Preparedness of the University of Akureyri in regard to Covid-19

 

An emergency board composed of the Rector, Managing Director, and Chair of the Security Committee has been appointed. This group will meet daily where the current status will be evaluated and notifications sent out as needed. All the latest information will appear here below.

Students and employees of the University of Akureyri are reminded of the importance of following the instructions of the Directorate of Health. The latest information can always be found on the website of the Directorate of Health and the COVID-19 website.

Current status, this page was updated 16.04.2021

  • Students have the option of using the learning compartments
  • Employees organize their work from home in consultation with their superior
  • In each compartment may be at most 50 individuals keeping a 1-metre distance

Students

  • Students have the option of using the learning compartments 
  • Students are encouraged to monitor information sent via email and in Ugla, as well as notifications from teachers of individual courses
  • Students can book N-rooms in Sólborg on the second floor for group projects. To do so, students need to contact The Student Registry
  • In each compartment may be 50 individuals keeping a 1-metre distance but is limited to the size of each compartment

Learning compartments are following:

  • Teppið, 2nd floor in Miðborg
  • Reading space in UNAK Library
  • Borgir, 2nd floor
  • Note that the number of students is limited. The number of chairs indicates how many people can be in each compartment, it is not allowed to move chairs.

Employees

  • Employees can receive equipment to use in their home; see the announcement Aftur heim (e. Home Again) in Ugla from 24th March
  • 50 individuals can be in each compartment

If employees have travelled abroad for private purposes, it is requested that the person concerned works from home and returns to work in consultation with his/her superior.

Use of classrooms

  • Teachers can use classrooms for recordings but must book them especially by contacting the Student Registry or their Office Manager
  • After using a classroom, points of contact should be disinfected, as well as all equipment that was used 

Meetings

Meeting should take place online. A meeting where few people come together can take place on campus if it is possible to follow the 1-metre rule. 

Lunch and coffee rooms

  • Lunch for employees is from 11:30 to 12:30
  • Trays are marked with the name of each employee
  • The maximum number of people in the lunch room is 50 persons in each of the two spaces
  • Remember that the 1-metre rule applies in all spaces, including lunch and coffee rooms

What if I am ill or in quarantine?

  • Employees who are in quarantine or have been infected are asked to notify their immediate superior who then informs the emergency board by sending an email to covid@unak.is
  • It is important that employees who detect symptoms or have possibly been exposed to infection call 1700 and receive instructions. Employees with symptoms should stay at home and under no circumstances show up ill at the workplace. 
  • A medical certificate is not required if employees have a reason to be away from the workplace, for example, because of quarantine. 
  • We should encourage colleagues to go home if they seem ill. Show support for each other. 

What if I have a confirmed infection?

  • If an infection is confirmed, infection tracking starts under the management of the infection tracking team of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. The infection tracking team contacts the infected person and his/her colleagues if necessary. 
  • Employees shall notify their superior if they are confirmed to have been infected. 

Superiors who are notified of an infection: 

  • Report the infection to the emergency board by e-mail: covid@unak.is
  • In consultation with the emergency board, the superior sends a notification to staff members in the compartment where the infected person was located. The name of the infected person is not disclosed. 

Measures will be taken to disinfect the work area of the infected person, as well as points of contact in public areas. 

What if I need to quarantine according to instructions from the infection tracking teams? 

  • Employees who quarantine according to instructions from the infection tracking team organize their work contribution in consultation with their super - see further information here

What can I do?

  • Thorough handwashing is the best way for everyone to avoid transmission. 
  • The social distancing rule is 2 metres, outside universities buildings.
  • Keep our travels within the country to a minimum and think about how we can limit the number of individuals we mix with. 
  • Use the infection tracking app - this makes it easier for the infection tracking team to stop cluster infections that occur. 
  • It is important that individuals stay at home if they feel symptoms. 
  • We must follow in every way the directions of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and the Directorate of Health

Compartments

  • Everyone shall wear a mask when moving between compartments or entering into a compartment. 
  • In each compartment, people only use lavatories within that compartment.
  • We keep at least a 1-metre distance between ourselves and others and regularly wash our hands and use disinfectant to minimise the risk of transmission.
  • A maximum of 50 persons are allowed in each compartment (employees).

Compartments are divided in the following manner:

Sólborg

1. O wing – School of Humanities and Social Sciences – Centre of School Development (MSHA)
Lavatories: Only lavatories in O corridor

2. K1 wing – Centre of Teaching and Learning
Lavatories: Only lavatories in front of the wing in the corridor

3. A building – 1st floor and B wing – Employees in A building should limit how much they move to and from B wing
Lavatories: Only lavatories in their own corridor

4. A building – 2nd floor – Employees in A building should limit how much they move to and from B wing
Lavatories: Only lavatories in their own corridor

5. A building – 3rd floor - Employees in A building should limit how much they move to and from B wing
Lavatories: Only lavatories in their own corridor

6. D building – Student Housing (FÉSTA) – The Students Union (SHA)
Lavatories: Only lavatories in the D building

7. E building – School of Humanities and Social Sciences – Finances and Analysis – Quality and Human Resources – Managing Director – Real Estate and Operations
Lavatories: Only their own lavatories in each wing/building

8. F – G building – Library and Student Counselling
Lavatories: Only their own lavatories in each building

Borgir

Borgir 1st floor – Wet room
Lavatories: Only lavatories on the 2nd floor

Borgir 2nd floor – School of Business and Science – East corridor
Lavatories: Only lavatories in the corridor

Borgir 2nd floor – School of Business and Science – West corridor
Lavatories: Only lavatories on the 2nd floor

Borgir 3rd floor – University of Akureyri Research Centre (RHA), Continuing Education at UNAK, Computer Science
Lavatories: Only lavatories out in the corridor

Borgir 4th floor – Rector‘s Office
Lavatories: Only lavatories out in the corridor

Face masks

Face masks are available at all the main entrances to the University. Instructions on the correct use of face masks can be found here

  • Employees shall use face masks when moving between compartments.
  • It is obligatory to use a face mask if it is not possible to follow the 1-metre rule. 
  • In teaching and practical teaching it is obligatory to use a face mask if it is not possible to follow the 1-metre rule.

Hygiene and cleaning

  • Careful washing of hands is the most important advice for everyone in order to avoid transmission. It is important to wash thoroughly and regularly with soap and water and afterwards, if advisable to use disinfectant. 
  • Pictures with instructions on handwashing have been placed in all lavatories, as well as in a few other prominent locations. 
  • Cleaning of premises has been moved to the next level. This consists, for example, in disinfecting areas of contact at public places. 

Symptoms / illness 

  • It is important that individuals who feel symptoms and have possibly been exposed to infection, for example, due to travel, call 1700 to receive instructions. Those who detect symptoms should stay at home and under no circumstance show up ill at the University. This also applies to those who are isolating or in quarantine. 

Sensitive groups

  • Those individuals who belong to risk groups should stay at home and avoid crowds according to instructions from the Chief Epidemiologist. Staff members who belong to such groups are therefore encouraged to work from home and students in the same group should not attend on-campus teaching. 
  • It is important that individuals who are considered part of sensitive groups according to the Directorate of Health thoroughly familiarise themselves with instructions from the Directorate

Services

All services take place online.

Because of the situation, it is assumed that all staff of the University will be under increased pressure and all those who need to make use of the University's services are asked to be mindful of this. 

Further information

  •  School Deans and/or Office Managers disseminate information to students and School employees on specific actions relating to certain groups in particular, such as students in clinical studies and field studies. 
  • All comments and enquiries shall be sent to covid@unak.is

 

Useful information

Information on Covid-19
Status report from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management
Covid-19 website