North Karelia is now again at the basic phase of the coronavirus epidemic. Karelia UAS will continue most of its activities remotely as we have done since last year. Only the necessary contact teaching and activities requiring special facilities (e.g. laboratory work and other research environments) will be held on campuses.
In North Karelia and also in Karelia UAS events with more than 20 persons should always be avoided.
The development of the coronavirus situation is monitored at Karelia UAS on a daily basis. The management meets for a situation analysis regularly and is prepared to take necessary action in order to ensure the safety of UAS activities in all circumstances. The safety instructions are updated whenever necessary.
Maintaining sufficient safety distances in all activities
The new variants of COVID-19 spread more quickly than the previously known one. For this reason, THL and also Karelia now recommends keeping a distance of more than two metres to others. In addition, close contacts should be further reduced.
Sufficient safety distances:
- shall be maintained particularly in the hallways and lobby areas and while waiting in line.
- shall be observed in recreational facilities, lounges and other shared areas and it is recommended that we avoid hanging around in these facilities if it is not necessary. Hand sanitizer shall be used when entering and leaving these areas.
- between students shall be maintained in classrooms and in examination facilities. Students shall not attend lectures or exams sick or with any symptoms.
Recommendations for the use of protective masks
Everyone shall wear a face mask when moving around on campus premises.
If there is more than one person in an office or meeting room in Karelia UAS premises, everyone in the room shall wear a face mask or a face shield. No mask or shield is required when working alone. In addition, a face mask or a face shield is required to be worn in teaching situations on campuses, incl. teaching from your own office if you share the office with several employees.
Karelia UAS provides two reusable cloth masks for each student. You can pick up your own masks from the info desk on Wärtsilä/Tikkarinne campus as. You will need to present a student card to obtain the masks.
Karelia recommends the use of face masks also in situations such as:
- laboratory exercises
- students’ practical training periods in places that have given their own recommendation on the use of face masks
- study-related trips (e.g. joint transport to field exercises)
- employees’ work trips by public transport or carpools when it is impossible to maintain sufficient safety distances
Students conducting their practical training periods shall follow the regulations and recommendations of their practical training placements regarding the use of protective masks.
Karelia UAS provides students and employees with face masks and, if needed, protective gloves. It is also possible to use one’s own mask. Protective equipment is available at the information desks on campuses. Face masks provided by Karelia UAS may only be used for work and study purposes, not in private use.
Services on the campuses
Campus opening hours:
Tikkarinne campus: Main door of building E is open Mon-Thu at 7.00-18.00 and Fri 7.00-17.00.
Wärtsilä campus: The following doors are open at 7.00-16.30:
- Karjalankatu main door
- Kontionkatu side door (accessible entrance)
- main door of building D
- side door of building C (Mitta Oy facilities)
Other doors are locked.
- Student Services, library and the EXAM room are open but with limited opening hours. Good hand hygiene and social distances shall be kept in mind when visiting the library or the Student Services office.
- The gym and other physical exercise facilities are out of use, excluding the necessary educational use.
- The services of the Student Welfare Officer are available online. You can book an appointment using the electronic appointment calendar.
Student restaurants Solina and Wire
Restaurant Solina opens again at Monday 19th of April 2021. Self-service cafe is open all day and lunchtime is 10.30 – 13.00. Restaurant Wire is now totally closed. We will inform when it is opened again.
Student health care
You can book a student health care request via electronic appointment.
We made a decision here at Karelia UAS that student exchange from abroad to Finland and from Finland to abroad needs to be suspended for the spring semester 2021. Exchange students already in Joensuu continue their studies mainly remotely.
Arriving in Joensuu and Karelia during covid-19
International students arriving in Finland for the Spring semester: please find here important information and links on e.g. travelling, housing and self-quarantine.
You are not allowed to enter Karelia UAS premises if you are sick, have any symptoms of a coronavirus infection, or if you have been exposed to the virus
You are not allowed to enter Karelia UAS premises if you are sick, have any symptoms of a coronavirus infection, or if you have been exposed to the virus. 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
Work-related travelling in Finland, remote participation is preferred, if possible. If they are necessary, a permission needs to be applied from the supervisor, taking general safety instructions into account.
All students and employees are encouraged to observe the risks related to private travelling abroad. Such trips may afterwards require a two-week quarantine period imposed by the authorities, during which it is prohibited to enter campus premises.
Events on campuses
External events will not be held on Karelia UAS campuses during the autumn term. Remote participation in meetings is also recommended. In exceptional cases (e.g. in case of a small number of participants), meetings organised by Karelia UAS may also be held on campuses, taking safety instructions into account. It is essential that the organiser ensures in advance that adequate safety measures, e.g. safety distances and other protective measures, are possible.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any related observations and safety deviations can also be reported using the safety observation links located in the corridors (QR code).
Emergency services: tel. 116 117 (24h)
Health care centres: Siilainen tel. (013) 330 2211, Rantakylä tel. (013) 330 2212, Niinivaara tel. (013) 330 2213
- Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates
- Ministry for Foreign Affairs: https://um.fi/matkustustiedotteet
- WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Ministry for Social Affairs and Health: https://stm.fi/en/frontpage
- Siun Sote: https://www.siunsote.fi/corona/en
- Joensuu https://www.joensuu.fi/en/web/english/-/information-on-the-coronavirus
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.
(Updated on 17th March 2021)