Arcada’ reviews on a daily basis the latest developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) and this information page is actively updated.

Update 25.9

New recommendation on use of face masks at higher education institutions 

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has updated its recommendation on the use of face masks. The updated recommendation also applies to higher educations institutions during the epidemic’s so-called acceleration phase. 

According to Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki is already in the acceleration phase of the epidemic. The City of Helsinki will inform more about its updated recommendation in the next few days. For this reason, Arcada recommends that starting from today, Friday 25.9, you use face masks in all situations where it is possible when visiting campus. By using a mask and only removing it in situations where it is necessary and safe, we can continue our activities on campus. 

The most important safety measure is still to maintain safe distances and remember to wash your hands, but the correct use of face masks reduces the risk of spreading the infection. 

Read more about the updated recommendation and how to use a face mask correctly. 

 

Update 21.9

Notice to Arcada employees and students about possible coronavirus exposure 

Several cases of coronavirus infections (COVID-19) have been detected at Arcada University of Applied Sciences during the past week. People who have been exposed in close contact have been contacted by the City of Helsinki's Epidemiological Operations Unit and placed in quarantine. 

Students and staff who have visited Arcada's campus may have been exposed to a coronavirus infection and are advised to monitor their health very closely for the next two weeks and get tested immediately if symptoms occur, even mild ones, and stay at home awaiting results. Close contact, especially with the elderly and people in risk groups, is recommended to be avoided until a negative test result is achieved and the symptoms have passed. Using a face mask reduces the risk of infection in situations where it is not possible to ensure that safe distances are maintained. 

Symptoms of coronavirus infection include fever, cough, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea, diarrhea and abnormal fatigue. 

You can assess your symptoms at www.omaolo.fi. The Omaolo-service provides instructions and advises you to book an appointment for a coronavirus test if necessary. Residents of the city of Helsinki also receive help from the coronavirus counseling service on 09310 10024 (every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Residents in other cities can contact the health service in their area if they experience symptoms of coronavirus. Please also report the positive result by telephone to Helsinki's Epidemiological Operations Unit.

We recommend that you use the Koronavilkku (Coronablinkern) application. It can be downloaded to your phone at https://koronavilkku.fi/. The Koronavilkku app does not report exposure situations that occurred before installation. If you are using the Koronavilkku app and receive an exposure notification, please follow the instructions in the application. 

 

Epidemiological Operations Unit 

City of Helsinki 

 

Update 21.8

Arcada’s campus reopened on 3.8, but a large part of the activities of the UAS will continue remotely. Arcada’s security team, under the leadership of the Rector Mona Forsskåhl, made a new assessment of the situation on 14.8. The updated instructions take into account the new national recommendations given by the Government. 

Based on a comprehensive risk assessment and in light of the recent development regarding the spread of the infection in our society, the campus will remain open – unless the authorities decide otherwise. It is very important that we all follow these new guidelines that are in force until further notice. That is the only way we can minimise the spread of infection and keep the campus open. 

Lectures and exercises
  • Do not come to campus and attend classes or exercises if you have any symptoms of COVID-19! 

  • All lectures will be arranged online to avoid large groups gathering and being exposed to infection on campus or on the way to and from campus. 

  • Practical exercises and group work can be arranged on campus if the teacher decides so. During these exercises you have to follow all the guidelines and instructions for your own safety. 

Counselling and other service’s with visiting hours on campus 
  • Keep a safe distance and remember to wash your hands before and after visiting a counsellor and other services on campus. Please note that visiting hours might be subject to change. 

  • Make an appointment before visiting counselling or other services on campus! 

  • Remember that you can contact all the services online instead of meeting them on campus. 

  • Do not visit campus if you have any flu symptoms. 

Contact tracing app 
  • We recommend that you start using the national contact tracing (infection tracking) app as soon as it is available to the public. 

Face masks 
  • When you are participating in classes, exercises, group works and labratory excercises on campus and it is not possible to keep a safe distance (1,5-2 m), you need to wear a face mask. 

  • If you use public transport to get to campus we recommend that you use face masks there as well. 

  • We recommend that you get your own face masks, but Arcada will provide washable face masks that you can borrow for classes on campus if you don’t have your own. 

  • Make sure you know how to use the face masks correctly. You can watch THL’s video here (in Finnish) 

Travelling 
  • We strongly recommend that you cancel any non-necessary trips abroad this Autumn. 

  • If you travel abroad, you need to stay in voluntary quarantine afterwards and not visit campus during two weeks. 

Symptoms 
  • Do not visit campus if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

  • If you are on campus and experience symptoms typical of COVID-19, go home immediately. You can use the OmaOlo service to assess your symptoms, get further instructions and make an appointment for a test via the service. 

  • If you come into contact with others on campus who show symptoms, you should encourage them to go home and to get tested. 

  • Make sure to use a face mask when you go home from campus to minimise the spread of infection in public transport. 

  • If you still have mild symptoms after a negative test result or if you have been found to have antibodies, you can visit campus if necessary.  

  • If someone in the same household as you has shown symptoms and is waiting for test results, you should not visit campus until they have received a negative test result. If their result is positive, you must follow the authorities’ instructions on quarantine. 

Campus Facilities 

Campus opening hours will immediately return to normal (weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekends from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. using your own key) to enable spread of activities on campus across the day. For all activities on campus, the following safety measures must be followed: 

  • Safe distances – always keep a sufficient distance (1,5-2 m) to people in the same room. 

  • Good hand hygiene – always wash your hands when arriving on campus and often during the day. Hand disinfectants are placed on campus and should always be used when hand washing is not possible. 

  • Always cough or sneeze into your sleeve. 

  • All rooms may be used to a maximum of 40 % of their normal capacity. 

  • Face masks are always to be used when sufficient safety distances cannot be maintained. 

Lunch restaurant 
  • Open from 7.30 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch service at 10.45 a.m.-1 p.m.  

  • One of the toilets next to the restaurant will be reserved for hand washing. 

  • Please strive to have lunch outside rush hour 11.30 a.m.-12.30 and avoid queues. 

  • The aim is to guarantee students who participate in classes / projects on campus a one-hour lunch break (11.30 to 12.30) during the day. 

  • The number of chairs on the Big Square and the Small Square will be smaller than usual to facilitate keeping safe distances. 

Public spaces, group rooms, library and equipment 
  • Always avoid queues and crowds. 

  • If you can, use the stairs as you move around the house. Avoid the lifts especially if they are crowded. 

  • Remember to maintain a safe distance also when studying / working in the library, group rooms or computer rooms on campus. Always disinfect the equipment (e.g. computer keyboard) before using it. 

Study Affairs in C3 
  • The corridor to C3 will exceptionally be locked. 

  • Students can visit Study Affairs in D2 instead, starting from 24.8 

  • Other visits can be arranged by agreement. 

The Arcada Hall (Arcada’s activities in the hall) 
  • No contact sports during term 1. 

  • The sauna will be closed during lecture hours. 

  • The test lab will be closed until the end of September. 

  • The gym can be used for educational purposes only under the supervision of the teacher during term 1. 

Update 29.7

As of 3 August campus is open to students and the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continued opening hours and more detailed instructions for the autumn will be given in mid-August based on the national recommendations and an analysis of the overall situation. 

We remind you to continue to observe good hand hygiene and safety distances when you visit on campus.

Arcada's Campus Reopens 3 August 

Update 11.5

Arcada opens campus gradually

According to the government’s decision, the universities will open their campuses starting 14.5. Arcada will carry out the re-opening in phases and the spring semester will be completed online. The staff will follow the government’s recommendation of continued remote working. Please read the guidelines for each phase below. 

The planned phases and guidelines will be adjusted if necessary if new national restrictions or instructions are given. Compass Group that runs our student restaurant will not open until mid August. 

We remind you of good hand hygiene and that under no circumstances are you allowed to come to campus with cold symptoms. If you are in a risk group or share a household with a person who is in a risk group for the COVID-19 virus please be extra careful and avoid coming to campus as long as the risk of infection is imminent. 

Phase 1: 14.5–30.5 

Note! Restrictions that are in effect: a maximum of 10 people may be in the same place at once. 

  • All teaching continues online throughout the spring semester and courses are completed online. 

  • The staff continues to work remotely. 

  • You as a student do not yet have access to the campus. 

Phase 2: 1.6–10.7 

Note! Restrictions that are in effect: a maximum of 50 people may stay in the same place at once. 

  • Summer courses are arranged online. If you have registered for a summer course, you will be given detailed instructions by the course coordinator. 

  • The library is open every Monday at 14-17:30 for lending and returning material. Please contact the library no later than the previous Friday via library@arcada.fi to be able to visit the library. Students should call 0294 282 690 to be let in. 

  • If you need access to campus to complete your thesis work or other projects, please contact your thesis supervisor or the teacher of the course. 

CLOSED FOR SUMMER 13–31.7 
Phase 3: 1.8–31.8 
  • Campus will be open for both students and staff. 

  • Please check Start for updated information before returning to campus after summer. 

  • We recommend that you visit the campus only if you have tasks that cannot be handled remotely. 

  • The library is open from 10.8. Self-service between 7.00-21.30, staff available 10-16. 

 

 

Update 3.4

In accordance with the government’s decision, the campus will remain closed and your classes will continue online at least until 13.5. Students and staff do not have access to the building while campus is closed. 

Remember to stay in touch with you lecturers, they are ready to help. There is also a lot of other remote support available at Arcada. Find out more about what we have to offer during this remote learning period, and tips on how to handle your new everyday life and your online studies, here.

We continue to update Start with the latest news regarding this situation.

Update 17.3:

School nurses and psychiatric nurse

Arcada’s school nurses and psychiatric nurse are available for appointments even if campus is closed. You can contact them also if you feel you need to talk to someone, are worried or have anxiety. You can meet them online, or meet them in person off campus. The service is free of charge and confidential. Find contact details here and here.

IT support

The IT team is working to support everyone and requests that you contact them via:

it-support@arcada.fi
Tel. 020 76 99 555

Keep up to date

Check Start, Itslearning and your Arcada email daily for regular updates on the situation.

For questions relating to your studies, please contact your amanuensis.

 

Update 16.3:

In accordance with the government’s decision, Arcada will close its campus from 18.3 and move all courses and activities online until 13.4. This means that
staff and student will not have access to the Arcada building during that time. 

All courses will be held remotely (online), with the exception of a few where we willseek other solutions. You will receive more information regarding your courses fromyour lecturers. Information is provided through Itslearning and email. 

Please check your Arcada email, Itslearning and Start regularly for updates on the situation. If you have any questions, please contact your amanuensis: 

Enoksson, Maria / Health and Welfare: 0294 282 572, maria.enoksson@arcada.fi
Programmes: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports and Health promotion, Social services, Health Promotion  

Falcao, Elina / Energy and Materials Technology: 0294 282 581, elina.falcao@arcada.fi
Programmes: Energy and Environmental Engineering,  Materials Processing Technology (Process- och materialteknik)  

Genberg, Camilla / Business Management and Analytics: 0294 282 672, camilla.genberg@arcada.fi
Programmes: Business Administration, International Business, Information Technology, International Business Management (Master), Big Data Analytics (Master)  

Löv, Monica / Culture and Media: 0294 282 568, monica.lov@arcada.fi
Programmes: Film and Media, Cultural Management, Media Management (Master)  

Åkermarck, Erica / Healthcare: 0294 282 809, erica.akermarck@arcada.fi
Programmes: Midwifery, Emergency Care, Public Health Care, Nursing (Sjukskötare) 

 

Update 14.3:

Student exchange and practical training abroad

As of today, Arcada has called home all students who are on exchange within the framework of our exchange programme. Each student is contacted individually.

Students who are independently on exchange (so called free-movers) are strongly encouraged to return to Finland.

We also remind all students that if you have been abroad during the last 14 days you are to study from home and not visit campus.

Update 13.3:

In order to best ensure the opportunities for you as a student to complete your courses, the education at Arcada  continue normally until further notice. Until further notice, Arcada's campus will remain open in accordance with the instructions of the authorities and in line with the joint decision of the UAS's. Some of Arcada's courses will be conducted remotely (online) when possible. If it becomes necessary for your courses, you will receive information through emails from the course examiner.

Remember to always take other students and staff into consideration by washing your hands regularly, staying at home if you have cold symptoms, and following other general instructions to reduce the spread of infection. In this way, you especially protect people in risk groups (pregnant, elderly or people with medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma or cardiovascular disease, people with reduced immune systems or close relatives of people with reduced immune systems) to be exposed to possible infection.

Practical training

If you are currently on practical training in a workplace, you should complete the practical training normally as planned, but be careful to follow the instructions by the workplace and the Institute for Health and Welfare guidelines. The same applies if you start practical training soon. Our goal is that your studies can progress according to plan. If the workplace where you are doing your practical training closes or interrupts your practical training period, you should contact your amanuensis immediately (see contact details here below on this page).

Practical training in social and health care

Each hospital district in Finland has its own guidelines on practical training. Arcada has an active dialogue with the districts and we always follow their regulations.

Keep up to date with updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Start and in your email daily.

 

Update 12.3:

 

For the time being, the education at Arcada will continue as usual, but we have cancelled all visits from abroad (e.g. guest lecturers) and staff that have been travelling abroad are required to work from home for 14 days when returning home. The UAS is ready to handle all education remotely (online) if the need arises. You will be informed by mail if this concerns your courses. Please make sure to check your e-mail and this corona-page on Start on a daily basis for any updates. 

In an effort to protect people who are at higher risk of getting sick (elderly people, people with chronic medical conditions), the authorities are working to minimise and delay the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is our common responsibility to work towards minimising the risks. 

Arcada has a crisis group that meets daily for a review of the situation. In addition to the authorities’ instruction, we also actively follow the development in the other Nordic countries. From now on, the information on Start will be updated daily. 

Symptoms 

If you experience symptoms of a cold, please stay at home until you recover (at least until you are completely fever free). Don’t hesitate to keep in contact online with family, friends and teachers. Physical quarantine doesn’t mean social quarantine. 

Travel abroad 

If you have returned or are returning from travelling abroad (e.g. vacations, internships abroad or exchange studies), you should study remotely from home for 14 days. Contact your amanuensis immediately to agree on necessary arrangements:

  • Enoksson, Maria / Health and Welfare: 0294 282 572, maria.enoksson@arcada.fi. Programmes: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports and Health promotion, Social services, Health Promotion 
  • Falcao, Elina / Energy and Materials Technology: 0294 282 581, elina.falcao@arcada.fi. Programmes: Energy and Environmental Engineering,  Materials Processing Technology (Process- och materialteknik) 
  • Genberg, Camilla / Business Management and Analytics: 0294 282 672, camilla.genberg@arcada.fi . Programmes: Business Administration, International Business, Information Technology, International Business Management (Master), Big Data Analytics (Master) 
  • Löv, Monica / Culture and Media: 0294 282 568, monica.lov@arcada.fi. Programmes: Film and Media, Cultural Management, Media Management (Master) 
  • Åkermarck, Erica / Healthcare: 0294 282 809, erica.akermarck@arcada.fi. Programmes: Midwifery, Emergency Care, Public Health Care, Nursing (Sjukskötare) 

In accordance with the Government’s recommendation, Arcada strongly recommends that all private trips abroad are cancelled.  

Family member or room mate returning from abroad 

If you have a family member/room mate who returns from travelling abroad and has cold symptoms, please study remotely for 14 days or until your family member has tested negative for corona. 

If your family member/room mate returns from abroad and does not have any cold symptoms, you do not need to study remotely from home.

 

Update 11.3:

  • If you return from a epidemic area and show flu-like symptoms please contact your closest health service station by phone (according to the Institute for health and welfare (THL)).
  • Please read under the heading (further down) If you suspect that you have contracted the virus, do the following for more information and whom to contact at Arcada.

Update 10.3:

  • Until further notice, we advise against all trips abroad that are not absolutely necessary.
  • If you are currently on exchange or doing an internship abroad or if you are going on exchange soon, please report this to international@arcada.fi as soon as possible.

If you suspect that you have contracted the virus, do the following:

  1. If you suspect you may have contracted the virus (you have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed and you get a fever, cough or difficulty breathing), stay home and contact your closest health service station by phone. It is the public health care, not the occupational health care, that organizes testing, care and other possible measures. 
     
  2. Inform your amanuensis by phone or mail
    • Enoksson, Maria / Hälsa och välfärd: 0294 282 572, maria.enoksson@arcada.fi
      • Programmes: Ergoterapi, Fysioterapi, Idrott, Socionom, Hälsofrämjande (Master), Det sociala området (Master)
  • Falcao, Elina / Energi- och materialteknologi: 0294 282 581, elina.falcao@arcada.fi
    • Programmes: Energi- och miljöteknik, Process- och materialteknik, Materials Processing Technology
       
  • Genberg, Camilla / Ekonomi och affärsanalys: 0294 282 672, camilla.genberg@arcada.fi
    • Programmes: Företagsekonomi, International Business, Informationsteknik, International Business Management (Master), Big Data Analytics (Master)
       
  • Löv, Monica: 0294 282 568, monica.lov@arcada.fi
    • Programmes: Film och media, Kulturproducent, Media Management (Master)
       
  • Åkermarck, Erica: 0294 282 809, erica.akermarck@arcada.fi
    • Programmes: Barnmorska, Förstavårdare, Hälsovårdare, Sjukskötare, Nursing 
       
  1. Rest and take care of yourself

Suspicion of infection in the same household or quarantine

  1. If someone in your household or someone that you in other ways have been in close contact with has been contaminated with the coronavirus, or is placed in quarantine, stay home and follow the same instructions regarding the quarantine as the one contaminated/placed in quarantine.
     
  2. Inform your amanuensis by phone or mail

How to avoid contamination?

Wash your hands

As always during flu season, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (for 45 seconds). If you do not have access to soap and water, you should use hand disinfectant. Disinfectant will be made available, and they will be placed out in conference rooms, blocks and classrooms. Use paper towels to dry your hands. Do not use common towels.

Please follow the Institute for health and welfare’s instructions on how to wash your hands properly:

https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/information-materials

Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm

When you cough and sneeze, droplets containing germs are spread. By coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm or a paper towel, you prevent the germs from spreading or contaminating your hands. 

Where can you find the most up to date information about the coronavirus?

The Institute for health and welfare’s updates their web page regularly with information: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates

Useful sites:

https://minedu.fi/en/frontpage

https://www.oph.fi/fi/uutiset/2020/opetustoimi-ja-koronavirus-valmistaudu-poikkeustilanteisiin-etukateen

https://www.sttinfo.fi/tiedote/koronavirusneuvonta-helsinkilaisille-kaynnistynyt-maanantaina-2-maaliskuuta?publisherId=60590302&releaseId=69875944

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019