COVID-19-Maßnahmen

COVID-19 Measures
at Med Uni Graz

Based on the current state of knowledge and the current national recommendations
Effective as of October 2021

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Basic Rules of Behavior

2G rule

At Med Uni Graz, the 2G rule will generally apply from October 1st, 2021 based on the criteria of the Green Pass.

Proof of a low epidemiological risk is provided for all employees and students of the Med Uni Graz who meet this 2G rule. This means that the least possible restrictive measures relating to everyday work are applied.

2G rule

The following options are available for demonstrating a low epidemiological risk:

G1 - Full immunization with a vaccine approved by the EMA through two partial vaccinations or Johnson & Johnson single vaccine as well as recovery and vaccination or booster vaccination

    Valid proof: vaccination certificate

G2 - recovery with valid recovery notice (PCR-confirmed)

    Valid proof: recovery notice

Employees and students who meet neither the criteria for G1 nor G2 are classified as G3 and are obliged to continuously submit PCR tests.

G3 - tested

    Valid evidence: negative PCR test, valid for 72 hours from test acceptance

Wearing of FFP-2 masks

Due to current infectious events, all employees, students and visitors are required to wear an FFP2 mask in the publicly accessible areas of the Med Uni Graz buildings (elevators, staircases, foyers, corridors, etc.) as well as when there is party traffic .

For employees who meet G1 or G2, there is no mask requirement at the immediate workplace or in the social rooms.

Those employees who do not fulfill either G1 or G2, or who have not announced their vaccination status, are obliged from October 1st, 2021 to apply for an FFP2 for the entire duration of their stay or their work in the premises of Med Uni Graz. Mask to be worn, even at the immediate workplace. The mask may only be removed in the case of single use of an office, work room or other room.

For the clinical area - insofar as this directly or indirectly affects patient care - the current requirements of the KAGes apply (currently the basic obligation to wear an FFP2 mask in all relevant rooms at the LKH-Univ. Klinikum Graz).

Use of lifts

It is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask in the lifts.

Washing and disinfecting

After entering the university building, the request is made to wash or disinfect your hands as soon as possible and to repeat washing regularly and thoroughly (at least 30 seconds) throughout the day.

Respiratory hygiene

Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze.

The used tissue should be disposed of immediately in the residual waste bin.

Disinfection of frequently used surfaces

While the cleaning service provides regular cleaning, it is recommended that users disinfect frequently used surfaces, such as desks, computer mice, and keyboards, on a daily basis. This is especially important if the surfaces are used by many different people.

Regular airing of rooms

If the spatial conditions allow, all rooms are to be ventilated regularly for a few minutes (ideally hourly cross ventilation).

Additional regulations

Courses & examinations

Courses and examinations are offered in compliance with the currently valid COVID-19 prevention measures, both face-to-face and via online formats. Students and lecturers can find detailed information on the intranet.

Research

The same precautions and hygiene measures described above apply for research.

For people who come to University Hospital or Med Uni Graz to conduct monitoring visits or audits for clinical studies, the following is recommended:

  • Entrance to clinics/divisions/institutes exclusively through triage tents or the checkpoints monitoring entry to the respective clinic
  • Proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within the past 72 hours
  • Wearing of an FFP-2 mask in the event of contact with staff from the hospital and/or the Medical University of Graz. (The mask may also be removed for activities that do not involve contact with other people.)
  • The decision to authorize admission is made by the head of the clinic and the head of the division or institute.

External contractors

The hygiene measures described above also apply in full to external contractors and service providers.

Special at-risk groups

COVID-19 risk group

The COVID-19 At-Risk Group Ordinance lists the medical reasons (indications) for a person’s inclusion in a COVID-19 at-risk group. A physician can issue a COVID-19 at-risk certificate on the basis of these indications.

Those who are assigned to one of these groups will receive a letter with information from the organisation that represents all social insurance institutions in Austria. The staff member can present this letter to their attending physician, who will make an assessment based on the risk associated with contracting COVID-19 and, if necessary, issue a COVID-19 at-risk certificate.

It is also possible to visit the doctor before receiving the letter, although an at-risk certificate can only be issued in cases of serious illness. The at-risk groups have been defined in the ordinance issued by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection in agreement with the Federal Ministry of Labour, Family and Youth. The persons at risk can present the at-risk certificate to the head of the institute/organisational unit. The latter must check whether teleworking is possible or adequate changes in the working conditions can be made in order to reduce the infection risk as much as possible. If necessary, please contact the Preventive Services for advice. If these options are not possible, the person at risk is entitled to take time off with continued remuneration.

Pregnant Women

In accordance with the recommendations made by the Robert Koch Institute in Germany, the Labour Inspectorate bases its statements on the following information:

  • According to the WHO and the data it has received from China, pregnant women do not appear to have an increased risk of severe disease progression. However, based on the few studies and case reports available from China regarding the immune reactions in new-born babies available to date, the transmission of the virus in the womb cannot be ruled out.

However, there are not yet enough data to answer these and other questions about the effects of COVID-19 in pregnancy with certainty. Accordingly, no legal basis for pregnant women to take a leave of absence from work currently exists, but the following measures must be followed:

  • Pregnant women are not allowed to work in locations where FFP2 or FFP3 masks must be worn (for occupational safety reasons). These masks make breathing difficult and, therefore, cannot be used by pregnant women. However, pregnant women can wear an MNS mask. It is recommended that a pregnant woman takes a break at least every hour (also due to the breathing resistance caused by the mask) or more frequently if the pregnant woman experiences dizziness, headaches, or shortness of breath. Pregnant women should not perform disinfection work during presence examinations.
  • If possible, pregnant women should not be employed in areas where the risk of personal contact is increased but should be employed elsewhere in the organisational unit/institute or via telework. All restrictions and measures that are defined in the respective maternity protection evaluations must continue to be observed.