Corona Rapid Tests on Campus

When the lectures start, the Executive Board plans to trial the use of rapid tests and self-tests (antigen tests) on campus. All those, who wish to be professionally tested, will have the opportunity to be tested by trained helpers in a rapid test centre in the Campus Foyer, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, starting Saturday, 10 April.

Starting Saturday, 10 April

The test station will be open on Saturday, 10 April, and Sunday, 11 April, from 3 to 5 pm. During the first week of lectures, the test centre will then be available on Tuesday, 13 April, and Thursday, 15 April, from 9 to 11 am. From 19 to 23 April, it will be open from 8 to 10 am.The opening hours will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as necessary to meet demand.

Registration for the test is possible from Friday, 9 April, on https://schnelltest-jena.de/fsu. After registering, an e-mail containing a QR code will be sent, which needs to shown at the test centre. After the test, result will be sent by e-mail. Following a positive rapid test result, a PCR test wil be offered at the test centre.

The test centre on campus adds to the growing number of sites in Jena offering tests. An overview of all current test centres and their opening times is available on: https://gesundheit.jena.de/de/coronavirus#942

Rapid tests do not entail any relaxation of the measures

These tests serve to support the national testing strategy for containing the third wave of COVID-19 infections. They are an additional measure and do not entail any relaxation of the measures laid down in the infection prevention plan, any changes to the plans for the semester’s schedules or any increase in the numbers of people present on campus. We continue to urge University of Jena staff to work from home wherever possible. Meetings, discussions and committee meetings should continue to be held online.

Antigen tests only detect a very high virus load in the upper airways. A negative antigen test result is only valid for a limited time. For this reason, please make sure that the use of the tests does not lead to a false sense of security. Compliance with the infection prevention plan and vaccination are the best protection against COVID-19.

Self-tests in the case of on-site teaching

For practical courses, practical sports exercises and medically indicated supervision, the University plans to provide voluntary rapid tests for students and supervisors (maximum two times per week). For legal reasons, no one will be required to have a test in order to be admitted to a course. The tests will be administered according to specific testing arrangements within the faculties.

Faculty and staff members who have to be present on site and who are exposed to a higher level of risk due to the frequency of contacts or other special circumstances will be provided with up to two self-tests per week from the start of the lecture period. These tests are voluntary. The precise start date of this measure depends on the availability of the test kits. Information on the user group and how to use the self-tests will be provided together with the tests.

In case of a positive test result

A positive result of a rapid test or self-test must always be checked by a PCR test. Only those who have been tested at a rapid test centre can have a PCR test carried out there. In case of a positive self-test result, the General Practitioner or the relevant Gesundheitsamt must be contacted. The line manager and the human resources department must also be informed, using the contact form: https://www.uni-jena.de/kontaktformular_corona_sachverhalt

Until the result of the PCR test is received, the University campus cannot be entered. If the PCR test is negative, meaning that the antigen-test was a false positive, enterinf the University campus will be allowed once again. If COVID-19 contagiousness is confirmed by the PCR test (PCR test positive), quarantine at home as ordered by the public health authority must be kept.

Constantly updated information on the situation at the University of Jena is also available in the FAQ on the coronavirus.