Update #6 COVID-19
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Today, 5 March 2020, the South Limburg Municipal Health Service (GGD Zuid-Limburg) determined that a UM employee living in Germany has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The employee of the Faculty of Science and Engineering stayed at home as a precaution after the infection was suspected to have occurred in Germany. At that time, the employee had no complaints. According to the Municipal Health Service (GGD), chances of students and employees becoming infected are therefore very small.
Last week, the employee was present at the university on one day, Wednesday 26 February. At that time, there were no symptoms of illness such as a cold or fever. Incidentally, no education was provided by the staff member on that day and there was no contact with students. However, the employee was in contact with three colleagues. These colleagues do not show any complaints. According to the GGD, the chance that they have been infected, or have infected others, is very small. For this reason they do not need to be monitored by the GGD and can simply go to work. In order to rule out any possible risks, UM has asked the three colleagues to work from home. As of today, they will work from home until the incubation period has expired. The GGD will closely monitor the situation.
The Executive Board would like to express its appreciation for the responsible manner in which the employee has acted. At the time that contamination was suspected through contacts in Germany, the employee chose to stay at home and be tested, even before there were any symptoms of illness. Thus, the potential risk of infection for students and staff has been very limited.
The content of this message was checked and confirmed by the GGD. Should they report a change in the situation that may be of importance to students and staff, we will communicate this as soon as possible.