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 June 29, 2021.

​​​​​​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 June 29 2021.

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 delay the outbreak of Covid-19. The three most important measures to restrict transmission are:

  • Individuals who are ill should stay at home
  • Increased distance between individuals
  • Good hand hygiene

The most important infection prevention measure is ensuring that people who are ill, or who have symptoms of illness, stay at home.

Cough etiquette and maintaining distance are decisive in restricting droplet transmission, while hand hygiene, and especially avoiding touching one's face with unwashed hands, is important for restricting indirect contact transmission. Increased physical distance between individuals reduces the risk of transmission, also before symptoms can be detected.

Individuals who are ill should not be on university grounds

Individuals with symptoms of illness should not be on university grounds or at their study location. This also applies to individuals who suspect they may have become infected or come into contact with an infected person.

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:

If a student, staff member or visitor at Nord University has a positive Covid-19 test result, the case must be reported by phone to (+47) 99 36 40 00. The matter will then be handled by the emergency preparedness management team. Local health authorities use the same number for assistance with infection tracking.

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 immediately.

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 who are confirmed as having Covid-19 will be monitored by the healthcare service to ensure they receive appropriate medical care. Municipal health services will chart and 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 campus as usual. However, the student or staff member must leave the university grounds in the event that they develop symptoms, as mentioned in the foregoing paragraph.

What if someone in the student's/staff member's household has a confirmed or probable Covid-19 infection?

If someone in the household has a confirmed or probable Covid-19 infection, every one of that person's close contacts must stay in quarantine in accordance with advice from health authorities. No individual in quarantine should be on university grounds.

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.

Good cleaning

The microbes that cause Covid-19 can be removed easily by manual cleaning with soap and normal cleaning products. The virus can survive on surfaces from anywhere between hours to days, depending on the type of surface, the temperature, sunlight and other factors. If the infection rate is rising, exposed areas will receive extra cleaning.

Specific routines for cleaning at Nord University have been established which are to be followed in the event of rising infection rates and possible infection.​

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, preferably two metres.​​​

Reduced frequency of contact between staff in the workplace

When staff must use their ordinary workplace, provision must be made to ensure that an appropriate distance can be maintained between persons present on the premises at the same time. The current distancing rules must be observed at all times. In addition, shared equipment and workstations/desks should be cleaned both before and after use.

The head of the organisational unit is responsible for determining the activity level within the unit's office space, and may change the approach to the use of office space at any time as required. Separate guidelines have been prepared to address infection prevention and control in situations where the distancing requirement is difficult to meet, e.g. during skills training.​

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.

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