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COVID-19: Test requirement on entry to SDU when reopening from 6 April 2021

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has now laid down detailed rules for COVID-19 testing, and SDU's management is therefore updating the information to students and staff.

On March 29, SDU's management informed you about the plans for a gradual and controlled reopening of SDU, which will take effect on 6 April 2021.

(MitSDU.dk for students:
https://mitsdu.dk/en/service/coronavirus/coronavirus-update/coronavirus-update-290321
and SDUnet.dk for employees:
https://sdunet.dk/en/personale/arbejdsmiljoe/coronavirus/coronavirus-update/coronavirus-update-290321).

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has now laid down detailed rules for COVID-19 testing, and SDU's management is therefore updating the information to students and staff.

Test – requirement for documentation of negative COVID-19 test
From 6 April 2021, students and staff who show up physically at SDU must be able to document that within the last 72 hours – but no more than twice evenly over the last seven days – they have taken an antigen test or a PCR test and tested negative for COVID-19.

The requirement for negative testing does not apply to students and staff who

  1. for medical reasons should not have a PCR or antigen test performed for COVID-19,
  2. as a result of a physical or mental disability should not have a PCR or antigen test performed for COVID-19
  3. have previously been infected with COVID-19 within a specified period of time, to the extent that they can provide evidence of a positive test result performed by PCR or antigen testing for COVID-19 and which at the time of presentation is at least 14 days and at most 12 weeks old.

If you have been vaccinated, you must follow the test guidelines for the time being.

You are not allowed to show up at SDU if you have tested positive and have not yet completed your course of illness/quarantine period.

Students and staff are responsible for getting tested.

Test facilities
Several test options are available to students and staff at SDU.

Firstly, public or private test centres can be used. Public test centres typically require that you book a slot (see www.coronaprover.dk). Private test centres (walk-in centres) typically do not require an appointment. In addition, some regional and municipal test services may offer walk-in tests (e.g. pop-up test centres). Read more at coronasmitte.dk (https://coronasmitte.dk/raad-og-regler/test-for-covid-19).

Secondly, during April, SDU will gradually build up its test capacity for rapid testing in Odense, Kolding, Sønderborg, Esbjerg and Slagelse. The test facilities at SDU are expected to be fully established as of 21 April 2021.

In Esbjerg, SDU's employees and students may use UC SYD’s test facility. In Slagelse, SDU's employees and students may use Absalon’s test facility.

From 12 April 2021 until 21 April 2021, students and employees will also be able to use a private test facility run by Carelink (Region of Southern Denmark) in Odense (at Campusvej 55) and in Esbjerg (Degnevej). Further information will follow in the week starting on 5 April (week 14).

Please note that SDU's test facilities are only a supplement to the public authorities’ test facilities. Therefore, students and staff are encouraged to use local test facilities near their place of residence.

If tested positive at SDU's test facility (rapid test), you must immediately take a PCR test and isolate until you have a negative PCR test or your course of disease/quarantine period is over.

Checks – spot checking of COVID-19 test documentation
As a result of the new rules, SDU will spot check students who show up in person at SDU to see if they can present test documentation, unless the students are exempt from the test requirement (see above).

Every student present must at all times and according to SDU's instructions present the necessary documentation in paper format or electronically (sundhed.dk or the MinSundhed app). The documentation for the COVID-19 test must include the following information:

  1. The name of the person tested, which must match the name on the person’s passport, driving licence, health insurance card or any other publicly issued ID card.
  2. The time of the test.
  3. The test result.

As a result of the new rules, SDU may order students to leave SDU's premises if they are unable to document their COVID-19 test.

SDU's management will determine the procedures for spot checks following discussions with union representatives and student representatives in the week after the Easter break.

SDU's management will provide further information on the procedures for spot checking in the week starting on 5 April (week 14).

FAQ:
The detailed guidelines for testing and inspection will continue to be updated in line with the authorities’ instructions: Please see the guidelines on mitsdu.dk for students (https://mitsdu.dk/-/media/mitsdu/filer/service/faq/testkontrol_eng_20210331.pdf) and sdunet.dk for employees (https://sdunet.dk/-/media/sdunet/filer/personale/arbejdsmiljoe/corona/testkontrol_eng_20210331.pdf).

Please see all guidelines on mitsdu.dk for students (https://mitsdu.dk/en/corona/guidelines) and sdunet.dk for employees (https://sdunet.dk/en/corona/guidelines).

Stay informed through our FAQ, which is updated regularly:

For students: https://mitsdu.dk/en/corona
For staff members: https://sdunet.dk/en/corona

Have a lovely Easter! 

Yours sincerely,
Thomas Buchvald Vind
University Director

 


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