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Corona situation and masks in Karelia campuses

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) updated their recom­men­da­tions for the use of face masks in week 15. Conse­quently, the recom­men­dation to use face masks on Karelia UAS campuses is no longer valid. However, face masks will still be provided for everyone who wishes to wear one. Face masks are available at info desks.

Please continue to follow other hygiene instruc­tions on campuses: you may not enter Karelia UAS campuses if you have any symptoms and remember to take good care of hand hygiene. 

You are not allowed to enter Karelia UAS premises if you are sick

You are not allowed to enter Karelia UAS premises if you are sick or have any symptoms of a coron­avirus infection. If any symptoms occur, it is your respon­si­bility as a member of the higher education community to become tested for the coron­avirus without delay. Employees can use their working hours to get to the test. Follow the instruc­tions you are given as you are tested. If the test result is positive, i.e. you have a coron­avirus infection, or if you have been quaran­tined, you must immedi­ately notify Karelia UAS by emailing to turvallisuus@karelia.fi and either phone or email to your super­visor (employees) or teacher tutor (students). Anyone who is experi­encing symptoms or suspects exposure can fill out an assessment of their health at omaolo.fi website. The coron­avirus website of Siun sote has regional instruc­tions on how to proceed.

Student health care

You can book a student health care request via electronic appointment.

Hand and coughing hygiene

Each member of the community shall maintain good hand hygiene. Careful and frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer is important. Everyone shall immedi­ately wash and sanitize their hands when entering campus premises, when moving from a space or classroom to another, and otherwise as necessary. Hand washing facil­ities are available in campus toilets and hand sanitizers are located in hallways, student restau­rants and other common areas. A disposable tissue shall be used to cover the mouth and the nose when coughing or sneezing, and the tissue shall be disposed immedi­ately. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not into your hands.

More infor­mation is available on the website of THL.

High-risk groups

Students belonging to high-risk groups shall inform their teacher tutor or student counsellor as well as the teachers of specific courses of their absence. A certificate from health care providers needs to be presented, if so required. The aim is to ensure fluent cooper­ation between teachers and students for organ­ising the studies in such a way that there is no risk of exposure.

Cleaning and disin­fection of surfaces

Cleaning has been enhanced at Karelia UAS. However, even efficient cleaning alone is not enough for keeping all surfaces clean in the everyday life of a school community. Therefore, it is recom­mended to disinfect the surfaces after each use (such as public computers on campuses). There are disin­fection wipes available for this purpose in Karelia UAS facil­ities. Every user is respon­sible for wiping the surfaces before and after each use.

More infor­mation

Emergency services: tel. 116 117 (24h)

Health care centres: Siilainen tel. (013) 330 2211, Rantakylä tel. (013) 330 2212, Niini­vaara tel. (013) 330 2213

National hotline 0295 535 535 provides general infor­mation on the coron­avirus on weekdays at 8 am-9 pm and on Saturdays at 9 am – 3 pm. No individual health counselling or counselling for acute symptoms is provided by the hotline.