Quarantine and positive COVID-19 test

I feel sick. What should I do?

If you feel sick, isolate yourself at home or in your room and contact your general practicioner or the UGent student doctors.

Symptoms are shortness of breath, cough, chest pain and altered sense of taste or smell. Also combinations of fever, muscle pain, nasal runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, headache or watery diarrhoea can be caused by COVID-19.

What do I do if I am positively infected with COVID-19 ?

If you receive confirmation that you are positive for COVID-19, you will have to follow the instructions of your doctor. You don’t have to apply for a special status, you can follow the normal procedure foreseen for illness or force majeure. You can find all the information on the page: What should I do in case of illness or force majeure?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 as a UGent student, please send an e-mail with your name, student card number, study programme and a telephone number where we can easily reach you to contacttracing@UGent.be  . In this way we will be quickly informed and we will be able to respond quickly. Your contacts will then be mapped out in consultation with UGent contact tracing and additional measures can be taken.

The contact tracing by the government will also be started: we ask you to cooperate fully, this for contacts you had outside the UGent context.

UGent staff will deal with this information in accordance with the associated deontological rules and respect for your privacy.

What if one of my friends, roommates, fellow students, housemates.... gets infected?

Ask your family doctor or the student doctor for advice by telephone. Keep a close eye on your health. You may have had high-risk contact with him/her and will be contacted with information about possible quarantine.

When should I be quarantined?

You have to be in quarantine:

- as soon as you feel sick but have not yet taken a positive coronary test

- when you had a high-risk contact with a person who has corona (you were together for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 1.5 metres and without both of you wearing a mouth mask correctly)

- when you were abroad in a red zone for more than 48 hours. More info on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/news/occ-30-12/ (translation will follow soon).
- If you receive a text message after completing the Passenger Localisation Form (PLF) see www.diplomatie.be.

What rules apply during quarantine ?

You can find all the guidelines at https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/quarantine-isolation/

  • If there are compulsory on campus teaching activities during the quarantine period, you can apply for a special status, an official quarantine or doctor's certificate is required. You can also submit a "Declaration on honour", but not for evaluations or exams.
  • If you have to take exams during the quarantine period, you can apply for a special status, an official quarantine or doctor's certificate is required. The facility granted in this case, entails the possibility of either rescheduling the exam to the time of the catch-up exam or replacing an on campus exam by an online exam during the quarantine period. However this is not a right but a favour granted by the responsible lecturer.

Exception: If you stayed more than 48 hours in a red zone, you may interrupt the imposed quarantine for the purpose of taking exams (and of course only for this purpose). More information on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/news/occ-30-12/.
In order to be able to demonstrate that this exception applies in the event of any inspections by the authorities, it is best to bring your student card and a printout of your exam schedule with you when you leave for an exam.

THIS EXCEPTION APPLIES ONLY WHEN YOU RETURN FROM A RED ZONE. If you are in quarantine due to contact with an infected person YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO participate in on Campus Exams.

Check this page for more information regarding COVID-19-measures for international students coming to Ghent University.

Where can I get tested?

You always need a referral from a doctor. You can't just get tested.

Contact your general practitioner the student doctors at Ghent University.

If you are staying in a room in Ghent, you can visit the test site of the Jan Palfijn Hospital https://gent.testcovid.be.