Safety measures concerning the use of Uniarts Helsinki facilities

These safety measures ensure the safe use of the facilities.

Updated 13 October

Protect yourself and others – keep a safe distance

  • You cannot come to the university if you are sick. If you have a fever, symptoms of a flu, stomach symptoms or other coronavirus-related symptoms, you cannot come on campus.
  • Maintain a distance of 1-2 meters to everyone. Refrain from shaking hands or hugging and use alternative greeting methods.
  • Keep a safe distance to others when walking in stairways or through corridors. Instead of elevator, use stairs whenever it is possible.

Take care of good hand hygiene

  • Wash your hands with water and soap often and carefully, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands
    • when you come from the outside to indoors
    • before a meal
    • after going to the toilet
    • after coughing or sneezing
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if washing your hands is not an option.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue and put the tissue in the bin immediately after use. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands.
  • Avoid all unnecessary touching of surfaces, handles, banisters etc.
  • THL’s instructions for preventing infections

Clean the surfaces of devices and other items that are in shared use

  • Clean the devices and items that are in shared use by wiping their surface with a soap and water mixture or with alcohol-based detergent. These are available near the work stations in the open-plan offices. More products are available at the info desks.
  • Before starting a practice session with an instrument, you can pick up the cleaning equipment and instructions from the info desk of the M, R, N and Kookos buildings.
  • Instructions on how to remove gloves

Face masks

  • It is strongly recommended that a mask is worn whenever operating in the university facilities.
  • Uniarts Helsinki will provide staff and students with face masks. Masks are available from the info desks of the university’s main buildings (M, N and R Building, Kookos, Academy of Fine Arts)

Travel

  • When commuting to the university, whenever possible, choose to walk or ride a bike instead of using public transport.​
  • Stay in quarantine for 10 days after returning home from abroad.​

Procesure when infected

What to do if you suspect a coronavirus infection

When you have symptoms of a flu, stay at home immediately, because the infection risk is highest during the first 2–3 days, when it is important to avoid contacts with other people and to take care of good hand and coughing hygiene. 

The THL website lists e.g. coughing, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain and headache as symptoms of a coronavirus infection.

Coronavirus testing of students

Contact your healthcare centre or emergency clinic by phone. You will be given instructions on what to do by a healthcare professional. For the time being, the FSHS does not provide coronavirus testing, because the duty is that of the public sector in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act.

The residents of Helsinki and Espoo can do a check-up and book an appointment for a test in the online Omaolo.fi service. The residents of Uusimaa can review their symptoms and book a coronavirus test using the Coronabot service.

Guidance

National telephone service 

​General information about the coronavirus: 0295 535 535

Guidance for the residents of Helsinki concerning the coronavirus offered by the City of Helsinki: 09 310 10024. The phone service is open Monday through Friday at 7:00-20:00. Outside of these hours, the number is 116 117. 

Coronavirus testing of university personnel

You can contact Mehiläinen’s Digital Clinic or phone service:  

  • Digital Clinic  
  • Phone number of Mehiläinen’s OMATyöterveys health service: 010 414 0777  

Mehiläinen’s information on the virus can be found on their website. A coronavirus test is taken if a doctor at the Digital Clinic or at a respiratory infection clinic so decides based on the patient’s symptoms that could match an infection caused by COVID-19.

A positive test result

If your coronavirus disease has been confirmed, stay at home for at least 10 days and avoid close contact with other people. If the test result is positive, the infectious disease authority in your home municipality will contact you and give you quarantine instructions.

A negative test result

The result of the test indicates the situation at the time of sampling. A negative test result does not rule out the possibility that you have become infected after taking the test, or that the infection is not incubating.

If the test has been taken due to symptoms, and symptoms have cleared or significantly reduced when the test results arrive, you can return to normal everyday life. If symptoms reoccur and/or you experience prolonged symptoms, it is important to get tested again. 

What to do when a coronavirus exposure is confirmed

If a person tests positive, the municipality of residence will carry out contact tracing to find out which close contacts must stay in quarantine in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act. Other people who are not considered close contacts can continue as normal.

If a person in the quarantine develops symptoms, they will be referred to a test. People without symptoms are not tested. If a person has been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case, a negative test result is not sufficient grounds for ending the quarantine, and the person must stay away from the campus for the time period ordered by the doctor of communicable diseases.

What to do when a coronavirus exposure is confirmed

If a person tests positive, the municipality of residence will carry out contact tracing to find out which close contacts must stay in quarantine in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act. Other people who are not considered close contacts can continue as normal.

If a person in the quarantine develops symptoms, they will be referred to a test. People without symptoms are not tested. If a person has been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case, a negative test result is not sufficient grounds for ending the quarantine, and the person must stay away from the campus for the time period ordered by the doctor of communicable diseases.

If you receive a notification of a possible exposure in the Koronavilkku app

If you receive an alert of potential exposure in the Koronavilkku app, the app will give you instructions on how to seek a coronavirus test, for example. It is important that you stay at home and monitor your health during the next two weeks, avoid contact with people and take care of good hand and coughing hygiene. The app can also be used to make a symptom assessment and to contact health care to discuss further course of action. You should contact your teacher-in-charge or your supervisor about arrangements concerning remote studies or work. 

You will not be placed into quarantine by the Epidemiologic Operations Unit based on the app’s alert. The municipality’s Epidemiologic Operations Unit will contact you and possibly place you into quarantine if the infection chain tracing determines you have been in close contact with an infected person.

If a student or an employee of Uniarts Helsinki is diagnosed with coronavirus, the following guidelines are followed:  

  1. The Epidemiologic Operations Unit of Helsinki traces transmission chains in cooperation with Uniarts Helsinki and places those who have been exposed in quarantine.
  2. If a person is diagnosed with coronavirus and if other people have possibly been exposed to the virus, this will be announced by email and on the university’s intranet and website. Possible media enquiries should be forwarded to the communications team.  
  3. The university negotiates with the Epidemiologic Operations Unit and follows the instructions issued by the Unit.
  4. As a safety measure, Uniarts Helsinki may order its students and staff to study and work remotely for 10 days.  

If a person who has attended an event at Uniarts Helsinki is diagnosed with coronavirus, the following guidelines are followed:

  1. The Epidemiologic Operations Unit of Helsinki traces transmission chains in cooperation with Uniarts Helsinki and places those who have been exposed in quarantine.
  2. If a person is diagnosed with coronavirus and if other people have possibly been exposed to the virus, this will be announced via the university’s communication channels. Possible media enquiries should be forwarded to the communications team.  
  3. The university negotiates with the Epidemiologic Operations Unit and follows the instructions issued by the Unit.

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