General information about Corona

As previously, RUB will react to the course of the pandemic and the requirements of politics in winter semester 2022/2023 and make appropriate adjustments and changes, if necessary. Important general questions and answers are compiled on this page. Moreover, detailed regulations, information and forms are provided in the “Serviceportal” (partly German).

The most important recommendations for working together

  • Keep at least 1.5 m distance to others.
  • Wear a face mask (surgical or FFP2 mask) inside RUB buildings and if you can not keep at least 1.5 m distance to others. Due to the Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, RUB employees will again be required to wear masks if the distance falls below the minimum of one and a half meters as of October 1, 2022. Surgical or FFP2 masks are provided for RUB employees until further notice.
  • Ventilate rooms without technical ventilation on a regular basis! Rule of thumb: Ventilate office rooms hourly by opening the whole window for at least 3 minutes in wintertime and at least 10 minutes in summertime. Ventilate meeting rooms and seminar rooms at least every 20 minutes.
  • Use confined spaces (elevators, restrooms, changing rooms, rooms with printers, kitchenettes, etc.) with as few people as possible at the same time.
  • Test yourself for Corona on a regular basis. Up to two Corona test-kits per week are provided free of charge to RUB employees until further notice.

Corona tests and self-tests

RUB aims at identifying Covid-19-infected persons without symptoms by conducting random coronavirus (Covid-19) rapid tests, so that they can isolate themselves and the transmission of the coronavirus is prevented.

Please note that the Covid-19 rapid tests are snapshots. A negative test result means that the person tested is not currently contagious and is unlikely to be contagious in the next few hours.

RUB’s testing strategy for employees

All RUB employees can receive up to two Covid-19 self-tests per week. This also applies to fully vaccinated empolyees or those employees who have recovered from Covid-19.

The Covid-19 self-tests should be done at home.

At RUB, there are currenlty Corona self tests three different manufacturers in use.

You can find instructions on taking and evaluating the test here.

The test kits will be distributed via the individual organisational units (deaneries, departments, etc.). Further information can be found in the service portal.

For questions on testing, evaluation and measures: betriebsarzt@rub.de

Is Covid testing mandatory?

The self-tests are not mandatory, but the more people test themselves, the better the protection against infections at RUB.

In case of a positive test result

A positive rapid test result must always be verified by a PCR Covid-19 test or at least by a certified rapid antigen test (if it is not possible to get a PCR test due to limited PCR capacities). To do this, contact your doctor or the local health office.

Until you get the result of the control test, you are not allowed to enter the RUB facilities and campus.

If the control test result is negative, i.e. the self-test was false positive and there is no infectiousness for Covid-19, you can access the campus again.

If Covid-19 infectiousness is confirmed by the control test (control test positive), you must quarantine at home in accordance with the NRW Quarantine Ordinance.

Test centres in Bochum and on campus

Since 30 June, citizenship tests in North Rhine-Westphalia are no longer free for everyone, but only for certain groups of people. Everyone else has to pay 3 euros for a test.

  • Here you will find a list of test centres in Bochum.

FAQ

Where can I get help in case of mental health problems triggered by the measures implemented due to coronavirus? (1 June 2022)

LWL-Universitätsklinikum Bochum has opened a hotline for Bochum citizens to help them overcome mental-health crises. The Corona hotline is available Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm under 0234 50774567.

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