Management of COVID-19 Changes at Mandela University

By Health Workstream and Communication and Marketing

Nelson Mandela University has made a number of changes in managing the coronavirus pandemic on its campuses and residences in line with national directives.

After more than two years of COVID-19, staff and students should be taking responsibility for their own wellbeing against the pandemic by being vaccinated, wearing a mask indoors, practising social distancing and hand washing or sanitising.

On-campus temperature screening

  • Temperature screening at the campus entrances no longer takes place
  • Temperature screening should still take place in those areas where there are large groups, such as residences etc

Self-screening

All staff and students should use the self-screening tool daily to monitor their wellbeing.

https://webapps.mandela.ac.za/screening

The tool asks one simple question: do you have COVID-19 symptoms?

Staff

If, as a staff member, you do have any symptoms or related concerns, please do one of the following:

  1. Get yourself tested at the COVID-19 Centre at North Campus (a rapid test offers results within 15 minutes) or elsewhere
  2. See your doctor, especially since it is also flu season, or
  3. Contact Occupational Health Services on occupationalhealth@mandela.ac.za or call 041 5041003

Students

Students whose self-screening indicates that they are high-risk for COVID-19 will be contacted directly by the “war room” of Student Health Services. Alternatively, students with such concerns should contact 041 5043204 or email Sister Maria Luthaga on maria.luthaga@mandela.ac.za

The student will be given a rapid antigen test and advised on the way forward dependent on the result.

New rulings

Asymptomatic cases

Please also note that should an individual have no symptoms but is tested (for reason of travels or hospital procedures) and found positive, they do not need to isolate. It has been scientifically established that those who are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) or have been vaccinated have low viral loads. In other words, they are less likely to transmit the virus.      

Contact tracing

This no longer happens, except for hospitals and, for example, homes for the elderly where there are large numbers of vulnerable people grouped together.

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