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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Given the recent confirmed cases of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Ireland, MIE is providing the information below for students and staff.

 

  1. The symptoms of Covid-19 are
    1. A cough
    2. Shortness of breath
    3. Breathing difficulties
    4. Fever (temperature higher than 37°C or 98.6° F).

 

  1. If you have symptoms that are similar to those of Covid-19, please take the following steps:
    1. Stay away from all classes and social areas in the Institute
    2. Self-isolate (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-limited-social-interaction.html)
    3. Contact the HSE by phone for advice on 1850 24 1850
    4. Inform MIE of your situation by e-mail (registrars@mie.ie) or by phone (01 853 5133)
    5. If you decide to self-isolate or are advised by the HSE to be in quarantine, please note that such instances will count as mitigating circumstances for attendance purposes, provided you have contacted the Institute and the Registrar’s Office is informed
    6. Phone your local GP or Fairview Medical Centre (01 833 9856) if you may have been in contact with a person who has Covid-19.

 

  1. Use good hygiene practices as recommended by the Health Services Executive (HSE): https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html
    1. Wash your hands, including thumbs, properly and often
    2. When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve
    3. Put used tissues into a covered bin
    4. Reduce handshaking or hugging, especially with someone who has symptoms similar to those listed above.

 

  1. The Institute is reviewing the situation on a daily basis and will communicate with you through e-mail with updates. Please check your e-mail at least once each day.

 

  1. In the event that MIE has concerns about a Covid-19 case, the Institute will endeavour to communicate with you in three ways:
  • (i) By e-mail
  • (ii) Through the MIE website
  • (iii) By text message to the number we have on record for you. Now is a good time to check on MAESTRO that the mobile phone number we have for you is correct. If not, you can edit this yourself on MAESTRO.


If you have any questions about this, please contact:

The Registrar’s Office either by phone (01 853 5133) or by e-mail: registrars@mie.ie

 

You can find out more about Covid-19 here: www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus 

 

The Department of Education and Skills has provided information for third level students: https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html

 

Travel

In relation to all travel, staff and students should follow advice given by the Department of Foreign Affairs: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/

 

We are monitoring the situation and will update the MIE community as necessary.  The health and well-being of our staff and students is paramount.

 

Advice for students returning to Ireland

* If the person has not come from an infected area, or has not been in contact with a person with novel coronavirus, or has not attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated, then no specific measures are needed.

 

* If within the last 14 days, you have come to Ireland from an infected area OR have been in contact with a person diagnosed with novel coronavirus OR have attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated, you are asked to make contact with your local Department of Public Health by phone on 01 6352145 for further advice.


Further information:

You can keep up to date with latest news via the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website, particularly their FAQ section: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/

Advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/

Advice from Trinity: https://www.tcd.ie/about/coronavirus/ 

Advice from the DES: https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html

Advice from Léargas: https://www.leargas.ie/news/coronavirus-travel-advice/