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Information on the Corona pandemic

Updated: February 01, 2023

It is the goal of Philipps-Universität to fulfill its mission in research and teaching, to grant the necessary attendance framework and at the same time to avoid infection hazards.

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Regulations for the prevention of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV2 at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.

As of February 02, 2023, the following regulations apply and replace the previous general decree for infection prevention with the coronavirus. The regulations are based on the § 28b Infection Protection Act of 16.09.2022, the Hessian Coronavirus Basic Protection Measures Ordinance (CoBaSchuV) applicable from 02.02.23, the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, the HMWK Service Instruction of 23.11.2022 and the agreement with the UKGM management. They will end with the expiry of the aforementioned legal regulations and in the event of a further decline in the incidence of infection on 07.04.2023.

1. Wearing a medical mask

(1) It is recommended to continue wearing a medical mask (surgical mask or protective mask of the standards FFP2, KN95, N95 or comparable without exhalation valve) in indoor areas of Philipps-Universität and in crowded situations as appropriate to the situation. This serves both their own protection against infection with the coronavirus and the protection of other persons, especially those with an increased risk of a severe course of the disease.

(2) In accordance with § 28b of the Infection Protection Act, the UKGM and the medical outpatient areas of the university may only be entered wearing an FFP2 mask (or comparable protective mask without an exhalation valve). If the UKGM is only entered in order to get directly to one's own workplace or course by the shortest route, and if patient contact is ruled out at the workplace or course, another medical mask in accordance with Para. 1 may be worn instead of an FFP2 protective mask for the duration of the stay in the work or teaching room.

2. Mandatory corona testing and corona self-testing

(1) Philipps-Universität employees with a workplace in the UKGM area who have patient contact as part of their job must submit three test certificates per calendar week in accordance with the Infection Protection Act. The self-tests will be made available. Further details are regulated by the UKGM.

(2) For teachers and students in courses with patient contact, a daily test must be submitted, unless three test certificates per calendar week are required anyway. Further details are regulated by the Department of Medicine in cooperation with the UKGM.

(3) Employees not covered by subsections (1) and (2) above shall be offered two Corona self-tests per week regardless of vaccination or recovery status. The offers shall be made through the respective facility. Performance of the self-tests is voluntary.

3. Occupancy and ventilation of rooms

Rooms shall be provided with fresh air for a few minutes at least every 30 minutes while in use. If the rooms have a technical ventilation system with fresh air supply, it shall be used.

4. Entry from abroad

For those entering from abroad, the regulations of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance apply.

5. Isolation based on test result and exemption from working in presence

(1) The behavioral regulations according to § 4 CoBaSchuV apply to persons who have been proven to be infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In case of a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infection, it is strongly recommended not to enter Philipps-Universität for a period of five days. Even after the five days have passed, it is strongly recommended not to enter Philipps-Universität until symptom-free for 48 hours. For both students and employees of Philipps-Universität, the reporting and verification requirements for a Covid-19 illness are the same as for other illnesses.
If possible, employees will perform their duties or work from home during this time. The regulations on working hours (4.b - 4.e), work equipment (5), occupational health and safety (6), and data protection/IT security (7) listed in the Philipps-Universität Service Agreement on Mobile Working apply analogously. The online training (3.c) also mentioned as a prerequisite in the service agreement on mobile working should be made up for during this time.

(2) For employees working within the buildings of the UKGM or in areas of the university outpatient clinics of the university as well as students attending courses within the buildings of the UKGM or in areas of the university outpatient clinics of the university, a ban on entering the clinic of five days applies in case of a positive test result due to an antigen self-test or PCR test for the detection of an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (according to §4 of the CoBaSchuV of 23.11.22). It is strongly recommended that patients do not re-enter hospital buildings or university outpatient clinics until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours or 10 days have passed since the first test result. Deviating orders from the Health Department shall take precedence.

(3) In the event of a positive test result, employees as well as students may only participate in courses with patient contact again after a period of five days if a negative test certificate is submitted to the responsible health office in accordance with Section 22a (3) of the IfSG. In the event of non-attendance at compulsory courses, the usual absence regulations of the respective course of study apply. The orders of the Health Office shall take precedence.

(4) In the case of employees with an increased individual risk of a severe course of disease as a result of a COVID 19 infection, all measures shall be examined to enable them to work in the office, taking into account the applicable hygiene and distance regulations. In particular, the allocation of a single room, an activity during off-peak hours or the allocation of another activity within the framework of reassignments or secondments, in the case of employees within the remuneration group agreed in the employment contract and in the case of civil servants within the right to issue instructions, must be examined. Insofar as presence work with protective measures is also not possible for employees with an increased individual risk of a severe course of illness as a result of a COVID 19 infection, mobile working may be granted up to 100% of the individual scope of employment (cf. § 2 para. 2 nos. 5 and 6 Corona-ArbSchV). All other regulations of the service agreement on mobile working of Philipps-Universität Marburg continue to apply. Proof of the risk shall be provided by means of a correspondingly meaningful medical certificate. The costs for this shall be borne by the employees themselves.

(5) In the event of the closure or partial closure of inpatient care facilities and in the event of the failure of outpatient care, the employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement shall make use of the regulations for short-term prevention of work in accordance with §§ 2, 9 of the Nursing Care Time Act (PflegeZG) in the currently valid version. The provisions of Section 2 PflegeZG are implemented for civil servants by applying Section 16 No. 2c of the Hessian Leave Ordinance (HUrlVO) (cf. I.2. of the circular dated November 21, 2017 Az: I 12-12a02-11.5/#12a03.11.03-01-17/007). The justified care-related absences shall be documented.

6. Obligations of employees to inform the university administration

Employees of Philipps-Universität shall inform their supervisor and the human resources department immediately and without being requested to do so if

  1. they have been confirmed to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus,
  2. a isolation obligation exists due to the Corona entry regulation.

Notification to the human resources department will be made via email at .