COVID-19 Health Information

COVID-19 Health Information

Content:

  1. Wearing of Face Coverings
  2. Washing Hands
  3. HSE Tracker App
  4. Health Services
  5. Covid-19 Updates

WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS

When we open this September you will need to wear a face covering in communal areas and in some labs/workshops where social distancing cannot be adhered to.  All our classes will be held in smaller sizes with 2 meter distancing, allowing students to remove face coverings during lectures.  IT Sligo will supply every student with two reusable face coverings and a face visor for free.

WASHING HANDS

When we return to campus one of the best way’s of protecting ourselves and others is to regularly wash our hands throughout the day.  Hand sanitizers are also available throughout the campus and the same proceedure to rub gel into hands should be used as washing.  Please watch the video below.

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DOWNLOAD HSE TRACKER APP

We ask all our students and staff to download the HSE tracker app.  The more people who has the app on their phones the more protected against Covid-19 we will be.  The app allows the HSE to quickly identify those who may have been in direct contact with a person with Covid-19.

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HEALTH SERVICES

We know how difficult it has been for all our students to learn remotely and restrict social gatherings.  Your health is paramount to IT Sligo and we are here to support you always.  The student Health Service is ready to offer support remotely and on campus for all our students. Please email studenthealthservices@nullitsligo.ie. for further details.

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ERASMUS/INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

We look forward to welcoming our International/Erasmus Students.  All international students will need to adhere to the 14 day self isolation regulation enforced by the Irish Government.  Support will be available to help International students on arrival to self isolate.  Information to follow.

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UPDATE COVID19 –

FAQ’s Regarding IT Sligo Operations – Covid19

Are there any cases of confirmed COVID-19 in the Institute?
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. The safety and well-being of the Institute of Technology community is, and always will be, our highest priority.
What will happen if somebody is diagnosed with COVID-19?
If a student or staff member of IT Sligo tests positive for the COVID-19, the Department of Public Health will undertake the contact tracing required and advise of any actions the Institute maybe required to take.
What should you do if you feel unwell? ( e.g. sore throat, dry cough etc)
Please phone your G.P. or if you wish to avail of Student Health Services on campus please phone them on 071 93 05463 or email studenthealthservices@nullitsligo.ie . Please do not attend student health without phoning first.
I have been abroad, what should I do?
Self isolate for 14 days, do not enter the campus.  IT Sligo will offer extra support to our International/Erasmus students.  Please check out www.hpsc.ie  where it will give you up to date appropriate advice.  This website is updated daily.
How can I protect myself from coronavirus?
DO

  • Wash your hands properly and often
  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep 2 meters apart
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Follow the travel advise from the Department of foreign Affairs
  • Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have

 

DON’T

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Do not share objects that touch your mouth-for example, bottles, cups
  • Have social gatherings on campus or at your accommodation

 

More information on protecting yourself and others can be read from the HSE website.

Has the Institute any plans to open?
IT Sligo campus will re-open on the 28th of September with a reduced capacity.
What about lectures/ classes?
Most classes will continue remotely but we will have some on-campus lessons, labs/workshops.
Will we have graduations this year?
Unfortunately we won’t be able to host our annual conferring ceremony on campus but we will be offering a unique online graduation opportunity.  More information will be sent to graduates in the coming weeks.  We hope to invite back all our 2020 graduates for a conferring ceremony once it is safe to do so.

 

In the meantime we would remind everyone to remain vigilant:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Wear a face covering
  • Avoid close contact with people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissue.
  • If you feel ill our have any symptoms of a cough, fever, shortness of breath – STAY AT HOME and contact your GP by phone.

The Critical Incident Management Team continue to meet regularly and updates regarding Covid-19 will be shared with all students and staff via email, website and/or official IT Sligo social media channels.

We ask students and staff to keep checking your email.

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What to do if you think you’re at risk of Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

  • Student Services are the primary point of contact for students who have queries regarding their health status. Students to be advised to make their initial contact with the student health centre by phone.
  • Health Services:  contact 071 93 05463 or email studenthealthservices@nullitsligo.ie 

If you are not feeling well STAY AT HOME

If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.   If you have been abroad in the last 14 days you must self isolate until the two week period from your return and don’t have any symptoms. These are fever (high temperature), cough or difficulty breathing.

If you do have symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), you should phone your doctor or emergency department (ED) immediately.

Do not visit a doctor or ED – phone them first. This is so you do not accidentally put other people at risk. If you do not have a doctor, phone 112 or 999.

Tell them about your symptoms.

If your doctor thinks that you need to be tested, they will tell you where the test will be done. They will also tell you when to expect results.

Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating.

If you are feeling well

  Please follow the advice on how to protect yourself from Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and other infections such as flu.

Avoid spending time with people that are ill with a cough, high temperature, or breathing problems.

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus):

  • avoid contact with people by self-isolating
  • phone your doctor or emergency department
  • tell them your symptoms and let them know you have been to a country or region with a spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

If you think you have been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

 Phone HSE Live on 1850 24 1850 if you think you have been:
  • in contact with someone confirmed as having Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
  • to a healthcare facility in another country where Covid-19 (Coronavirus) patients are being treated

You will be put in contact with your local Department of Public Health staff who will give you information and advice.

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), avoid contact with people by self-isolating and phone your doctor or emergency department.

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Symptoms

 It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) to show.

Symptoms of the virus include:

  • a cough
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever (high temperature)

More information on symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is available from the HSE.

How Covid-19 (Coronavirus) spreads

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) can be spread:

  • 1. directly, through contact with an infected person’s body fluids (for example, droplets from coughing or sneezing)
  • 2. indirectly, through contact with surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on and which are, therefore, contaminated with the virus

As it is a new virus, we do not know how easily the virus spreads from person to person. We do not know if someone can spread the virus before they show symptoms.

The virus may only survive a few hours if someone who has it coughs or sneezes on a surface. Simple household disinfectants can kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is spread through close contact with an infected person. A close contact involves either face-to-face contact or spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of an infected person.

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