Guide for employees, staff and students:
What to do in case of a suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, as a contact person and when to test

According to current medical findings, even those fully vaccinated and/or recovered can contract a coronavirus infection and spread the virus. All members of TU Darmstadt, including those vaccinated and/or recovered, must therefore observe the following regulations.

Should you display symptoms such as coughing, fever, loss of taste and scent and/or breathing difficulties, do the following without delay:

  1. Reduce all contacts with others and observe the general hygiene regulations.
  2. Get in touch with your general practitioner by phone to discuss how to proceed.
  3. As an employee or staff member (including student assistants), inform your superior.

As an employee or staff member, you must notify your office / place of work on the first day of sickness. Should you be unable to work for more than three calendar days, you need to submit a medical certificate of incapacity to work including a likely duration of illness by the fourth day at the latest. It is expected that medical certificates of incapacity to work can be requested by phone up until 31 May 2022.

  1. Please get personally in touch with any person you have been in closer direct contact within the past five days, i.e., encounters during which hygiene measures were not observed.

For employees and staff (including student assistants and research assistants):

Should you test positive for SARS-CoV-2, advise your superior immediately and send a message to . Informing the Health at TU Darmstadt (Gesundheit) support team helps to quickly identify chains of infections, initiate suitable measures and evaluate the degree of risk. The Health at TU Darmstadt support team will discuss with the person reporting in as infected and that person’s superior how best to proceed.

It goes without saying that the Health at TU Darmstadt support team will handle all information and data involved confidentially. Please ensure that personal information is not passed on in your immediate work area unless the person concerned agrees to it.

For students:

Should you as a student have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the rules stated in “What to do in case of a positive COVID-19 antigen test result" apply. For more information and advice on this matter, feel free to contact the Health at TU Darmstadt support team at gesundheit@tu-darmstadt.de.

For those affected:

You are required to self-isolate for 5 days immediately after receiving a positive test result. Should the positive test result be based on a rapid PoC antigen or self-test, you need to have a PCR test carried out without delay. Day 1 is the day following a positive antigen or PCR test result. (Example: positive test result on 01 May 2022, last day of self-isolation 06 May 2022.) You will not be ordered to self-isolate by the Gesundheitsamt (public health department) explicitly.

To terminate the self-isolation period, you must be free of symptoms for at least 48 hours. In case of symptoms of illness, the isolation period is extended automatically until all symptoms have disappeared and you are free of symptoms for at least 48 hours. In addition, we recommend that you test again before returning to your workplace just to be sure that there is no further risk of infection.

You are deemed a contact person, the moment you learn that you have been in direct contact with a person with a confirmed coronavirus infection (e.g., a person who lives in the same household and has tested positive). For more information, refer to subsection 3.1 on the webpages of the RKI.

Contact persons are neither required to report in nor to self-isolate. However, we recommend to reduce personal encounters and to self-test daily.

We also recommend that all members of TU Darmstadt switch to working mobile from home following a critical contact. Please discuss this with your superior. In such a case, please work mobile from home for at least 5 days starting from the date of contact, if possible, and self-test daily.

Should your presence at TU Darmstadt be unavoidable, please wear an FFP2 mask at your workplace at all times and avoid any personal contact with others. As a rule, you must have your meals alone.

The Health at TU Darmstadt support team will be happy to assist you in this matter in case of queries.

Please observe the regulations of the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration in case your self-test indicates a positive test result.

Go home immediately, inform the Health at TU Darmstadt support team and have a PCR test carried out.

Make an appointment for a PCR test either with your general practitioner or by calling 116 117. Stay at home until your initial test result is confirmed either way by a PCR test and observe the AHA+L rules (i.e., keep a minimum distance, observe hygiene measures, wear a medical face mask and ventilate regularly).

Should you have tested positive in a rapid antigen test, this will immediately require mandatory self-isolation and the test result must always be confirmed by a PCR test.

Independent of statutory regulations, a test is advisable if:

  • You display the above-mentioned symptoms of sickness and your general practitioner excluded a regular cold;
  • You have regular contact with groups at risk (due to voluntary work, for instance, at a nursing home, etc.);
  • You receive a category “Red” notice from your corona warning app;
  • You have had contact with a person who has been identified as infected.

For information on the general regulations regarding quarantine measures of the State of Hesse, please visit the following webpage.

Mandatory self-isolation/quarantine does not necessarily imply incapacity to work. The existing regulations under the Entgeltfortzahlungsgesetz (EntgFG – Continued Payment of Remuneration Act) still apply to the notification of incapacity to work and consequently require submission of a medical certificate of incapacity to work by the 4th day of incapacity at the latest.

In addition, the Instructions and guidelines for employees and staff must be observed which state that employees and staff must work mobile from home during self-isolation or quarantine and/or access denial due to the corona control ordinance.

The current quarantine regulations of the State of Hesse apply to TU Darmstadt.

Please refer to the webpages of the local Gesundheitsamt Darmstadt-Dieburg (public health department) for more information.