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CMU-Africa COVID-19 protocols

Updated January 13, 2022

Access to CMU-Africa

  • CMU-Africa will be open every day (Monday through Sunday) from 7 am to 9 pm to fully vaccinated individuals only.
  • Staff and faculty will be back on-site on a full-time basis. Students will be required to attend in-person classes.
  • Visitors are not permitted without prior written authorization from a pandemic safety officer. All visitors must provide proof that they are vaccinated.
  • Transport for students to and from campus will continue to be provided. The routes and schedule will be the same as last semester. The last shuttle service will leave campus at 7:30 pm.
  • Everyone is required to log in and log out with the security guards at the point of entry and exit of the campus.
  • Daily temperature checks are required of everyone upon arrival on campus. Should you be found to have an above-threshold temperature (37.5C) you will not be allowed on campus and must return home. See the section entitled “Anyone who is feeling ill/displaying Covid-19 symptoms” for additional steps you must take.

On-site safety

  • Physical distancing: Chairs, seats, and work surfaces in classrooms and other public areas have been reconfigured to enable physical distancing. The maximum number of occupants per space is posted at the entrance of each room. Distancing measures have been clearly marked on the floor.
  • Handwashing and sanitizing are required by everyone at all entry points into the building. You are required to wash your hands periodically throughout the day, especially after coming into contact with high-touch surfaces such as printers and copiers. On stairs and in stairwells, be mindful of your contact with handrails and wash your hands with soap immediately afterward. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Facial coverings must be worn by everyone (faculty, staff, students, TAs, visitors, and
    contractors) at all times while on CMU-Africa premises, both inside and outside of buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Facial coverings should cover the nose and mouth at all times. Exceptions to wearing face masks: while eating or drinking, or when alone in a private space, such as an office. When outdoors or in any public space, facial coverings must be worn at all times.
  • Catering services will be available from Monday, January 17, 2022. A lunch buffet will be served from 11 am to 3 pm. Snacks will be available for purchase throughout the day.
  • IT support is available, but in-person support may be limited. Please continue to log any issues through the IT Helpdesk.

COVID-19 response protocol:

  • Positive COVID-19 diagnosis: Faculty, staff, TAs, and students who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis must immediately inform the pandemic safety officers and must isolate at home for 7 days. Information regarding your circumstances will only be shared as necessary for the university to safeguard the community and to comply with any applicable laws or government regulations. To return to campus after 7 days of isolation, you must be negative on a PCR test. Email proof of your negative PCR test result to africapso@andrew.cmu.edu.
  • Anyone who is feeling ill/displaying COVID-19 symptoms: Anyone who is unwell is required to stay home. Students must notify both Student Services and the pandemic safety officers. Employees must notify both their direct supervisor and the pandemic safety officers. You are advised to call the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) toll-free number 114 to receive appropriate guidance. In addition, you will be required to show proof of a negative rapid or PCR test before returning to campus.
  • Should you feel sick while on campus: Please make your way to the isolation room (B203) and immediately notify the pandemic safety officers. The pandemic safety officers will advise you on the next steps, including arranging for you to return home. See the section entitled “Anyone who is feeling ill/displaying COVID-19 symptoms” for additional steps you must take.
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  • Close contact with individuals with COVID-19 positive results: For individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, the pandemic safety officers will help manage contact tracing. This will involve the pandemic safety officers working with the COVID-19 positive individual to identify people in the CMU-Africa community who they have been in close contact as defined by the RBC: being within 2 metres for more than 30 minutes, especially in a closed space; being in close proximity (less than 2 metres) without a mask on; and physical contact such as hugging, hand-holding. (For people outside the CMU-Africa community, the positive individual should work directly with the RBC on contact tracing). If you are determined to have been in close contact with someone on campus you will be contacted by the pandemic safety officers. If you have been designated as to have been in close contact, you must take a rapid test or PCR test. If the test is negative, you may continue your normal working/studying. If the test is positive, you must isolate and follow the steps outlined in the section entitled “Positive COVID-19 diagnosis”. Employees and students who have not been designated as in close contact should continue to work/study as usual and be mindful of the measures.
  • If you are living with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the same home: Students must notify both Student Services and the pandemic safety officers. Employees must notify both their direct supervisor and the pandemic safety officers. The person must isolate at home for 3 days and take a rapid or PCR test on day 3. If the test is negative, continue business as usual outside the home. If the test is positive, you must continue to isolate and follow the steps outlined in the section entitled “Positive COVID-19 diagnosis”. Note: the initially positive individual in the home must stay isolated from anyone else at home until tested negative on day 7.

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