COVID-19 Health Information
WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS
1. Wear Face coverings in public and communal area’s
2. Maintain social distancing at 2m, and if this cannot be maintained use face coverings
3. Wear face coverings in all class activities, labs and classrooms
4. Under workshops/labs, where a risk assessment has been carried out and 1m distance cannot be maintained you must use PPE grade FFP2 disposal face covering. You should also wear this grade mask if in a vulnerable group.
5. No face coverings required for staff offices once risk assessment completed and 2m social distancing obtained or screens in place.
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.
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.
Student Health reopening on Wednesday 30th September at 9am
Your Student Health Service are busy preparing to welcome you back to college. We will be ready to give you any support you need during these challenging times. Your Health Service may look a bit different this year as we lean towards virtual medicine for the protection of all.
A virtual clinic is a consultation with the nurse or doctor by phone or video call (using Microsoft Teams) instead of a face-to-face meeting. If it is medically required for you to attend the Health Service, this can be organised for you.
How to make an appointment with the Health Service
- Do not attend the Health Service in person.
- Please call the Health Service reception on 071-9155463 between 9-3pm, Mon to Thurs and 9-1pm on Friday.
- The nurse will then call you to assess what type of appointment will meet your needs. If you need a phone/video/in person consultation this will be organised for you.
What to expect when you attend for an in-person appointment
If you are attending the service in person, you will be asked to stay in your car/outside until you are called in by the nurse/doctor. It is important that you arrive at the exact appointment time given to you.
You will be asked some brief questions at the door by the nurse. Your temperature will be taken. You will be asked to sanitize your hands and remove your own face covering and apply a medical mask for the consultation.
We will be operating a strict social distancing policy at all times within the clinical area. Measures such as social distancing, perspex screens and masks make us all uncomfortable but just remember the health professionals behind the mask have not changed and we are here to help you.
How virtual medicine works
We will be doing more telephone and online consultations to minimise the spread of COVID-19. We do not believe that this is a completely satisfactory replacement for face to face
meetings but for now we must do what is safest for everyone concerned. The nurse will ring you in the morning and together we will decide if a video, telephone, or in person meeting will meet your needs best. You will be given a scheduled time so that you can make sure you have a private place to take the call without interruptions or noise.
What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
· Fever (over 38 degrees)
· Sudden cough (any type of cough)
· Shortness of breath
· Loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.
If you have any of these symptoms, immediately isolate at home and call the Student Health Service/GP for advice. If you are on campus and you If you feel well enough, please leave the campus immediately through the closest exit.
· Apply your mask and hand gel if you have it on your person.
· Do not walk through the main campus.
· Remember your respiratory etiquette; if you have to cough/sneeze turn away from others and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Place used tissues in a lidded bin and wash hand/apply gel.
· Do not use public transport to get home.
· Do not go to a GP, surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you do not feel well enough to leave the campus, Isolation rooms are available on campus to be utilised if required. Dial 071/9155333 to access these rooms and first-aid personnel.
How to organise a COVID-19 test
Your GP/Student Health Service will organise an assessment and/or a referral for COVID-19 test if necessary. The assessment and test are free of charge.
You must self isolate while you are awaiting testing and test results. Your housemates and close contacts will also need to restrict their movements. Therefore, you and everybody in your house should not attend college under any circumstances.
If you test positive elsewhere if would be helpful if you could advise the Health service in confidence by phone or email. This will allow us to keep an accurate log of any cases we have on campus.
COVID-19 test results are confidential as per doctor/patient confidentiality. However, you should be advised that we may need to share your information with Public Health doctors as required for the purposes of protecting public health, e.g. to protect people from infection under defined circumstances.
Wishing you all a safe return to campus!
Mental Health Well-being.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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?|
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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)
- 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.
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.
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.