Coronavirus update, LAB and LUT staff and students, 20 January 2022

COVID-19-UPDATE

Coronavirus update, LAB and LUT staff and students, 20 January 2022

Lappeenranta campus gym closed until 6 February

We will close the Lappeenranta campus gym due to several cases of exposure to the coronavirus. The gym will remain closed until Sunday 6 February. We will follow the development of the epidemic and inform you separately of the opening of the gym. 

Updated instructions for people infected with the coronavirus 

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has issued new instructions for those with the coronavirus disease: If you do not have underlying medical conditions that put you at risk and have mild symptoms, you can take a home test to find out if you have the coronavirus. If your home test result is positive, inform the people you have been in contact with (for over 15 minutes) up to two days before the start of symptoms. 

LAB and LUT employees may take 7 days of sick leave without a doctor's certificate. Record your sick days in the Mepco system (both on-campus and off-campus work). 

Access to testing by health care professionals depends on the capacity of your hospital district. If you are able to get tested by health care services, submit the document you receive to LUT’s HR services.

Quarantine and isolation guidelines of those infected with or exposed to COVID-19 vary between hospital districts. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare advises those infected to follow their own hospital district’s guidelines.

If you are exposed on campus

The omicron variant is transmitted more easily and faster than previous variants. This makes contact tracing significantly less effective in breaking transmission chains. On the other hand, omicron usually causes milder symptoms for those who are vaccinated and do not have underlying medical conditions. Therefore, the most effective way to slow down the spread is to stay at home if you have any symptoms at all. 

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has classified basic campus activities as low-risk. Consequently, contact tracers of hospital districts rarely contact us anymore. We will, however, continue to help them if they ask us.

To help us with exposures on campus if you are infected, please inform those you were in contact with on campus up to two days before your symptoms started. Also let your supervisor know if your illness affects your work. 

If your illness affects your studies, inform the teachers in charge of your courses. The teacher will be contacting the leader of the Covid-19 task force, if a student group has been exposed. If you need more instructions, please be in contact with Liisa-Maija Sainio (leader of the Covid-19 task force).

As of Monday 24 January, we will provide information on exposures on campus on LAB’s and LUT’s coronavirus web pages instead of mass emails:

LUT: https://www.lut.fi/web/en/coronavirus-guidelines-at-lut-university

LAB: https://elab.lab.fi/en/coronavirus-instructions-and-recommendations 

Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare guidelines on infections and exposures:

https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/symptoms-and-treatment-coronavirus/covid-19-tests-and-avoiding-contacts-in-regions-with-a-testing-and-tracing-backlog