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Information regarding coronavirus

Updated June 22, 2021

From Monday 14 June the requirement to wear a face mask or visor at Absalon's campuses is lifted. In addition, the recommendation to keep a distance of 1-2 meters is also lifted. 

From July 1st it will no longer be possible to conduct a self-test on campus.

Exams will normally be held online, with the exception of bachelor's exams and individual exams where special facilities and physical presence are required.

It is important that everyone continues to pay attention to and follows the applicable precautions and guidelines, so that we at Absalon can take our share of the responsibility for minimizing the spreading of corona. 

Absalon continuously follows the authorities’ recommendations, latest developments in infection rates, etc. Therefore, the following may also be subject to change at short notice, if guidelines, etc. change.

Test requirement when meeting on campus

To be able to meet on campus, all staff and students must have a negative corona test that is a maximum of 72 hours old - unless you fall under one of the exceptions for the test requirement (read more further down). 

  • For information regarding test stations look here.

Until July 1st it will be possible to have a quick test done at all of Absalon's campuses, if you have not had the opportunity to have a prior test done.

Tested positive

If you have been tested positive for corona virus or have symptoms of it (dry cough, sore throat, fever, breathing problems, headache, muscle aches), do not come to campus.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person, call Absalon's Corona Hotline on tel. 72 48 30 40 as soon as possible (weekdays from 8 am - 3 pm).

Here you will get in contact with Absalon's Infection Detection Team, who have contact with the authorities. Together with the authorities, Absalon will agree upon how the spreading of the infection should be traced and what you should do.

For more information go to the FAQ and guidelines.

FAQ and Guidelines

COVID-19 test

To be able to meet on campus, all staff and students must have a negative corona test that is a maximum of 72 hours old - unless you fall under one of the exceptions for the test requirement (read more further down).

  • Until July 1st it will be possible to have a quick test done at all of Absalon's campuses, if you have not had the opportunity to have a prior test done. For information regarding test stations look here.
  • Periodic random checks will be introduced at Absalon's campuses. Here you must present your ID card together with your test (e.g. health insurance card, driving license, etc.).
  • You can display your test result on the “MyHealth” app or print it out in advance.
  • There may be students/staff who are exempt from testing (see documentation requirements below).

Possibility for test on campus

Until July 1st it will be possible for students, course participants and staff to conduct a COVID-19 self-test on all of Absalon's campuses. The test on campus is a supplement to the test options that already exist. 

  • Tests are possible at the entrance to the campus every weekday between 7.30-10.30.
  • You must perform the test yourself under the guidance of a supervisor.
  • The supervision is performed by employees from True Nordic Health who have received training in this.
  • The test is done by inserting a 'cotton swab' 2-3 cm. in each nostril. The swab is subsequently analyzed so that it can be determined if you are infected with COVID-19.
  • It takes approx. 15-20 minutes before the result of the test is ready. While waiting for a result you must be off campus.
  • You can see the answer to your test via a link you receive via SMS and on the app "Min sundhed".
  • If the test is negative for COVID-19, you can access campus. If there is a random check at that time, you simply show your negative test result.
  • If the test is positive you will receive a call and you cannot access the campus but must self-isolate and as soon as possible have a follow-up PCR test done at the nearest test site.
  • Like other COVID-19 tests the test result is valid for 72 hours. 

About our test

The test that can be taken on Absalon’s campus is a rapid test, also called an antigen test or a quick test, which is valid like other COVID-19 tests for 72 hours. The test is the CE marked SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test Nasal Distribution by Roche.

The test shows whether you here and now have corona infection in your body, but cannot determine whether you have been infected in the past, just as it does not protect you against infection in the future. It is aimed at students and staff without symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you are in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19, you must stay at home and order a test via coronaprover.dk or contact your own doctor if medical help is needed.

Pay special attention to the fact that the self-test must take place with caution in some circumstances / special health conditions, eg:

  • Tendence to nosebleeds
  • Illness in nasopharynx region
  • Recently broken nose/after nose operation
  • Acute or chronic injury in or around the nasal region.

This is how a corona test takes place at Absalon

Arrival:

  • Scan your health insurance card
  • Sanitize your hands
  • Supervisor then scans the serial number on the test card that you receive 
  • You receive an SMS with a link where you can later on read your test result

Self-testing

  • You are instructed by a supervisor - and then carry out the self-test (see quick guide*)
  • After doing the self-test, attach the test to the 'test card' with the serial number
  • Give the test card to the supervisor
  • Finish by sanitizing the test station and your hands

Wait for the answer for 15-30 min. off campus:

  • While waiting for an answer, you must stay off campus. You can see the answer to your test via a link you receive via SMS and on the app “Min Sundhed”.

Test result:

  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you can read your test result in the link you received on arrival or via the app "Min Sundhed" after approx. 15-30 min. You can now access the campus. If there is a random check at that time, you simply show your negative test result.
  • If the test is positive, you will be contacted by telephone and you cannot enter the campus but must self-isolate and as soon as possible have a follow-up PCR test done at the nearest test site. You must not use public transport (read more in the section “What happens if my result is positive?”).

*Instructions for self-testing:

1. Put the swab pin 2-3 cm. in the one nostril. Turn the pin around four times in approx. 15 seconds against the nasal septum and then remove. Repeat the proceedure in the other nostril with the same swab pin.

2. Place the swab pin in the tube with extraction buffer (fluid). Press the buffer tube together and stir the swab pin around at least 10 times. Then remove the swab while pressing the tube together to draw the liquid out of the swab. It is important that the tube is compressed when removing the swab to ensure a correct test result. Then press the cap carefully into place on the tube.

3. Place the test cartridge on a flat surface and drip four drops from the test tube into the sample well of the carteridge at an angle of 90 degrees.

What happens if my test result is positive?

  1. You will be contacted by telephone if your test result is positive.
  2. It is important that you immediately isolate yourself and as soon as possible book a follow-up PCR-test at coronaprøver.dk.
  3. Transport to self-isolation can be by walking, biking or private transport. You may not use public transport.
  4. The test result is reported to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, who will call you as soon as possible.

If the result of your PCR-test is also positive, you must contact Absalon’s Corona Hotline so we can do relevant infection detection.

Absalon looks after your data

When you, as an employee or student, perform the self-test on campus, you also give consent for the following data to be reported to the Statens Serum Institut:

  • Your name, social security number and telephone number
  • Test site and time
  • Test results.

When the rapid test is read and completed, it is sent for safe destruction. Your personal information is subsequently stored in encrypted form in the database at the data processor - and the data transfer to the Statens Serum Institut takes place via secure connections. 

If you have questions contact Absalon at absalon@pha.dk or our data protection officer at dpo@pha.dk.

Exempt from testing

In the following cases, students, staff and guests may be exempt from showing a negative test:

  • If you due to medical reasons should not have a PCR or antigen test performed for Covid-19 (documentation is not required).
  • If the person in question, as a result of a physical or mental disability, should not have a PCR or antigen test performed for Covid-19 (documentation is not required).
  • If you have previously tested positive for Covid-19 and is able to present documentation for at positive PCR test result, which is at least 14 days old and a maximum of 8 months old.
  • If you have started the vaccination program for Covid-19 and can present documentation for this. You are exempt from testing 14 days after the first dosis at the earliest and no more than 42 days after the first dosis.  
  • If you can present documentation for a completed vaccination program for Covid-19. 

 

 

What are the guidelines when being on campus?

In order to prevent the speading of the virus the following rules apply when being on campus. 

Negative COVID-19 test

To be able to meet on campus, all students, staff, visitors and others who are associated with Absalon must have a negative corona test that is a maximum of 72 hours old - unless you fall under one of the exceptions for the test requirement (read more above)

  • For information regarding test stations here.

Until July 1st it will be possible to have a quick test done at all of Absalon's campuses, if you have not had the opportunity to have a prior test done. You can read more here.

Being on campus

Based upon updated guidelines from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, it is now possible for study groups to be on campus, and it is now possible to sit at tables and chairs in the common areas. 

You will thus not have to book a room in the future if you are to meet in your study group on campus (updated May 5, 2021).

Straight rows of chairs and single-person tables are the standard set up in all classrooms

All chairs and tables have been placed in straight rows so that a distance can be kept. Icons are affixed to the floor in all classrooms, clearly marking where tables and chairs should stand. One is not allowed to move tables or chairs around.

In some cases the distance requirement will be upheld until 1 August due to the practical planning of teaching, exams, graduations etc. and in order to prevent the spreading of the virus.  

Security measures in special subject rooms, i.e. in workshops, music rooms, sports halls, physiotherapy practice rooms, laboratories, physic rooms, clinical practice rooms, etc.

  • The use of gloves when there is a lot of contact is recommended.
  • Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves are available in all special subject rooms. Face masks are handed out by the instructor.
  • The teachers and the students are responsible for cleaning / disinfecting after the practice sessions of physiotherapy benches, equipment, tools, machines, musical instruments, etc. which have been used.
  • All surfaces such as handles and tabletops, etc. are cleaned daily. If additional cleaning is required, this must be separately agreed upon.
  • It is possible to wash hands in most special subject rooms. Refer to the instructions for laboratories and special subject rooms, which hang in these rooms.

Guidelines for use of meeting- and group rooms

Disinfectant and serviettes are in the rooms for wiping tables before and after use.

Canteen

May 3 we open again for sale in the canteens at Campus Slagelse, Næstved, Vordingborg, Nykøbing and Roskilde with a limited assortment and from May 5 it will be possible to eat in the canteen on campus.  

Opening times:  8.00 – 14.30

Lunch (sandwich):  from 11.00

It will be possible to buy coffee/tea, rolls, cake, fruit, sandwiches and various drinks. 

Access to Absalon's canteens is only for students and staff - there is NO public access.

Teaching and exams

Teaching

From Wednesday 21 April, Absalon has the opportunity for on campus attendance of up to 30 percent. This means that all educations can have a little more on campus activity, and work is being done on how we can make the best possible use of this new opportunity. In addition, at alternating times, up to half of the students in the 6th and 7th semesters can come to campus again.

Schedules can be found in Itslearning.

Exams

Exams will normally be held online, with the exception of bachelor's exams and individual exams where special facilities and physical presence are required.

Family and other guests can now attend exams. Of course, this must be done according to the current guidelines regarding distance requirements, negative test / Corona pass, hygiene etc.

Security measures at physically held exams on campus

Exams that are held physically on campus will be conducted according to the authorites' guidelines. 

With respect to exams this specifically means:

  • All staff and students must have a negative corona test that is a maximum of 72 hours old - unless you fall under one of the exceptions from the test requirement (read more above)
  • Hand sanitizer will be used by everyone and it will be available in all rooms. 
  • There will be plenty of room between all participants.
  • The rooms will be aired out often.   
  • If students show up at the exams with symptoms of Covid-19 they will be rejected. 
  • All students and staff are recommended to be tested before coming to campus. 

Is there due to special conditions the possibility of taking physically held exams online?

No, the exams that require special facilities and physical attendance cannot be held as online - nor if these special circumstances exist: 

The student has tested positive for Covid-19

If you are unable to attend an exam with physical attendance it will count as one exam attempt unless you are able to show a medical certificate or a positive Covid-19 test as documentation. It is not possible to take the exam from home, and you will automatically be registered for the next exam. 

The student shows symptoms of corona or is a close contact to an infected person

If you are unable to attend a physically held exam due to symptoms of COVID-19 (isolation/identified as close contact) it counts as one exam attempt unless you are able to show documentation. It is not possible to take the exam from home, and you will automatically be registered for the next exam.

The student is in a risk group

Absalon closely follows the requirements of the authorities and precautions have been taken regarding distance, hygiene, etc. in connection with physical exam attendance on campus. It is therefore estimated that most people in a risk group will be able to participate as planned in exams on campus. If you can present a medical certificate documenting that you are unable to attend due to risk group it will not count as an exam attempt. It is not possible to take the exam from home and if you dont show up at the exam or don't send documentation you will automatically be registered for the next exam.   

The student is abroad

If you are abroad and have difficulty entering Denmark you will use one exam attempt since it is not possible to take the exam online. You will automatically be registered for the next exam. If you at a later point in time need to apply for extra exam attempts, Covid-19 related causes will be considered as exceptional circumstances.   

In cases where one or more of these special circumstances exist, the student must contact the study administration (to the relevant education's mailbox).

How do I participate online in oral exams?

Absalon uses the Zoom system to online oral exams. 

In principle, the rules are the same whether your oral exam is held via Zoom, or as a normal oral exam at Absalon. However, there are a few differences and special points of attention when your oral exam is held via Zoom.

So that the exam can be completed satisfactorily, the examiner and censor must be able to see and hear you. Therefore, you must have : 1) Computer with built-in webcam/external webcam and 2) A good stabile internet connection.

It is not allowed to record the exam or the feedback in connection with the assessment. If the exam is interrupted due to technical reasons, and the connection is not able to be quickly restored, you must follow the emergency procedures without any unnecessary delay.

Read more about online exams in Zoom here.

What should I do if I have been tested positive for corona virus or experience signs of illness?

Students and well as staff have a responsibility with respect to preventing spreading of the virus and tracking of the virus if someone has tested positive with COVID-19. 

If you experience signs of illness
You should stay home if you have symptoms of illness, and act as if you are infected - even if you have mild symptoms. This means that you should go in self-isolation and book an appointment for a test.  

The typical symptoms of COVID-19 are a sore throat, general discomfort, muscle pain, and possibly a dry cough and fever. 

While waiting for your test result, you must continue to self-isolate and continue with the other precautions.

If your test is negative you can come to campus when you are well.  

If you have tested positive for corona virus
If you have tested positive for corona virus you must stay home and go in self-isolation. 

You should call Absalon's Corona Hotline as soon as possible on tel. 72 48 30 40 (weekdays from 8 am - 3 pm).

Absalon's Infection Detection Team, will together with the authorities agree upon how the spreading of the infection should be traced and what you should do.

What should I do if I have been in close contact with a person who has symptoms of or is infected with corona virus?

The health authorities have sent out new guidelines regarding persons who are considered close contacts to a person infected wit Covid-19.

The entire class is considered as close contacts

According to the new guidelines Absalon must consider an entire class as being close contacts, if they have had teaching with a fellow student or a teacher who has tested positive for Covid-19. In this case the entire class will be sent home and must go into self-isolation. The detection of close contacts on campus outside of the class will take place unchanged and according to the same procedures as ealier.  

General guidelines for when you are considered a close contact to a person infected with Covid-19:

  • You are considered a close contact if you have been within 2 meters for more than 15 minutes (e.g. in a conversation) with a person infected with Covid-19. 
  • When you are identified as a close contact, you must go into self-isolation as soon as possible. You must take a test on day 4 and day 6 from when you have last been in contact with the infected person. The self-isolation must be keept until you have received two negative test results, so this means that you cannot end you self-isolation until you have received a negative test result on day 6, then you will be able to meet on campus or in your internship again. 
  • If you have completed the vaccination program for Covid-19 or if you have previously tested positive (within 180 days) you are still considered as a close contact. Just like other close contacts you must take a test on day 4 and day 6. The difference is, however, that you do not need to go into self-isolation - unless you show symptoms of Covid-19.  
  • On January 19 the authorities made new guidelines for persons who are considered a close contact. In this connection, they made a precautionary principle for persons who have been in close contact to a person infected with a virus variant like B.1.1.7 to stay in self-isolation for 14 days. This precautionary principle no longer apply (as of February 3), but the other stringent guidelines still apply for all close contcats. 

The above guidelines are valid for all persons who are a close contcat to an infected person.

 

If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for corona virus, e.g. a person in your household, you are in general not allowed to meet on campus. Instead you should go in self-isolation until you have been tested. You should make appointments for two tests at coronaprover.dk

The following persons are considered close contacts:

  • Persons sharing a home with an infected person
  • Persons who have had direct physical contact with an infected person (e.g. through hugging)
  • People who have had unprotected and direct contact with secretions from an infected person (e.g. through being coughed on or through touching a used handkerchief, tissue etc.)
  • People who have had close face-to-face contact (at a distance of less than one metre for more than 15 minutes) with an infected person (e.g. through having had a conversation with the infected person)
  • People who have been together with an infected person at a distance of less than two metres for more than 15 minutes in one of the following situations: 

    • Activities with heavy exhalation, e.g. singing, loud conversation or shouting
    • Physical activities such as fitness training and yoga
    • Been together in an enclosed space with poor ventilation

You are considered a close contact if you have had close contact with an infected person from 48 hours before the person started displaying symptoms and until 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased.

If the person who has tested positive has no symptoms, you are considered a close contact if you have had close contact with the infected person from 48 hours before they were tested positive and until seven days after the test.

If more than 14 days have passed since you had close contact with an infected person, and provided you have no symptoms, you are considered infection-free and therefore do not have to take any special precautions.

Previously tested positive: If you have been tested positive within the past eight weeks you do not need to be tested again if you develop symptsoms or is a close contact, because the test may be positive due to inactive virus.  

NOTE

People who have followed the Danish Health Authority’s guidance on social distancing, respiratory hygiene and hygiene in general are not very likely to be categorised as close contacts.

If you are in doubt you should contact your own doctor.

For more information see this pamphlet.

If someone in you household shows signs of coronavirus

If someone in you household has symptoms of coronavirus and is waiting for a test result you are as a student are allowed to meet on campus - as long as you don't have any symptoms. 

What should I do if I, or someone in my household is in a special risk group?

If you as a student belong to a special risk, according to the authorities' guidelines you can participate in the teaching on an equal footing with other students, if the applicable precautions are followed.

If you have received a doctor’s assessment that it is not possible for you to participate physically in the teaching, you must agree the specifics of what to do with your education.

The same applies if someone in your household is in the special risk group.

Absence from teaching during COVID-19

You should not be active in studies if you feel ill with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19. It is equated with ordinary absence due to illness. If there is mandatory attendance or participation, you must therefore report your absence as you usually do if you are ill. In the case of a prolonged absence, you must contact the study administration with medical documentation.

Am I regarded as absent for the days when I am in self-isolation due to COVID-19?
If you do not feel ill but still need to be in self-isolation because you have either tested positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19, are in close contact with an infected person, or are in a risk group, you should if possible as a starting point be active in studies from home. This is not regarded as absence. Therefore, remember to notify your teacher if you are active in studies from home due to self-isolation.

Social arrangements

Absalon can now again hold social events on campus. At Absalon, we have a strong focus on well-being, and a good student life and this for example includes the Friday bar, etc. However, after a closer dialogue with our joint Student Council, it has been decided that we will wait to open up the Friday Bar until after the summer.

Graduation

It is now again possible to hold graduation at Absalon's campus, and family, etc. have the opportunity to participate. All guests must like all students and staff have either a Corona pass or a negative test for COVID-19. 

Practice placement / Internship

You may, according to the authorities' guidelines, go to your internship. As a rule, you must follow the internship's instructions, and it is the internship site that ultimately decides whether you are allowed to go to the internship.

What should I do if my children are sent home from school and I have to meet at the internship site?

If your child has been sent home from school and you still have to meet at your internship site, you have the possibility to ask for emergency childcare at your child's school. 

Contact your internship advisor if you have questions or changes to your internship/practical placement  occur.   

What should I do if I am sent home from a practical placement/internship?

If you are sent home, or other changes occur in your practical placement/internship, you should inform the placement advisor at your education.

The internship you perhaps missed in connection with corona will not be replaced by another internship. 

What should I do if I am in a special risk group and am in a practical placement /internship?

  • As a starting point, you must follow the internship’s instructions.

  • As a starting point, you should hold your internship as planned, but should not be exposed to obvious risks of infection. The same applies if you live in a household with someone in a risk group.
  • In special circumstances persons at increased risk, based on an individual medical assessment, maybe given permission not to meet at the internship. This is decided based on a concrete medical assessment where other possibilities for transfer to other work situations are considered. 
  • If in collaboration with your internship it has been concluded that you should not meet physically at your internship due to special circumstances, you have to fill out a Statement of Truth Document, which must be sent to your internship and your education. In these cases the assessment must be supported by a concrete and documented medical assessment You can read more about this here at Study-net

Exams at the internship

You must follow the internship's instructions. If the exam cannot take place physically it will be held via Zoom. 

Exchange and travel abroad

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs have made stricter travel restrictions. This means that the Ministry at the moment advises against all travel worldwide.   

Exchange

The stricter travel restrictions also mean that exchanges as a starting point are advised against. You should contact the international coordinator at your department for advice. If you plan an exchange, it is of course essential to stay updated on the Danish Foreign Ministry’s website regarding the current travel advice.

Returning to Denmark

International students who have residence in Denmark or have a residence permit for studies can enter Denmark even though the institution is closed. 

If you have been abroad and return to Denmark, your are advised to immediately take a rapid test upon arrival in Denmark at one of the free rapid test facilities available upon entry. Furthermore, you are advised to go into self-isolation for 10 days. You can end the self-isolation upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

Home transport: Travellers must follow the authorities’ recommendations on behaviour to prevent the spread of infection. This includes using face masks in public transport and the recommendations on physical distancing, hygiene, etc.

When returning to Denmark the health authorities recommend that you go into self-isolation for 10 days. Your self-isolation may be terminated by a negative response to a COVID-19 test performed no earlier than the fourth day after your entry.

You should always stay updated on the Danish Foreign Ministry’s website regarding the current travel advice.  

Cleaning and hygiene

Absalon follows the authorities’ recommendations and guidelines regarding cleaning and security measures on campus.

  • Hand sanitizer is available in all rooms and common areas on campus. Furthermore, there is surface disinfectant and napkins for disinfecting tables, chairs and other surfaces after use.
  • Extra cleaning of all surfaces, handles, toilets, etc. has been implemented.  
  • There are signs and distance markers in selected places on campus. Staff and students are responsible for keeping their distance from other people.
  • The canteen is arranged appropriately so that distance can be maintained and queuing is avoided.

If you have any questions about the above please contact your education.

Absalon's Corona hotline:

Tel. 72 48 30 40

Mail: corona@pha.dk

Information from the authorities about the Covid-19 situation in Denmark: 

https://coronadenmark.dk/

Call the authorities hotline between 5 – 7 PM: Tel. +45 41 45 30 56

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