Update #8 COVID-19
We are constantly monitoring the situation at UM and are closely following the recommendations of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD).
PLEASE NOTE: these updates may contain outdated information. Please read the latest information.
There are now two telephone helpdesks: one for employees and one for students. Both are regularly consulted. We are constantly monitoring the situation at UM and are closely following the recommendations of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD). On that basis, we currently see no reason to cancel courses or major events.
No new positive tests within the UM community
Since last week, there have been no new positive test results among students and staff. That means that there is still only one employee who has tested positive for the virus. This employee had no opportunities to infect any students and, according to the GGD, in all probability did not infect any employees either. However, three of the employee’s colleagues are currently working from home as a precaution.
As of 9 March, 26 students who have visited a risk area are showing symptoms. These students are closely monitored. The university has daily contact with them by telephone.
Five Students have tested negatively for the virus as of 9 March, that is to say they have not been infected with COVID-19.
When should you be cautious?
The guidelines are as follows:
- Do you have a cold or a fever
- Have you recently returned from a risk area* OR have you had contact with a patient confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 in the last two weeks?
Then please stay home until 24 hours after your symptoms have disappeared!
If the symptoms worsen and you also develop a fever, or if you develop a cold with a fever, please contact your doctor immediately by telephone.
*BEWARE: The so-called orange and red areas – those defined as risk areas – keep changing. This can refer to entire countries but also specific regions. The latest statement from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs includes:
- (parts of) South Korea
- The provinces of Northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Emiglia Romagna, Piedmont, Aosta Valley, Trentino-South Tyrol, Friuli-Julian-Venice and Liguria). (NOTE: on 10 March this was changed to Italy in its entirety)
The municipality of Gangelt, Germany, has been added as a risk area by the Executive Board.
Keep an eye on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Dutch only) for the latest information.
Students and staff from the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant are urged to follow the RIVM advice to stay at home if they have a cold, cough or fever.
Inform the helpdesk if you stay at home
Please inform UM if you stay at home for any of the above reasons and keep us updated on your situation and health.
UM helpdesk for employees: +31 6 38303132 (Monday–Friday: 08.30–17.00 and Saturday–Sunday: 10.00–16.00).
UM helpdesk for students: +31 43 388 5388 (Monday–Friday: 08.30–17.00 and Saturday–Sunday: 10.00–16.00), email: study[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.
On the RIVM website, you will find the most reliable and up-to-date information regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19). You can also view the most frequently asked questions and answers about the coronavirus on the RIVM website.