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Attending DCU 2020/21: Everything Students Need To Know

COVID-19 Advice

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Advice and Information

The most up to date information and advice is being provided by the HSE and the Department of Health. All students can keep up to date on the developing situation from these sources.

Click here for the latest HSE COVID 19 information.

Click here for the latest Dept of Health COVID-19 information.

Face coverings are required in all public spaces in all University buildings.
 

Symptoms

It is important that everyone knows the symptoms of COVID-19 and monitors closely their own health and well-being. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should immediately self-isolate and contact your GP.

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COVID Response Guidelines and FAQs

Do not come to campus. Contact your GP or the Student Health Centre and follow advice.

If you are referred for a COVID test you will be instructed to self-isolate until advised otherwise by GP/HSE.

Contact the DCU COVID Helpline on 01-7007019 or by email dcucovid.helpline@dcu.ie and provide details such as student number,mobile number, name and year of programme, last date when you were on campus. Also inform your Programme Chair.

Out-of-hours, in Dublin North please call D-Doc at Freephone 1850 224477.

Do not come to campus.  Follow the instructions of the HSE public health team and self-isolate. Tell everyone in your household that you have tested positive and that they must now restrict their movements. 

Provide details of your close contacts to HSE.

Follow HSE advice and self-isolate until you have had no fever for 5 days and it is at least 10 days since the first symptoms developed.

Contact the DCU COVID Helpline on 01-7007019 or by email dcucovid.helpline@dcu.ie and provide details such as student number, mobile number, name and year of programme, last date when you were on campus.

If you are living in DCU Campus Res Accommodation, please also contact Camp Res.  The main number, which is staffed by the team, 7 days per week, 10am - 6pm is :  01 – 7005736 or Email: campus.residences@dcu.ie.  Camp Res will aim to provide you with all reasonable requests for support within their capabilities.

The text message the patient will receive from the HSE if he/she tests positive is as follows

This number was used for the COVID-19 test of [Given Name], age [Age Years], taken on [date of test]. That test was positive (COVID-19 virus found).

[Given name] must self-isolate now. This means (Given name) must stay at home and avoid other people for 10 days. There is a high-risk [Given name] could spread the virus to other people. If [Given name] needs care and is unable to self-isolate, one person should be nominated to care for [Given name].

Please tell everyone in [Given name]’s household that they must now restrict their movements. There is a chance they could have or develop COVID-19.

The HSE will phone [given name] on this number within 2 days to collect the names and mobile numbers of [Given name]’s close contacts. The HSE will arrange COVID-19 testing for their contacts ASAP. They should call a GP for a COVID-19 test ONLY if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Read more about what [Given name] needs to do now: https://hse.ie/cvdpos

Do not come to campus.  Follow the instructions of your GP or Student Health Centre and self-isolate in your room. Tell everyone in your household that you have been referred for testing and that they must now restrict their movements. 

Contact the DCU COVID Helpline on 01-7007019 or by email dcucovid.helpline@dcu.ie and provide details such as student number, mobile number, name and year of programme, last date when you were on campus.

If you are living in DCU Campus Res Accommodation, please also contact Camp Res.  The main number, which is staffed by the team, 7 days per week, 10am - 6pm is :  01 – 7005736 or Email: campus.residences@dcu.ie Camp Res will aim to provide you with all reasonable requests for support within their capabilities.

Immediately notify the DCU COVID Helpline and your housemates when results are made available to you.  Follow public health advice.

Do not come to campus until 48 hrs without symptoms.

Return to normal activities once you’ve passed 48 hours without symptoms.

Contact the DCU COVID Helpline on 01-7007019 or by email dcucovid.helpline@dcu

If you are contacted by the HSE as a confirmed close contact, If advised, restrict movements for 14 days.  Follow the HSE advice.

IF you share accommodation with a COVID-19 positive person within Campus Res or other accommodation, you are automatically considered a “close contact” and you should restrict movements for 14 days.  You will be contacted by the HSE and/or the University.

Contact the DCU COVID Helpline on 01-7007019 or by email dcucovid.helpline@dcu.  If you are living in DCU Campus Res Accommodation, please also contact Camp Res.  The main number, which is staffed by the team, 7 days per week, 10am - 6pm is :  01 – 7005736 or Email: campus.residences@dcu.ie Camp Res will aim to provide you with all reasonable requests for support within their capabilities.

If you believe you may be a close contact of someone who you know has tested positive, restrict movements for 72 hours. Do not come to campus.  If 72 hours pass and you have not been contacted by the HSE and/or DCU, you are not a close contact and can return to unrestricted movement.

If test is positive, follow the instructions of the HSE public health team and self-isolate.

IF test result returns “not detected” continue to restrict your movements for 14 days.  Only return to campus after the 14 days has passed.

You may be advised by HSE to get a 2nd Covid-19 Test. Continue to restrict your movements and follow the advice of the HSE. Stay away from campus until you are advised that it is safe to return.

Contact the DCU COVID Helpline on 01-7007019 or by email dcucovid.helpline@dcu.  If you are living in DCU Campus Res Accommodation, please also contact Campus Res.  The main number, which is staffed by the team, 7 days per week, 10am - 6pm is :  01 – 7005736 or Email: campus.residences@dcu.ie Camp Res will aim to provide you with all reasonable requests for support within their capabilities.

If you live with someone who develops symptoms of covid-19 restrict movements for 14 days. Stay off campus. 

If you develop symptoms, contact your GP or the Student Health Centre and follow advice.  Out-of-hours, in Dublin North please call D-Doc at Freephone 1850 224477.

Everyone in a household may be advised by a GP to restrict movements or self-isolate, but not to take a test.  Do not come to campus and follow the GP advice.

Contact the DCU COVID Helpline on 01-7007019 or by email dcucovid.helpline@dcu.  If you are living in DCU Campus Res Accommodation, please also contact Campus Res.  The main number, which is staffed by the team, 7 days per week, 10am - 6pm is :  01 – 7005736 or Email: campus.residences@dcu.ie Camp Res will aim to provide you with all reasonable requests for support within their capabilities.

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. This includes the people you live with.

If you live with other people, stay on your own in a room with a window you can open, if possible.  Use a different bathroom to others in your household, if possible.  If possible, have someone leave your food at your bedroom door.  When you have finished, leave everything at the door.  Use disposable plates, cups etc

Additional advice is provided here

Restricting your movements means staying at home or in your apartment to avoid contact with other people. 

Restricting your movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.  Do not go to college or work. Do not use public transport or have visitors in your home. Do not visit others. Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless it's absolutely necessary - where possible, order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off.  You can go outside to exercise by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres from other people.

If you are a close contact of a confirmed case you have to restrict your movements for 14 days even if your test comes back negative. This is because it can take up to 14 days for the virus to show up in your system after you have been exposed to it.

Additional advice is available here


Isolation Rooms

If you are on-campus when you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you should - if you can - go home immediately and contact your GP. If you cannot go home you can go to one of the COVID-19 isolation rooms on campus.

The following spaces are designated isolation rooms for students:

  • DCU Glasnevin Campus
    Student Health Centre, Henry Grattan Building.
    Phone: 01 700 5143 / 5766
     
  • DCU St Patrick's Campus
    Student Health Centre, Block A.
    Phone: 01 700 9215
     
  • DCU All Hallows Campus
    Room PG08 in Purcell House  - as there is no student Health Centre in AHC, please contact the Glasnevin Health Centre at 01 700 5143 / 5766.
     

The Health Centre will facilitate contact of a student’s GP and/or the HSE and assist with subsequent directives. Please add these numbers to your contacts list:

  • Outside of normal working hours and weekends – you can contact D-Doc North Dublin (The HSE’s out of hours GP service for North Dublin) at 1850 22 44 77

Contact Tracing

In order to facilitate contact tracing, DCU requests all members of its community including students to download the HSE COVID-19 Tracker App and to use the symptom checker on the App on a daily basis. More information about how to app works is available here.

By using the app students will:

  • be alerted if they have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • be able to track any symptoms they have and get advice on what to do to protect themselves and others
  • be able to anonymously warn other app users that they were in close contact with, if they test positive for coronavirus