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Information for students about the coronavirus

We have bundled the most important information about the coronavirus for you - student in the South of Limburg - on this special page because you too have an important role to play. Discover how, together with your co-students, you can help to control the virus. Our chance of greater freedom will only increase if we all follow the basic rules.
 

Will you help us to control the virus?

The new study year is about to start.

Introduction week and getting to know one another will take place differently this year: mainly digitally, and physically in small groups. This is necessary in order to keep the virus under control. The sooner we do this, the sooner we will be able to relax the measures. This is where you have an important role to play. 

How? By complying with the following measures that will stop the virus from spreading: 

  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and get yourself tested.
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, then dry your hands properly.
  • Coughs and sneezes in your elbow.
  • If you need to blow your nose, use paper tissues and then throw them away.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Follow further instructions issued by your college.

Do you have symptoms? Stay at home and get yourself tested!

  • Do you have one or more symptoms? Get yourself tested free of charge.
  • See here for symptoms that make you eligible for a test. 
  • If you have any doubts or if you want to make an appointment for a test, call the Corona information line GGD Zuid Limburg (Public Health Service).
  • The information line can be reached 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm.

088 – 880 5005

Addres for testing
 

  • For information about all our Testing Locations click here.

Wait at home for the result

Maintain at least 1.5 metres distance from your room-mates. Avoid contact with others. Sitting in your garden or on your balcony is permitted.

Did you travel to the Netherlands from a high-risk country (coded orange/red)? Make an appointment for a test.

Did you travel to the Netherlands from a high-risk country (coded orange/red)? Make an appointment for a test.

Did you travel to the Netherlands from a high-risk country (coded orange or red) because you were living there or you spent a vacation there? Arrange to have a test by calling the Corona information line, 088-8805005, even if you do not (yet) have any symptoms. This will help us to stop the virus from spreading at an early stage. Upon arriving in the Netherlands, you will immediately spend 10 days in quarantine and you will only go outside for the test. See the FAQ to find out what quarantine will mean for you.

Test result

Test result

Have you been tested? Usually a GGD employee will call you the next day, via telephone number 088-8805005, to let you know your test result. If you haven't heard anything after 48 hours, then you can call this number yourself to ask for your test result. Simply call our Corona information line GGD Zuid Limburg, 088–8805005.

  • Did you test positive? Then you have corona. You must continue to obey the rules: stay at home, do not admit visitors and maintain 1.5 metres distance from others. Your room-mates must also stay at home. This is what quarantine means. The GGD (Public Health Service) will contact you to discuss the ground rules and to initiate the contact tracing. This means you will be asked for a list of your contacts during the past few days. More information about the contact tracing is provided below.
     
  • Did you test negative? This means you did not have corona at the moment you were tested. You no longer need to stay at home, unless you have been in contact with a corona patient or if you travelled from a high-risk country (coded red or orange). If this is the case, then you must remain at home during the remainder of the 10-day period of quarantine.

How does contact tracing work?

How does contact tracing work?

If a GGD employee phones to say your test result is positive, then contact tracing will start immediately. Together with you, the GGD employee will try to determine where you became infected and who your contacts were during the period in which you were contagious. The ground rules will also be discussed with you.

You will isolate yourself for a least 7 days after the first day on which your symptoms started, and until you have been free of symptoms for at least 24 hours. See also the letter about the home situation of patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The GGD employee will also phone room-mates and close contacts in order to discuss the ground rules with them. They need to watch out for possible symptoms and, if they do develop symptoms, get themselves tested. Furthermore, they will go into quarantine for 10 days after the last time they had high-risk contact with you. See also the letter for room-mates of a patient who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Importance of the Source and Contact Investigation

It is important to cooperate with the contact tracing. This will give us the best chance of stopping the virus from spreading. After all, your room-mates and close contacts will not be able to infect anyone else if they go into quarantine, and together we will be able to keep the virus under control. Only then will we be able to enjoy greater freedom.

People who themselves have or develop (mild) symptoms after being in contact with a person who has tested positive should call the Corona information line GGD Zuid Limburg.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

For which symptoms should I get tested?

You can get tested if you have one or more symptoms that are consistent with an infection with the coronavirus.

  • Mild symptoms: nasal catarrh symptoms, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat, coughing, a high temperature or sudden loss of sense of taste or smell. Get yourself tested and stay at home until the results are known. Make an appointment by calling the Corona information line GGD Zuid Limburg: 088 - 880 5005.
  • Severe symptoms: Shortness of breath and/or fever (higher than 38 °C) or if you feel increasingly poorly. Call your GP or medical centre immediately.
What should I do if I have to self-isolate?

If a GGD employee phones to say your test result is positive, you need to self-isolate. Together with you, the GGD employee will try to determine where you became infected and who your contacts were during the period in which you were contagious. The ground rules specific to your living situation (living at home or in a student house) will be discussed with you. See also the letter about the home situation of patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.

What should I do if I have to go into quarantine?

When you're a room-mate or close contact of a patient who has tested positive for Covid-19, you have to go into quarantine for 10 days. A GGD employee phones you to discuss the ground rules specific to your living situation (living at home or in a student house). See also the letter for room-mates of a patient who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Travellers arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions are also strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for COVID-19. Do you want to discuss the ground rules with one of the GGD employees? Call the Corona information line GGD Zuid Limburg: 088 - 880 5005.

Government information for students

See frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and education on the Government’s website. There you will find answers to such questions as:

  • Can I physically attend college during the new study year?
  • Will I be able to attend all classes in the new study year, just as in the past?
  • Will there be time slots for lessons during the new study year?
  • What is the best way to get to college during the new study year?
  • Will the introduction week for my course take place?
  • Will initiation rituals of my students’ union still take place?
  • Are students allowed to get together on the campus, e.g. in libraries or in small groups?
     

Download communication material students

Are you a student, professional or citizen and do you want to disseminate this important information among students? If you do, download the communication material developed by the GGD Zuid Limburg: advertisementposter without crop marks, poster with crop marksformat facebook/instagram, .gif for websites, .gif for social mediaQR-code.