general information and advice on prevention. Outside service hours, the service point of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung (Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians) is available at 116117. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
(Supplement dated 03.03.2020)
Concerned citizens should please follow the nationally established structures and contact their family doctor or the public health department by telephone. A "telephone hotline" has also been set up at Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel (EvKB) for justified suspicions: Tel. 0521 772-77777. It is attainable from 8 to 16 o'clock.
Source: Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel (in German)