Summer Covid wave: UP Management urges caution and consideration

thursday 21. july 2022, 16:10

For UP students For UP employees

Though the holidays are in full swing, and we are all doing our best to relax and recharge our batteries for the coming academic year, it looks likely that the next coronavirus wave will not wait until September to hit. The numbers of those infected at present are slowly but surely on the rise. At this moment, the nature of how the disease will spread in the near future cannot be reliably predicted; nevertheless, maintaining a certain degree of caution is doubtless the order of the day. Government measures are not going into effect at present, so responsibility rests upon the shoulders of each and every one of us; let us try a little consideration as regards to how we can continue to live our university (and normal) lives without further complications.

„Although we all hoped we would be spared further pandemic waves, the spread of Covid-19 in recent weeks shows that our hopes will likely be dashed. Each of us must take on a responsible, rational attitude and maintain simple rules – which will allow us to manage the situation without the necessity of introducing strict measures curtailing our personal and academic lives. I believe that we have plenty of experience from the past few years and that together, we will manage the time to come,“ said UP Rector Martin Procházka, addressing students and employees.

It is not necessary to severely limit or change one’s behaviour; rather to be a bit more careful and thorough. The main thing is consideration, something we should always keep in mind – and that means both in terms of those around us, and our own health. We should continue to devote more attention to handwashing and using sanitiser, and isolate ourselves from our colleagues and co-workers once we feel the first signs of respiratory illness. We should not hesitate to wear masks if we are not feeling completely well, in order to protect those around us – and also if we wish to protect our own health. Masks for these preventive purposes can be picked up individually from the OSH Inspection, Management and Fire Safety Division (BOZP; Referát bezpečnosti a požární ochrany), located at 8 Křížkovského street.

Regarding preventive testing, the UP Rector’s Office is making self-tests available to its employees – also available at BOZP. During the summer holidays, please ask your immediate supervisor at other UP divisions about the availability of self-tests remaining from the last round of testing (or other possibilities).

Starting Monday, 18 July, second booster shots are being made available. You can find the list of open vaccination locations at ockoreport.uzis.cz.

UP Management will continue to monitor developments in the situation on a permanent basis, and any changes to the regime on its premises, including possible recommendations by the UP Crisis Team, will be found as always on the special UP Covid Website, as well as via other channels. The current number of infected persons in the Czech Republic and other related statistics can be found at the Czech Ministry of Health website.

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