CEITEC MU: Coronavirus Updates

23. Mar. 2020

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All information from CEITEC Masaryk University and Masaryk University on the coronavirus epidemic in one place. You will find our measures, research news, and other activities that we are doing in order to beat the coronavirus.

Read information for citizens on the coronavirus here.

If you need any help, please look here

What Are We Doing Against Coronavirus at CEITEC?

COVID-19 epidemic in the Czech Republic

  • COVID-19 information hotline (dial 1221) is also available in English from anywhere in the Czech Republic on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Laboratories will inform the patient of a positive COVID-19 test result electronically. 
  • We also recommend that you download the eRouška mobile application, which will facilitate the search for people at risk of coronavirus infection in the Czech Republic within the Smart Quarantine system. 

The state of emergency in the Czech Republic declared due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, will now be in effect until 28 February 2021. 

The Ministry of Health, in response to unfavourable trends in the COVID-19 epidemic, has come up with an extraordinary anti-epidemic measure that, from Thursday, 25 February, stipulates for persons over 15 years of age the duty to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve with a filtration effectiveness of at least 95% in accordance with the relevant standards (e.g. FFP2/KN 95) or two medical facemasks, one on top of the other, in the indoor space of retail outlets, service provision outlets, international airports, public transport, including platforms and waiting rooms and in motor vehicles, provided persons from one household are not travelling in them.

CEITEC Masaryk University Measures

We have prepared for you a practical manual What to do if, where you can clearly and easily find out how to orientate in the situations related to coronavirus, which has to be evidenced in the Prevention application at Masaryk University.

Are you a foreigner? Click here to check all updates relevant for foreigners staying in the Czech Republic and at CEITEC MU.

1) We remind everyone of the existing measures at Masaryk University and CEITEC MU

2) We strongly recommend to everyone, but in particular those not in full home office mode, to undertake free antigene SARS-CoV-2 test available once in 3 days to every person covered by public health insurance in the Czech Republic, i.e. also to every person employed at CEITEC MU or registered as a student at Masaryk University. More information here. (CZ only)

Testing sites offering this opportunity may be found namely at:

Starting from Monday 22 February your supervisors may ask you to provide information on testing and its results, and respectively advice to consider undergoing testing unless you did you already. Please also note that in case of a positive test result, you are bound the university regulation to report the result and refrain from entering CEITEC MU or Masaryk University premises.

Your supervisors are also hereby asked to allow you time necessary for undertaking a test according to a reservation time if this happens to be during your working hours.

3) All supervisors at individual worksites are asked to reconsider and possibly extend use of home office mode, subject to conditions of the worksite. Within administration, a coordinated effort in this respect is being led by deputy director for administration with heads of administrative departments.

4) Everyone present at CEITEC MU premises is strongly recommended to use an FFP2 (or KN95) respirator while at work. At the present moment, we are not in position to offer a free supply of these items but the Government has eased a tax duty on the items and it will anyway be a duty to wear it under certain circumstances such as shops or public transport from next week under a national emergency order.

MU is operating following the university traffic-light system. The risk assessment level is currently RED. The measures at our institute are now as follows:

- All buildings are closed to the public, employees, and students. Buildings are only accessible to facility and laboratory management staff, to people who ensure remote classes, and to students of programmes for which the government has allowed in-person classes or exams.
- Most examinations will be administered online. A maximum of 10 people can take in-person exams at once.
- Most EU nationals must enter the country with a negative test or get tested upon arrival. See details for students and employees and current restrictions in force in the Czech Republic due to the state of emergency.
- Students and employees must report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been required to go into quarantine. 
- People with symptoms of infectious viral infections are prohibited from entering MU buildings. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, use this app.

Below, please find the most important rules to be followed:

  • only employees (and students employed by MU) can enter the workplace;  
  • activities that can be performed from home will be performed from home, and if it is not possible, they will be performed by an employee at the workplace while observing all hygienic rules;   
  • it is recommended to limit the number of employees in the workplace in order to reduce the frequency of mutual contacts, e.g. by dividing them into small working groups or, adjusting the working hours;  
  • all employees are obliged to wear face masks in all indoor spaces and in the rooms where there are 2 or more individuals together; 
  • it is recommended limiting joint meetings in the common areas of the buildings, especially, in cases that do not require wearing a face mask  (e.g. consumption of food and beverages); 
  • meetings, if possible, will be realised online;  
  • it is not allowed to realise domestic and foreign business trips – only urgent business trips may be realised, based on the decision of the supervisor;  
  • the public is not allowed to enter the Masaryk University buildings (the exception is the provision of necessary services, deliveries of goods and services, and realisation of supplier-customer relationships);  
  • measurement performed in the Core Facilities – if possible, it is currently appropriate to opt for the "remote access" form. If this is not possible, the measurement can take place as usually, provided all hygienic rules (face masks, washing and sanitising hands, keeping the safe distance) are strictly followed;  
  • make sure that you strictly observe all preventive measures – safe distance, washing and disinfection of hands.  

Updates on the COVID-19 situation can be found here and here.

​The list of places in Brno where individuals can get tested (private payers), you can find here

The list of all places in the Czech Republic where individuals can get tested, you cand find here (Czech version only). 

The latest information on travels in the EU countries with respect to COVID-19 can be found here and here

In case of any questions do not hesitate to contact us at emergency@ceitec.muni.cz.

Masaryk University Measures

University measures taken regarding COVID-19:

  • Operation of MU follows a university traffic-light system, whose rating is currently RED. Restrictions follow government measures.
  • All buildings are closed to students, staff and the public. Exceptions include students of general medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other medical disciplines and persons providing necessary operation of buildings, laboratories or remote teaching.
  • Starting 12 October, teaching follows guideline no. 2/2020 (English version will follow soon) and current governmental restrictions.
  • The exams are held remotely, with an exception for final state exams which may take place in-person.
  • Students and staff must immediately report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are required to go into quarantine. 
  • People with symptoms of an infectious viral disease are prohibited from entering MU buildings (shortness of breath, fever, dry cough, sudden loss of taste and smell).
  • See details on entering the country for students and employees and current restrictions in the country due to the 30-day state of emergency that starts on 5 October.

Please get acquainted with the Decision of the Rector of Masaryk University No. 9/2020 – Emergency Measures in Response to the Risk of COVID-19 Infection

According to his decision, each employee is obliged to report his/her own positive test or contact with an infected or risky person in the newly created internal application (available only in Czech, with the English version expected to be finalised by Monday 5 October 2020, at the latest). This application enables the registration of the extent to which the COVID-19 disease is at the university – it guides employees through the situation and how to trace all of their subsequent contacts, then sends a message with recommendations for further actions. Thank you for following all of the prescribed procedures.

For more information, please visit  Masaryk University portal on the situation regarding coronavirus at the university

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