Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update #41, 2 June 2020
In this update, we inform you about the testing possibilities if you experience corona-like symptoms in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium and about the UM protocol that comes into effect if an infection with COVID-19 is detected during that test. In addition, we point you to a new video conferencing service that is suitable for discussing highly sensitive data (Surf Videobellen). This update also contains more information about the measures taken by the municipality in the city centre for pedestrians and cyclists as well as a link to a 'heartwarming' new article in the series We’re open!
What to do if you have corona-like symptoms? Get tested!
As of 1 June, anyone living in the Netherlands with (mild) corona-like symptoms* can be tested (free of charge!) for COVID-19 by the GGD. This can be done without a referral from a company doctor or general practitioner; you can judge for yourself whether a test is necessary. You can make an appointment for a test in your own region by calling the (national) hotline 0800-1202. There are two testing locations in Limburg: in the parking lot next to the Van der Valk hotel in Urmond and on the Nijmeegseweg in Venlo (students who have problems getting to one of these testing locations can contact their study advisor). The results of the test will follow within 24 hours. Cross-border workers living in Germany can be tested by their own GP if they experience corona-like symptoms. Cross-border workers living in Belgium can, with a referral from their GP, be tested at a local triage centre in their region.
GGD carries out source and contact tracing
If there is a positive result, the GGD will carry out source and contact tracing. Within 24 hours after a ‘positive’ result, the contact tracing will focus on identifying all of the patient’s contacts. The next step is that the GGD will inform these contacts as soon as possible about their recent contact with the patient who tested positive, give them specific advice and possibly impose measures (depending on the type of contact: e.g. roommates have to be quarantined).
Not only roommates and other close contacts are informed by the GGD, but also staff and students who spent more than 15 minutes in the same office, meeting room or classroom with the patient at a distance of more than 1.5 metres.
Collaboration across borders
For UM, this means that employees and students can be confident that they will be informed by the GGD as soon as possible if they have been at risk of being infected at UM, even if this is related to a colleague or student who tested positive and lives in Germany or Belgium, for example. The counterpart of the GGD in those countries will report to the GGD the name of any employee/student who tests positive for COVID-19, so that the GGD can contact this person to start the contact tracing for contacts that took place in the Netherlands.
The entire contact tracing process is carried out by the GGD, including informing employees and fellow students with whom a recent contact took place. The employer/educational institution is not informed about this.
Do I have to inform UM about a positive result?
Employees or students who are required by the GGD to remain in compulsory quarantine for 14 days (if they themselves, a housemate or another close contact tests positive) in principle only have to report their absence to their manager or teacher if they are expected to be present at UM during the quarantine period.
Employees who are unable to work from home due to illness should report their illness to their manager in accordance with UM's normal sick leave procedure.
For students who experience difficulties and/or a possible study delay because they or someone in their immediate environment is infected by the coronavirus/COVID-19, they should discuss this with their study adviser as soon as possible; see link https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/support/during-your-studies/student-guidance/study-advisers.
To whom can you report your results?
Reporting a positive COVID-19 test result to UM is not obligatory! However, in the interest of monitoring a safe working environment at UM, reporting this to a supervisor or study adviser is appreciated. After obtaining permission from the employee or student, they will report this to the head of UM's Occupational Health Care office via corona[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl, leaving out the employee or student’s name but stating the department/study programme that he or she is part of.
Employees or students who test positive are only allowed to return to UM after a period of at least 7 days after the symptoms start and at least 24 hours after the symptoms stop.
For more information about the source and contact tracing of the GGD, see the UM Protocol regarding COVID-19 infections.
Video conferencing for high-risk data processing
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, UM introduced two video conferencing services: Zoom and LifeSize. Both are suitable for processing data with a ‘medium’ risk classification. For research purposes, this is often not enough since the research deals with high-risk data processing, e.g. interviews with research participants. Therefore, UM is introducing a third video conferencing service that is suitable for these high-risk purposes: Surf Videobellen. If recording of the video is necessary, local recording of the conversation and storage on UM servers are added to this. Here you can find more information about using Surf Videobellen.
Safely navigating the city. This is how we do it!
When people gather together in groups, the coronavirus can quickly spread. That's why the Municipality of Maastricht has taken extra steps for pedestrians and cyclists to prevent any potentially unsafe situations from happening. More information can be found on the website of Maastricht Bereikbaar.
We’re open!: Hearttalks for terminal patients and their families
Damiën Nunes, innovation coach/trainer and service designer at UMIO and the Service Science Factory, came up with the concept for Hearttalks: family members of coronavirus patients can send verbal messages from a distance, while intimately listening to the sound of the beating heart of (terminal) patients who are unable or struggling to speak. Read the whole story in the UM series We’re open!
29 May 2020
- International exchange in fall semester 2020
- Education from 15 June
- Video about initial experiences with the pilot in the SBE building
- Martin's blog #9: Back to work in pandemic times
- We’re open!: new stories online
- UM closed during long Whitsun weekend
20 May 2020
- Pilot for working in selected UM buildings
- Emergency fund helps more than 100 students
- Next week: elections
- Student Challenge Board seeks solutions for regional corona issues
- Special projects of UM and other universities
- Martin’s blog post #8
- We're open!: How the coronavirus infects our small intestines
- UM closed during long weekend for Ascension Day
15 mei 2020
- We welcome students 'on campus' if possible, online if necessary
Continuation of online PhD defences
Webinar ‘All about (My)Maastricht’
New stories We're open! online
8 May 2020
- More room for working in UM buildings
- Requirements for starting a master’s programme in September 2020
- RIVM guidelines for working at UM
- YERUN: International cooperation on the coronavirus
- Reminder: survey for those working from home
- Creative students develop coronavirus workbook
- UM alumni share their coronavirus routines, tips, tricks, initiatives and stories
- We’re open! Make working from home work for you
- Webinar David Bernstein
1 May 2020
- Extension of temporary commuting scheme
- Working from home remains the rule, but…
- Temporary one-time payment to compensate for working from home
- Limited opening of UM buildings
- Procurement guidelines in the event of (imminent) non-performance of contracts
- University Fund – SWOL helps dozens of students
- We're open!
- UM closed on 4 and 5 May
24 April 2020
- Martin's blog post #7: The hammer and the dance
- Grant for creative UM initiatives
- Career development and training: GoodHabitz
- Job board: sign up for workers or work
- #Weareopen videos and stories
- Survey on physical activity when working from home
- King's Day: UM closed
22 April 2020
- Coronavirus measures from the Dutch government
- Elections for student and employee participation councilsWebinar
- Webinar ‘Staying psychologically fit in corona times’
- Brightlands Smart Services Campus holds hackathon
- We’re open!: interview with two Southern European students
17 April 2020
- Colouring competition for new office D&I team
Martin's blog, post number 6
Free online workshops: Dutch language skills
‘We’re Open!’ – Interview Piet Eichholtz
15 April 2020
- Alternative for INKOM 2020
- University Emergency Fund - SWOL gets started
- Leniency committee
- (Psychological) guidance for employees
- Research into COVID-19: UM conducts nationwide GP research into untested COVID-19 deaths
- We’re open! Students to the rescue
9 April 2020
- Minister aims to limit study delays
- Shining a spotlight on UM’s COVID-19 research
- University closed for long weekend
- Time for an international newspaper...
8 April 2020
- Emergency fund is in the starting blocks
- First online PhD defence
- Martin’s blog #5
- CPD Knowledge Clips
- We’re open!: Palliative care in times of the coronavirus
7 April 2020
- Crossing the German border with your UM card
- UM Job Board can still use jobs
- Nominate yourself for a representation council
6 April 2020
- Using Zoom at UM is safe
- CMT? Who are they anyway? And what do they do?
- Tips for working from home
- Are you ill? Get better and take rest!
- We are open! Online workshops at EDLAB Maastricht
- New story in story series ‘We’re open!’
3 April 2020
- Eating healthy when working from home
- UM SPORTS also keeps you fit at home!
- UM joins forces with European consortium
- The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care urgently needs help
2 April 2020
- We’re open! Elections continue
- Volunteering at MUMC+
- Positive responses to the crowdfunding campaign
1 April 2020
- Online PhD defences from 8 April
- Crowdfunding campaign for students in need
- Online Education website updated
31 March 2020
- Information for prospective students
- We are open! Take the virtual campus tour
- Video message from Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert
- New online platform for expats in Maastricht
- AON’s student insurance valid for another 8 weeks in the home country
- We are open! - Interview with FASoS lecturer Patrick Bijsmans
30 March 2020
- Work remains in progress!
- Refresh pages for an up-to-date website
- Martin’s blog, post number 4
- Out of sight is not out of mind
27 March 2020
- Only together will we get the coronavirus under control
26 March 2020
- Questions about tuition fees
- Application procedure for prospective students
- Support for employees
- Support for students
- ‘We're open!’ story series
25 March 2020
- Research grants and funding
- NWO grant rounds
- Horizon 2020 grant rounds
- Ongoing research projects
- National private funding organisations (‘collectebusfondsen’)
- Martin’s blog, post number 3
- Executive Board webinar
- Keep your workstation cyber-safe @ home
24 March 2020
- Working from home? #Howthen?
- Repatriation back to the Netherlands
- Commuting vignette Belgium
- Availability of company doctors
23 March 2020
- Warning cybercriminals and online tools
- Webinar with the Executive Board
- Martin’s blog post 2
- New story in the 'We're open’ series
- Suppliers paid faster
- English news on RTV Maastricht
- Do you have any extra time? UM task board in the making
20 March 2020
- Living in Belgium, working at UM
- Living in Belgium or Germany and social security
- The Dutch news for English speakers
- Application deadline for new students extended
- Office equipment to home office
- Repatriation of UM students and exchange students
- Repatriation of employees and PhD fellows
- UM story series 'We're open’
19 March 2020
- Postponement of Binding Study Advice possible
- Anxiety about the coronavirus - how do you deal with it?
- Initial experiences with online education
- Maintain social distance!
- Civic initiatives by students
- ‘Martin’s blog’ launched
- Belgian cross-border workers
- Additional costs
- UM online
18 March 2020
- Internships and exchanges policy
- Distance learning in periods 5 and 6
- What does the Belgian lockdown mean for UM’s cross-border workers?
- Tips for working from home
- Compensation for commuting
17 March 2020
- FAQ online
- Social initiatives
16 March 2020
- Faculty contact details for further questions
- FAQ to be published soon
- Questions about working from home
- Research with test subjects
- Academic sessions postponed
- More (general) information
15 March 2020
- Schools and day-care centres closed
- For students: university library and um buildings are closed
- Distance education
13 March 2020
- Online learning environment
- Watch the live recordings of our webinar
- Buildings are remaining open
- New guidelines for calling in sick
- Extra precautions
12 March 2020
- Proportionate, pragmatic approach
11 March 2020
9 March 2020
- No new positive tests within the UM community
- When should you be cautious?
- Inform the helpdesk if you stay at home
7 March 2020
- Any symptoms, stay home!
- RIVM advice for Brabant
5 March 2020
- First confirmed case of infection
4 March 2020
- No confirmed case of infection
- Master’s Open Day to go ahead as planned
- Exams to go ahead
- Students on exchange
- Stricter travel advice for Italy
2 March 2020
- Any symptoms? Stay home!
- Specific advice for Gangelt, Germany
- If at home, stay in touch! Keep the call centre
1 March 2020
- Do you have these symptoms, stay home
- If at home, stay in touch!
- Contact your GP
- Are you currently in a contaminated area?
26 February 2020
- Contaminated areas
- Contact information
- Information for incoming and outgoing students
29 January 2020
- First information is published on UM-website
- List of symptoms
- First precautions