COVID-19

 

The corona crisis in Europe and Germany has been escalating since February 2020. On the following website we provide further information on COVID-19 in Germany and at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

 1.      Information on COVID-19: Mode of transmission, symptoms, actions and risk areas

 

Mode of transmission: The main mode of transmission of the virus seems to be via respiratory droplets that people sneeze, cough, or exhale.

 

Main Symptoms:

  • Fever (more than 80%)
  • Cough (more than 60 %)
  • Difficulty breathing (less than 20 %)
  • Muscle pain (more than 15 %)
  • Sore throat (more than 15 %)
  • Headache (more than 15 %)
  • Nausea/vomitus (less than 10 %)
  • Blocked nose (less than 10 %)
  • Diarrhea (approximately 5 %)

 

Course of disease: The course of the disease is non-specific, diverse and varies strongly. Hence, a general statement on a “typical” course of the disease is not possible. It is estimated that in more than 80% of cases the course of the disease is mild to moderate.

 

People with a high risk for a severe course of the disease:

  • Elderly people (the risk of a severe course of the disease increases constantly for people from ca. 50 to 60 years of age)
  • Smokers
  • Persons with specific underlying health conditions:
    • Concerning the heart (e.g., coronary heart disease),
    • Concerning the lungs (e.g., asthma, chronic respiratory disease),
    • Patients with a chronic liver disease,
    • Patients with diabetes mellitus,
    • Patients with carcinosis (cancer),
    • Immunocompromised patients (e.g., due to a disease which is accompanied by a weak immune system or due to pharmaceuticals like cortisone (Cortison) that suppress the immune system).

 

Incubation time: ca. 5–6 days (max. up to 14 days)

Source: RKI, 13.03.2020 (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Steckbrief.html)

 

Recommended Actions to avoid an infection:

  • Minimum distance (1 – 2 meters to sick persons)
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette (keep nose and mouth covered with flexed elbow)
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water
  • Avoid physical contact (no handshake, no embracing)
  • Keep calm

 

 2.       Actions by the German Federal Government and the State Government of Rhineland-Palatinate

 

The German Federal Government and the 16 State Governments took very strict measures to stop the corona virus on 22nd March 2020. These contact restrictions have been extended until 23rd June 2020 and are to be continued. Nevertheless, the State Governments decided to impose gradually relaxations of the measures taken to stop the spread of the corona virus.:

General protective Measures:

  • Members of the public are required to reduce close and long contacts with people other than the members of their own household to an absolute minimum. In public places, people must continue to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and others and should wear a face mask. If possible meetings should take place in the open. People suffering from a respiratory illness should stay at home.
  • As of now 10 persons are allowed to meet. It is even allowed to meet with a higher number of persons if they are staying in two households in maximum. That means: In case more than 10 persons are staying in two households together, they are allowed to meet.
  • It is compulsory to wear a face mask in the public when meeting other people e.g. in shopping facilities and when using buses and trains. Children up to 6 years are exempt from the obligation to wear a face mask.

Meetings, Events and Gatherings:

  • There are special rules for meetings and events having a permission from the respective authorities: Up to 250 persons are allowed to meet in the open. Up to 75 persons are allowed to meet indoors. But, for that kind of events a permission by the authorities is needed; all participants have to wear a face mask and the organizer has to record the contact details.

Religious Worship:

  • Religious services of all denominations are allowed since the beginnig of May. But, participants have to indicate their contact details and have to wear face masks in closed rooms. It is not allowed to sing during services.

Economy:

  • Clubs and public festivals still remain closed.
  • Fairs and public festivals remain closed.
  • The following institutions are open among others provided that they take the rules of social distancing into consideration: retail enterprises, weekly markets, banks, launderettes, cybercafés, libraries, museums etc.

Catering, Food Service and Tourist Accommodation:

  • Restaurants, cafés and excursion boats are open, but they have to note the contact details of all guests. After taking a seat the guests can take off their mask.
  • Hotels, youth hostels and camping sites are open, but guests have to make a reservation and indicate their contact details.

Public Transport:

  • Public transport: On airports and in trains and busses transport users have to follow the general rules of social distancing and wear face masks.

Sports and Leisure Time:

  • It is allowed to do sports provided that the rules of social distancing are followed. In closed rooms the contact details of the participants have to be recorded for 4 weeks.
  • Zoos, botanical gardens and leisure parks are open provided that the rules of social distancing are followed.

Education and Culture: Schools, Day Care and Cultural Institutions

  • Schools are to opened again according to the Corona-hygiene-plan of 21 April 2020.
  • In case regular teaching at school is not possible, home-schooling will be offered to the pupils.
  • Day care centers offer a limited care offer. Children who are infected or are staying together with a person suffering from COVID-19 are not allowed to visit the day care.
  • Cinemas, theaters and circuses are open again provided that the rules of social distancing are followed.

Hospitals:

  • In general, it is not allowed to visit patients in hospitals apart from parents visiting their minor child, spouses and life partners, pastors and lawyers.

Quarantine for people entering Rhineland-Palatinate:

  • People entering Rhineland-Palatinate from a risk area have to home quarantine themselves for 14 days and inform the local public health office. In case they are showing indications of a sickness they have to inform the public health office without undue delay. The risk areas are published by the Robert Koch Institute (see below).

 

Measures taken by the German Federal Government:

The German Federal Government has agreed on a recovery package in order to overcome the economic crisis in Germany caused by the corona crisis (12th June 2020).

Travel relaxations and restictions:

  • The checks at internal European borders introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic will end on 15th June 2020. Specifically, travellers will no longer be checked at the borders with Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark. Border control for air travel from Spain will end in both countries on 21st June 2020.
    This decision means that travellers from other EU countries will no longer need a valid reason for entering Germany. This also applies to entries from the Schengen associated countries, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, as well as entries from the United Kingdom. However, for tourism and other travel, the information and warnings published by the Federal Foreign Office apply.
  • The travel warning of the Federal Foreign Office remains in force for travels to non-European countries until 31st August 2020

Risk areas according to the Robert Koch Institute: Persons entering Rhineland-Palatinate, who have spent time in a risk area at any specific period within 14 days prior to entry, have to quarantine themself and inform the local public health office.

Here you can find the website of risk areas (at the bottom of the page you can find a pdf with the list of the risk areas in English).

Please note: The Federal Government examines, on an ongoing basis, the extent to which areas are to be classified as risk areas. As a result, this list can be modified at short notice and, above all, may be extended. Directly before embarking on your journey, please check whether you have spent time in one of these areas in the last 14 days before entering Germany. Should this be the case, you are subject to home quarantine.

 

 3.       Actions by the University of Koblenz-Landau

 

In-person contact will be completely stopped in all areas (administrative and academic) and interactions will take place only via email and/or phone. This also includes ceasing all public operations of the university’s library and sporting events as well as the students’ canteen (Mensa) and the cafeteria.

These measures will remain in effect until they are overridden by university management or a higher governing body (for example, MWWK (the Ministry of Education) and are only intended to overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Lecture period summer semester 2020

The Orientation Days for first-semester students have been canceled. The start of the lecture period has been postponed to 20th April 2020.

The summer semester 2020 takes place online. A large number of lectures and seminars will be provided digitally. In cases where this is not possible, teachers will look for alternatives.

Please, be aware that you still need to register for the modules in KLIPS, including lab courses!

Please, also make sure you are registered for exams which were scheduled for winter semester 2019/20 and had to be postponed!

Studierendenwerk plans to offer a take-away service from 27th April 2020. Stay updated on their website.

 

University Library

The library will be open again from 27th April 2020 with reduced access to the building. A mask must be worn when entering the library. Please, adhere to the hygiene precautions.

Further e-book packages are available.

In parts, literature can be accessed from home:
https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/de/bibliothek/suchenfinden/e-medien/e-books_aktuell

Interlending of essays is possible again.

The staff is available for you rquestions:

- UB Koblenz: bibliothek@uni-koblenz.de ||. 0261 287 1440 or 0261 287 1441
- UB Landau: ausleihelandau@uni-koblenz-landau.de ||. 06341 280 31650

 

Information by the Examinations Office on exams, papers, master theses

24th April 2020

Exams

- Exams can take place from 4th May 2020. Exams from the winter semester 2019/20, which had to be postponed, take priority over other exams.
- Individual exams, i.e., one student is examined at a time, are possible from 27th April 2020.
- The rules of hygiene and distance regulation need to be followed.

- There are no general registration or exam phases for exams which had to be postponed as a consequence of the Corona pandemic. The institutes can define these individually.
- Students need to be given four weeks preparation time. Shorter lead times can be discussed individually if required.

- Deadline extension for papers and master theses have to be applied for with the Examinations Office. The Examination Rules and Regulations apply.

- For theses and papers, which have been worked on during 16th March and 24th April 2020, further individual deadline extensions can be favorably considered by the Examinations Office after consulting the board of examiners.

- It is, currently, not possible to view exams/files. The Examinations Office will inform you once a solution has been found.


Handing in papers/theses

- Since the Examinations Office is still closed to visitors, papers and theses can be handed electronically. Please mind, you additionally need to send a hardcopy, which can be archived, to the Examinations Office by postal mail or put it into their letter box.

- In case you do not hand in your thesis or paper electronically, please the number of hardcopies which is required by your program’s Examination Rules and Regulations. The hardcopies can be handed in by postal mail to the Examinations Office or put it into the Office’s letterbox directly. The letter box is emptied daily.

Certificates

- Certificates that are ready to be collected will be sent to you by postal mail, even if you have not handed in a self-addressed envelope!

-Make sure you have provided your current valid postal address to the university (in KLIPS or via the Registration Office).


Transcripts of records/Confirmations of Completion/Confirmation that no exam has been finally failed (Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung)

- The documents can as of now be issued  by e-mail.

18th March 2020

Bachelor- and mastertheses, papers (Hausarbeiten), portfolios etc.

Editing times and deadlines for handing in theses, papers and portfolios, etc. can be extended non-bureaucratically if necessary.

Please, mind first the examinations regulations that apply for your degree program.

Prolongations of deadlines need to be applied for at the Examinations Office by e-mail.

In case the interferences by the current situation are so severe that theses, paper etc. cannot be finished despite an extension of the deadline, the Examinations Office facilitates a non-bureaucratic withdrawal from an exam. In that case, please de-register from the respective exam yourself in KLIPS and inform your examiner by e-mail about the withdrawal.

The regulations concerning the deadlines for withdrawing from an exam as specified in the examination regulations are currently suspended. Withdrawals are currently possible until one day before the exam takes place.

Case-by-case decisions will principally be taken by the Examinations Office in consultation with the boards of examiners. Please, contact the Examinations Office!

If the de-registration is not possible in KLIPS, please contact the Examinations Office by e-mail.

 

Registering the master thesis

The editing time for theses has not been prolonged as it is not clear as of now whether the Corona-related restrictions will remain in active after 20th April 2020. Case-by-case decisions can be possible if the restrictions remain active after 20th April 2020.

In case of an overall prolongation of the editing times and deadlines, the Examinations Office will inform the students by round-mail in due time.

 

Special regulation for handing in master thesis

-To avoid personal contact, all signatures that are required for registering a thesis can be accepted digitally (scanned documents etc.).

-When you have gathered all relevant signatures digitally, you need to send the thesis registration form (Anmeldevordruck) without delay to the Examinations Office (by e-mail or postal mail).

-To keep the deadline for handing in the thesis, it can be handed in electronically as a PDF to the Examinations Office as of now, which is strongly recommended. Both supervisors (Gutachter) must be copied in that e-mail.

- The Examinations Office will send a confirmation of receipt as quickly as possible.

- The Examination Office, explicitly, reserves the right to demand an analog hardcopy of the thesis, which can be archived, at a later date. 

 

Exams

The Presidents of the universities in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate have discussed the current situation (17th March 2020) and agreed to suspend all exams which had been scheduled for 18th March 2020 or later.

The Examinations Office will inform you about new exam dates at least two weeks in advance.

Exams will remain “open” (“offen”) in KLIPS.

In case you find that you cannot attend an exam when the new examination dates have been published, please contact the Examinations Office concerning a withdrawal!

 

Certificates

Certificates that are ready to be collected will be sent to you by postal mail, even if you have not handed in a self-addressed envelope!

Please, return to the Examinations Office the signed confirmation of receipt and the signed instructions on retention periods! 

 

Information on exams and contact details for students on campus Koblenz are updated here (in German):

https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/de/uni/organisation/verwaltung/abteilungen/abt-3/hsp-ko

Information on exams and contact details for students on campus Landau are updated here (in German):

https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/de/uni/organisation/verwaltung/abteilungen/abt-3/hsp-ld/ref-l31-hochschulpruefungsamt

 

Please, stay updated by reading the relevant official websites accordingly!

Official and verified information by administrative and governmental institutions are available on the following websites

 

Federal Foreign Office: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/coronavirus/2317268

Ministry for Migration, Refugees and Integration: https://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/ib-de/service/fragen-und-antworten/1731242-1731242?id=01-Intro-en

Town of Koblenz: https://www.koblenz.de/aktuelles/coronavirus/corona-virus-english/

Town of Landau: https://www.landau.de/Start/Coronavirus-latest-information-and-updates-in-English.php?object=tx,2644.5&ModID=7&FID=2644.4844.1

Robert Koch-Institute: https://www.rki.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html

WHO: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus