Guide to Infection Prevention and Control at Nord University

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The Guide to Infection Prevention and Control at Nord University will contribute to maintaining safe operations during the outbreak of Coronavirus Covid-19. The Guide will be updated as necessary. Adopted by decision of the University Rector on May 13, 2020. Revised on January 14 2022.

​​​​​​​Introduction

The Guide to Infection Prevention and Control at Nord University is intended to contribute to maintaining safe operations during the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Guide will be updated as necessary. The Guide was last revised on January 14 2022.

Nord University follows national and local guidelines and rules regarding infection prevention and control. Staff and students must be prepared for national and local recommendations and rules to change at short notice.

Infection prevention measures

Infection prevention measures aim to restrict the transmission of infection among students and staff, and slow outbreaks of covid-19. The three most important measures to restrict transmission are:

  • Maintain good hand hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Get tested if you have symptoms​​​

Staying at home while sick and if you have newly arisen newly-arisen respiratory symptoms is the most important aspect of infection control. If you have symptoms of covid-19, stay at home and get tested. Cough etiquette and hand hygiene are important for preventing transmission through inspiration of contaminated air and contact with contaminated surfaces. Increased distance between individuals reduces the risk of transmission, also prior to the onset of symptoms. 

Covid-19 is often transmitted by inspiration of small and medium-sized droplets, contact with surfaces contaminated with droplets from coughing and sneezing, and by touching one's eyes or mouth with unclean hands. 

Read the facts about covid-19 and transmission of infection (NIPH). ​

Individuals who are sick or have symptoms of covid-19 should not be on university grounds

Individuals with symptoms of covid-19 should not be on university grounds. This also applies to individuals who suspect they may be infected.

Situations in which a student/staff member should not be on university grounds

Students and staff with respiratory symptoms:

​Students or staff who are a close contact of a person with a confirmed covid-19 infection:

Students and staff who have a confirmed covid-19 infection:


What happens if a student/staff member becomes ill on university grounds?

It is important that any student or staff member who develops symptoms of respiratory infection, leaves the university grounds.

Individuals who are ill and need to be collected by someone else must wait in a separate room or outside at a good distance from other people. Anyone who is ill should not travel by public transport. Anyone who is ill should cover their mouth and nose if they are unable to maintain a sufficient distance away from other people.

Students or staff members with a confirmed covid-19 infection will be monitored by the healthcare service to ensure they receive appropriate medical care. Municipal health services will track and may investigate contact with persons with confirmed covid-19 in accordance with applicable recommendations.​

What is someone in the student's/staff member's household is ill?

If someone in the household has symptoms of respiratory infection, but is not confirmed as having covid-19, the student or staff member may attend university grounds as usual. However, the student or staff member must leave university grounds in the event that they develop symptoms, as mentioned in the foregoing paragraph.

Close contacts of students and staff

There may be different rules for quarantine and isolation, depending on vaccination status, the type of contact, any new virus variations/mutations, and for personnel in critical occupations.

For more information about quarantine and isolation, visit Helsenorge.no.

Good hand hygiene and cough etiquette

Good hand hygiene and cough etiquette restrict the transmission of all respiratory infections, including transmission of Covid-19.

  • Cough into a paper handkerchief or the crook of your elbow.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water, or use an alcohol-based disinfectant.
  • Find alternatives to shaking hands and hugging.

Cleaning and ventilation​

The microbes that cause Covid-19 can be removed easily by manual cleaning with soap and normal cleaning products. 

Daily cleaning is performed as normal according to local cleaning plans. Classrooms are prioritized for cleaning in the morning before the rooms are used. The offices are cleaned once weekly. As a main rule, there is no need to close off rooms/ areas or implement reinforced cleaning measures where people with confirmed infection have been.

In some teaching rooms and in some common areas, disinfectant wipes and spray bottles have been placed for cleaning if desired or needed.



Reduced frequency of contact between individuals

Reduced contact between individuals reduces the risk of transmission from individuals who are not aware that they are contagious. In order to ensure reduced contact, it is necessary to increase the distance between individuals and reduce the total number of students and staff who are closely co-located. Keep at least one metre away from other people.

Reduced frequency of contact between staff in the workplace

Facilitation of work and teaching that reduces the total number of people an individual comes into contact with has a significant impact on restricting transmission.

The total of number of students in a group at any given time should accord to recommended distancing rules, and the rules/recommendations of health authorities.

One objective is to organise work and teaching so that students and staff are affected by a possible outbreak to the least possible degree. Restricting the number of individuals a student or staff member comes into contact with is an important tool for achieving this objective. 

Students and staff in high-risk groups

Staff members who are in a high-risk group or require special arrangements should contact their immediate superior. See the Handbook for Personnel.​

Students who are in a high-risk group or in need of spec​ial arrangements can contact the student adviser at their faculty.

See also: Advice and information for high-risk groups and next of kin