Coronavirus Update

27.03.2020

The following important information has been sent to all students today from Dr Annie Doona - President, and David Smith - President Elect.

26.03.2020

Technological Higher Education Association: Statement of Academic Continuity

In line with the guidance and advice of THEA, IADT is utilising its academic governance and quality assurance structures to develop and implement the necessary changes to ensure the delivery of the curriculum and the appropriate assessment arrangements. Please see statement of Academic Continuity from THEA

25.03.2020

Statement from the Department of Education and Skills on COVID-19

IADT along with all schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.

The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

24.03.2020

Updated 19.03.2020

Updated 16.03.2020

The following message has been sent by email to all students from Presidents of Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology today.

Updated 15.03.2020

The government has announced additional measures to protect citizens by delaying the spread of COVID-19.

The general public is asked to follow this advice and keep informed of this ongoing outbreak.

Find the most up to date information and advice from the HSE here

Updated 13.03.2020

IADT campus will be closed for students from 6pm this evening (March 12th) through to March 29th (inclusive) as per Government advisory for Schools, Colleges and Universities. 

We are implementing a programme of supports for all students to mitigate against any academic impact this may have. 

Ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff and minimising the risk of spread of infection is our utmost priority.

We will communicate as more information becomes available via your student email (please ensure you have access, any problems contact: support@iadt.ie), IADT social media channels: @myiadt and this webpage. 

Updated 11.03.2020

STUDENT HEALTH CENTRE

Due to COVID-19 emergency the IADT Student Health centre is working remotely Mon-Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm, Fridays 9.30am-2pm. 

For medical issues, and if you are living at home please contact your own GP in the first instance. If you need medical records sent to your own GP this can be arranged with your permission.

Please email us at the address below.

All other students please phone 01 2394760 or email tracey.morgan@iadt.ie (admin) and cc joan.broderick@iadt.ie (nurse).  We will do our best to respond during opening hours.  Generation Health GP's can be contacted on 01 2461157. Please confirm that you are an IADT student and give your student ID Number.

All urgent medical needs in relation to COVID-19 or any other emergency please call 999/112 or COVID-19 HSE helpline 1850 24 1850

Alternatively, if more appropriate, please contact E DOC for out of hours GP service, Mon- Fri 6pm-8am and 24 hours on Sat & Sun & Bank Holidays. Please phone 01 2234 500 to make an appointment.  

Normal GP fees apply unless holder of medical card.

Updated 09.03.2020

There is an ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus that originated in China and has spread to other countries, including in Europe. The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre is monitoring the situation and updating www.hpsc.ie regularly.

Most cases of coronavirus appear to be mild, with those more severely affected already suffering underlying health conditions that leave them more vulnerable to respiratory conditions.

The safety and wellbeing of the IADT community is, and always will be, our highest priority, and we have carefully considered the official advice available to us, and our responsibility to ensure the welfare of our students, staff and visitors.  We will keep the community updated regularly as the situation changes.

Further information is available on the HSE website.  

You should also contact the HSELive 1850 241 850 if you have been:

• In contact with a person who has coronavirus

• In a hospital or healthcare centre where people are being treated for coronavirus

When you phone you will be asked:

• details of your stay

• where you were

• if you have been in contact with a person who has coronavirus

• if you have been in a hospital or healthcare centre where patients with coronavirus are being treated

• if you have symptoms of coronavirus

 

What you will need to do

If you are well and have not been in contact with coronavirus, you will be told to watch out for symptoms over the next 14 days. You can continue with your daily life and go to work/college as usual.

If you have had close contact with a person who has coronavirus, you will be monitored for 14 days. A HSE doctor will phone you daily to make sure you remain well. You will be asked to stay separate from other people as much as you can for 14 days. This includes not going to work/college.

If you have been to an affected area in the last 14 days and have a cough, fever, feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing.

DO NOT GO IN PERSON TO THE STUDENT HEALTH CENTRE / EMERGENCY DOCTOR – PHONE FIRST (01 239 4760). This is so that you do not put other people at risk.

 

Wash and dry your hands regularly with soap and water and/or alcohol based hand sanitizer for a minimum of 20 seconds and in particular:

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • after toilet use
  • before eating
  • before and after preparing food
  • if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
  • if your hands are dirty
  • if you have handled animals or animal waste

Please follow the link  here to follow hand washing technique - www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/how-to-wash-your-hands.html

For further information visit the HSE website

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illnesses. Some of these illnesses are very mild, like the common cold, while others are more severe, like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

IADT are implementing a foreign travel suspension for all staff members and students in respect of Institute business and/or attendance at conferences or visits on behalf of IADT. This current suspension is in place until 31st March 2020. 

Travel restrictions are reviewed daily based on current advisories.

Phone HSELive on 1850 24 1850 if you have been to one of the following affected areas:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Tenerife
  • Italy - Lombardy, Piemonte, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna

You remain at low risk of catching the virus but please monitor your health and if any coronavirus symptoms appear, contact the HSELive helpline.

HSELive is open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm and 10am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

For out-of-hours emergencies, contact DL Doc on 01 223 4500  

Monday to Friday 6:00pm – 8am (Mon – Fri) and 24 hours on Sat + Sunday and Bank Holidays         

Ambulance Service:  999 or 112

Make sure you explain your symptoms clearly and any concerns you may have.

Further information is available on the HSE website