Procedure for COVID-19 Infections

Fact Sheet for UZH Students (Status: 12 January 2022)

Procedure for (Suspected) Cases of COVID-19 or after Regular Close Contact with an Infected Person

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UZH, all persons, incl. students, are required to stay away from UZH if they:

  • become infected with coronavirus or
  • develop symptoms1 that point to a COVID-19 infection or
  • have been in regular close contact with someone infected with coronavirus. In case of of regular close contact, you must subsequently go into contact quarantine. Quarantine is limited to persons who live in the same household or have had similar regular and close contact with a person who has tested positive. This excludes persons who received their last vaccine dose less than four months ago or who have recovered less than four months ago.

For more information, see the relevant section on the FOPH website (“I have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid. Do I have to go into quarantine?”).

Are you experiencing symptoms of illness?

  • Call your GP or the canton’s medical hotline (phone 0800 33 66 55) to discuss the next steps. They will advise you and if necessary ask you to get tested at one of the official testing sites.
  • If your test comes back positive, you must continue to isolate: The relevant cantonal authorities (cantonal medical service) will get in touch with you and provide further information and instructions (see section on contact tracing below). As a rule, infected persons may only return to their workplace or place of study if they have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours. At least 5 days must have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • If the test is negative, you must also stay at home. You may come out of isolation 24 hours after the symptoms subside
  • If you do not get tested for coronavirus, you must adhere to the same rules as for a positive test.
  • Cancelling your participation in courses or exams must be done in the usual ways as specified by the faculties.
  • If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 while you are at UZH, you must self-isolate immediately: Put on a face mask and leave UZH premises straight away. (If you do not have a mask with you, the university’s medical service can provide you with one via the UZH ServiceCenter 044 635 41 41).

Have you been in close contact (at university or in private) with someone who has been infected?

  • If you have been in contact with someone who has been infected, you must go into quarantine1: Leave UZH premises straight away and stay at home.

You can be exempt from quarantining if certain criteria are met. For more information, see the relevant section on the FOPH website (“I have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid. Do I have to go into quarantine?”)..

Follow the instructions of the cantonal medical service and contact your family doctor/GP or the canton’s medical hotline (0800 33 66 55) as soon as you experience any symptoms.

More information about quarantine, self-isolation and contact tracing is available on the website of the FOPH1.

Responsibilities of students with symptoms

There is no obligation for students to report their (suspected) infection to UZH.

Contact tracing in the event of COVID-19 infection among UZH students

  • If a test is positive, contact tracing is carried out by the relevant cantonal service (cantonal medical service) with the help of the infected student and involves identifying everyone who needs to go into quarantine.
  • UZH will not carry out contact tracing itself (due to personality rights). This is done exclusively by the relevant cantonal service (cantonal medical service).
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with the infected employee will be notified by the relevant cantonal service (cantonal medical service) and instructed to go into quarantine.

References

1 An up-to-date list of COVID-19 symptoms and more information about quarantine, isolation and contact tracing is available on the website of the FOPH:
FOPH: Isolation und quarantine