Guidelines for handling symptoms and infection among employees

Aarhus University complies with all official guidelines for the handling of infection.

The procedures for handling infection are conducted in cooperation with the infected person and the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

Does an employee have symptoms of Covid-19?

  • Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home until they are well, even if their symptoms are mild. If an employee develops symptoms of Covid-19 at work on campus, they must go home as soon as possible.

Contact tracing and information

When someone is infected with Covid-19 (positive result from a PCR test), preventive measures must be taken quickly and effectively in collaboration with government agencies and institutions to prevent the spread of infection.

In connection with contact tracing, AU’s role is to assist both infected employees and the Danish Patient Safety Authority in determining whether there are colleagues and students who are close contacts who should self-isolate and/or get tested.

See the Danish Health Authority's pamphlet on contact tracing and the procedures involved in connection with close contacts.

It is the responsibility of the employee’s immediate supervisor to:

  • help identify the colleagues and students an infected employee has been in close contact with at the university, together with the employee and the Danish Patient Safety Authority.
  • inform colleagues and students who need to self-isolate and/or get tested. The employee’s immediate supervisor should inform the person(s) in question that someone they have been in contact with has tested positive (without stating their identity), and ask the colleague/student to follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines on tracing and handling close contacts
  • ensure that thorough cleaning of the infected employee’s work station and surrounding areas is performed without delay.
  • notify other relevant colleagues that “an employee is on sick leave or has been sent home due to COVID-19, colleagues who are at risk of infection have been notified, and the workstation has been cleaned”. As a matter of principle, the specific health conditions of specific employees should not be named (pursuant to GDPR rules).