Coronainfo

Coronavirus information

The coronavirus pandemic is still in the accelerating phase in Joensuu and in North Karelia. Consequently, Karelia UAS will continue most of its activities remotely as we have done since 23rd November 2020. Only the necessary contact teaching and activities requiring special facilities (e.g. laboratory work and other research environments) will be held on campuses.

Karelia UAS provides face masks and other protective equipment for contact teaching situations on campuses. Everyone shall wear a face mask when moving around on campus premises. 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 of 8th January 2021. You will need to present a student card to obtain the masks.

International exchanges are carried out during the spring semester following safety instructions and official regulations by the authorities.

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.

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.

Other services:

  • 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 at Monday 11th of January 2021. Self-service cafe is open all day and lunchtime is 10.30 – 12.30. Restaurant Wire is still closed. Follow the information on restaurants website, Facebook and Instagram.

Student health care

Due to the current situation, student nurses are currently working mainly remotely. The reception times booked so far (care / health check-in times) are carried out remotely. For the time being, the already reserved vaccination times are carried out normally. You can book a student health care request via contact request or electronic appointment by remote appointment.

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 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.

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.

Maintaining sufficient safety distances in all activities

Sufficient safety distances shall be maintained on the campuses. The recommendation for an adequate safety distance is one to two metres. Sufficient safety distances shall be maintained particularly in the hallways and lobby areas and while waiting in line.

Safety distances 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.

Sufficient safety distances 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

Karelia University of Applied Sciences recommends the use of face masks in work and study situations when it is not possible to maintain safe social distances. Such situations include, for example,

  • contact teaching that is impossible to implement with sufficient safety distances
  • laboratory exercises
  • meetings that cannot be held online or with sufficient safety distances
  • guidance and counseling that is impossible to implement with sufficient safety distances or without a plexiglass
  • 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 for the situations listed above. It is also possible to use one’s own mask.

Protective equipment is available at the information desks on campuses (8am-3pm). Karelia UAS uses surgical mouth and nose masks (type II). There are 50 face masks in one package. The teacher shall pick up the package, distribute the masks to the students, and instruct the students in using them.

Face masks provided by Karelia UAS may only be used for work and study purposes, not in private use.

Masks needed in travelling from home to work/school and vice versa and masks needed in lunch areas shall be obtained by students and employees themselves. In ordinary classroom teaching, face masks do not need to be worn as long as sufficient safety distances can be maintained.

Authorities’ recommendations on the use of protective equipment are actively monitored at Karelia UAS and these instructions are updated whenever necessary.

How to use face masks:

  • Wash your hands first and then put on the mask.
  • Do not touch the mask while using it.
  • Remove your mask with clean hands by grasping the ear loops. Dispose the mask immediately after taking it off. Wash your hands afterwards.

Recommendation on the use of face masks for citizens (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)

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.

Travelling

There will be no international student mobility at Karelia UAS in the autumn term. In addition, employees’ work trips abroad have been cancelled. Instead of 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 turvallisuus@karelia.fi. Any related observations and safety deviations can also be reported using the safety observation links located in the corridors (QR code).

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

  • 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 29th November 2020)