Current DIS Copenhagen Health and Safety Notifications

DIS Copenhagen Health and Safety Notifications

March 10, 2022

The Danish Health Authority’s guidelines have been updated with regards to COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 testing is now only recommended if there is a “special medical reason” for doing so. This means that testing is reserved for certain demographics who are more likely to need early treatment to reduce the risk of developing serious symptoms, such as those over 65 and others who have existing medical conditions.

The new guidelines state that the general public does not need to take a test if they experience COVID-19 symptoms. Nor do close contacts of people with COVID-19. However, testing will still be needed for certain individuals including medical providers.

It is important to continue to limit transmission of COVID-19 through good hygiene practices. People who feel unwell should continue to stay home as not to risk infecting others. See more guidance in the updated flow chart.

DIS will continue to make a limited supply of self-tests available in the Student Hub and support student testing requirements for DIS purposes (e.g. study tours, DIScovery trips, field study, practicum etc.). If you decide to test for personal travel or other purposes, please note that DIS will not cover the cost of COVID testing.

You can learn more through this article of The Local.

 

March 8, 2022

Copenhagen Police issued a warning about a new scam that is mainly targeted at students seeking part-time work.

The scam involves collecting personal information such as Danish social security numbers (CPR number) and addresses collected through job applications. The job does not exist, but scammers can use the personal information to order items online using invoice payment, so there is no payment required upfront when placing the order. Victims of this fraud will often not realize that they have been exploited before reminders of lacking payment start coming in or when the missing payment(s) have been sent to a debt collector.

Although DIS students will most likely not be applying for jobs, it is important to be aware of ongoing scams, and only submit sensitive personal data online if absolutely necessary on official websites.

Read the full notice (in Danish) on the Copenhagen Police website.

Use Google Translate or a web browser translator to see the notice in English.

 

February 24, 2022

DIS is saddened to follow the developments in Ukraine, and extend our sympathies to anyone who is personally affected or for those with family and friends in the area.

DIS is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine, with extra consideration for the upcoming travel week for students across Europe. The security situation in Denmark and Sweden is currently stable and continuing as normal.

Students departing next week on Study Tours will be contacted directly should any adjustments to current travel plans become necessary.

Students who will be traveling independently should stay up-to-date with the ongoing developments, and follow guidance from the local government of the country (or countries) that they are traveling to. Read more about guidelines on the Safety Measures for Independent Travel page.

The DIS Care Team is available to support students as needed, and can be contacted at care@dis.dk.

 

January 31, 2022

As of February 1, Denmark has removed the categorization of COVID-19 as a disease dangerous to society. As a result, all COVID-19 restrictions will expire overnight on January 31. As of February 1, all restrictions including the Coronapas, mask-wearing, and early closings for bars and restaurants are no longer in effect.

DIS follows local health regulations and public health guidance. This means that DIS students no longer need to maintain a valid Coronapas or wear masks at DIS. However, the following requirements remain, and the lack of other restrictions make these even more important for the DIS community:

  • Stay home when sick! Receive a test and follow isolation rules if you test positive.
  • Follow testing /isolation recommendations if identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 (listed in the January 25th update below). The Danish government is no longer facilitating close and other contract tracing and, as a result, DIS will rely on students to identify and communicate with their close and other contacts.
  • The authorities still recommend regular testing, especially when interacting with many people outside your family/household. As a result, the DIS surveillance testing program continues to require at least twice weekly testing for all students. We see that wait times at testing centers can sometimes be long, so our students are encouraged to allow ample time for testing and follow wait times online to try to avoid the most crowded testing times. Self-tests remain at the Student Hub in limited number.
  • Danish border restrictions vary for entry from outside the country. Please be sure you understand these as well as any requirements for the countries you plan to visit.
  • The recommendation to be vaccinated and boosted when eligible is still emphasized. Vaccinated people are far less likely to be seriously ill due to COVID-19.

Please continue to do what you can to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the DIS community by taking your personal responsibility seriously.

More information about the decision to remove COVID-19 restrictions can be found on the Coronasmitte site (in Danish, use Google translate or similar) and in The Local DK article.

 

January 25, 2022

The Danish health authorities’ guidelines have been updated with regards to isolation for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and for close contacts.

The new protocols, regardless of vaccination status, are:

If you have significant symptoms such as fever, sore throat, persistent cough or sneezing, difficulty breathing, with a general sense of being sick:

  • Self-isolate and get a PCR-test as soon as possible.
  • If you test positive you must remain in isolation for at least 4 days. After this, you can break isolation even if you have mild symptoms, such as a runny nose, a scratchy throat, a mild cough.

If you test positive with an antigen test or PCR-test AND have no or mild symptoms:

  • Self-isolate for 4 days from the time you were tested.
  • If your first test was an antigen test, you must get a PCR-test as soon as possible.
  • If your first test was a PCR-test, you do not have to self-isolate while you wait for your test result.
  • If you develop significant symptoms you must remain in isolation until your symptoms are no longer severe (meaning that you have mild or no symptoms), and no less than 4 days from the date of testing.

If you share a household or have been intimate with someone who has tested positive:

  • You are recommended to take an antigen test or PCR-test 3 days after the positive person was tested with an antigen or PCR-test (which ever came first).
  • If you develop mild or significant symptoms, you should self-isolate and get a PCR-test as soon as possible.
  • If you tested positive within the last 12 weeks, you are not recommended to get tested, unless you are showing symptoms.
    You are not required to isolate.

‘Other’ contacts:

  • You are recommended to take a self-test or antigen test 3 days after the positive person was tested.
  • You are not required to isolate.

 

Locate a testing center near you:

 

January 16, 2022

Danish authorities approved some changes to the COVID-19 restrictions which are now scheduled to expire on January 31st. A summary of changes are as follows:

  • Cultural institutions reopen, with a maximum of 1,500 people allowed at indoor venues including: theatres, museums, art galleries, sports halls, and conference centers
  • Amusement parks may reopen
  • The validity of the Coronapas, Denmark’s COVID-19 health pass, has decreased to five months after a person is fully vaccinated. The pass becomes valid again if the holder received a booster vaccination. Current students: See the testing newsletter from DIS with more details on the Coronapas
  • 4th vaccination dose authorized for vulnerable populations

Restrictions extended through January 31st include:

  • Masks required at institutions of higher education (this includes DIS), on public transportation, and in shops and stores. DIS student can remove their masks, if they choose, when in their classrooms
  • An active Coronapas required to enter many locations, including DIS buildings
  • Restaurants must ensure two meters squared per seated guest and four meters squares for those standing. Masks are required for standing and moving within a restaurant. Bars and restaurants close at 11pm
  • The sale of alcohol remains banned from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am

More information about the current COVID-19 restrictions can be found in The Local DK article

 

December 20, 2021

Due to the rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, the Danish parliament has agreed to introduce the following new restrictions as of Sunday morning 19 December, and will remain in place until at least 17 January.

  • Everyone is urged to limit social contacts over the Christmas holidays.
  • Mask mandates extended to educational institutions, worship services, and take-away places.
  • Restaurants must ensure two meters squared per seated guest and four meters squared for those standing. Masks are required for standing and moving within a restaurant. Restaurants must stop serving alcohol at 10pm and close at 11pm.
  • All alcohol sales are banned from 10pm to 5am.
  • Retail businesses, worship services, and all religious meetings must ensure social distancing requirements.
  • Many public social and cultural venues are closed:
    • Amusement parks
    • Aquariums
    • Arcades
    • Art galleries
    • Banquet facilities
    • Casinos
    • Community Centers (Forsamlingshuse)
    • Culture houses (Kulturhuse)
    • Fairs, conferences and lectures
    • Folkehøjskoler
    • Indoor play areas and water parks
    • Museums
    • Sporting event with paying spectators
    • Theaters
    • Zoos
  • Long distance buses, intercity trains, and intercity light rail all require a seat reservation and Coronapas.

You can read more about Friday’s press conference and these new restrictions in The Local article.

COVID-19 Information

The resources below are continually updated to reflect current country guidelines and DIS policies in relation to COVID-19: