This website provides information on ICTS campus responses to COVID-19, coordinated by the medical centre and the ICTS management. It will be updated frequently with current information and instructions. It is important that all ICTS members read the entire document carefully and adhere strictly and literally to the guidelines mentioned.
Don’t panic, and take care to minimize spread. Social distancing is the key.
There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus. Much more stringent guidelines will apply should there be such a case, and contingency plans are in preparation for this.
- Dry Cough
If you have the above symptoms, please wear a mask immediately and contact your local medical centre. If on campus, please contact the medical Centre at 6102 or send email to email@example.com. The campus Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Patil, is the only person authorized to issue a fitness certificate for returning to campus.
If you have returned from outside Bangalore, quarantine is mandatory before you enter campus. This applies both to International and National travel.
1. A limited number of students/postdocs who are facing severe connectivity issues (due to their geographical location) and/or who require lab facilities to conduct their research works may be allowed to return to the ICTS campus and use campus facilities (starting June 9). To minimize local transmission these students/postdocs will be housed in the Guesthouse. It is recommended that they do not travel to the city after arriving at the campus.
2. All students/postdocs arriving at the campus have to undergo a health screening. Those coming from outside of Bangalore (excluding Maharashtra) will have to go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine at the centre’s facility, whereas those traveling from Maharashtra will have to undergo a 7-day quarantine at an institutional facility followed by another 7-day quarantine at the centre’s facility.
3. Interstate travelers will need to undergo a health screening at the point of entry. If found symptomatic they have to be isolated and tested at dedicated facilities, as per the guidelines issued by the Government of Karnataka.
4. The protocol for interstate traveller to Karnataka during phased reopening is to be strictly followed. The latest guidelines can be found at this link: https://covid19.karnataka.gov.in/storage/pdf-files/HFW_Protocol%20for%20Inter-State%20Traveller%20to%20Karnataka.pdf.
Revised guidelines will be communicated by the medical committee.
5. The Religare insurance OPD package can be utilized for the expenditure of COVID testing in GOK authorised testing centre/private labs which are also empanelled by the insurance agency. Currently, the cashless OPD is not accepted by the labs and hospitals due to a heavy rush. Therefore students and postdocs can pay for the test on their own at the network hospitals of Religare insurance and put up a reimbursement claim to the agency.
6. During the mandatory quarantine period, students/postdocs will be housed in Hostel 3 (earmarked for quarantine). Food and other essential supplies will be delivered.
7. Students/postdocs who wish to return to the campus should speak/write to their advisor/mentor. Their advisor/mentor should write to the medical committee for approval.
8. Students/postdocs should not make any travel arrangements before discussing their travel plans with their advisors/mentors.
9. Students and postdocs experiencing connectivity troubles are suggested to explore the option of procuring additional data/bandwidth and/or devices to mitigate the trouble. They may discuss this issue with their advisors/mentors.
10. Requests from students/postdocs staying in Bangalore to enter campus and access its facilities on a regular basis will not be considered at this time. A one-time request to access the campus facilities (such as the library) may be considered. Such requests should be communicated to their respective advisors/mentors, and they should write to the medical committee for approval.
11. Essential services for operations and campus asset maintenance continue to function on reduced staff. The Medical, Quarantine facility, as well as Canteen Service, will remain operational.
The goal of quarantine is to isolate you until it is clear that you were not infected with COVID during your travel, or due to close contact with someone who traveled recently. The center’s quarantine facilities are in Hostel 3. We suggest that you mentally prepare for quarantine.
For students/postdocs in campus housing/off-campus hostels who are arriving from out of Bangalore: It is mandatory that when you arrive at Bangalore you will have to undergo a health screening at the point of entry (applicable only for travelers out of Karnataka). If found symptomatic, as per the Government of Karnataka regulation, you will have to be admitted to a dedicated COVID Health Care/Centre and be tested for COVID. Travelers from Maharashtra have to stay at an institutional quarantine facility for 7 days as per the guidelines of GOK, followed by a 7-day quarantine at the center’s facility. Coming from other areas, you have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. You will be housed at Hostel 3 for the entire quarantine period. All Interstate travelers need to self-register mandatorily on the Karnataka Seva Sindhu portal before entering to Karnataka and download the Aarogya Setu App, Apthamitra app, Quarantine watch up for remote monitoring. All home quarantine persons are to update their status with selfie photos daily on the quarantine watch app. If anyone develops any symptoms during the quarantine period, (s)he shall call Apthamitra Helpline No 14410.
Please do NOT come directly to the quarantine facility or go to your ICTS hostel room to collect your belongings; this puts other community members at risk. Instead, ask a friend to collect your things and deliver them to the security guard Hostel 3 during the quarantine period.
Remember that the social isolation necessary during quarantine will likely incur a degree of anxiety, although we will try our best to make you comfortable. Treat the staff at the quarantine center with due courtesy and respect; they are after all risking their lives while performing their duties. Be patient, the systems are still being set up. In case of any problems or questions, contact Mr. Suresh or Mr. Mahindra.
What will be provided during the quarantine
1. You will be given a clean room with a bed, linen, and towels, and supplies to clean your room during your isolation.
2. You will be provided regular meals and necessities such as drinking water; and plate and cutlery that you can wash and reuse during your stay. Please inform the staff about any food allergies.
3. You will be provided with masks and a sanitizer, which you must use when stepping out of your room (briefly) only to collect supplies left for you at the door.
What to bring with you while entering the quarantine
1.Personal necessities: clothes, toiletries, any medication that you require regularly. External laundry facilities are difficult to provide given the risk of infection, but you can wash and dry clothes inside your room. Please plan accordingly.
2.Other necessities such as mosquito repellent and an electrical extension cord, which you probably already have at home. If not, you can request these from the quarantine caretaker.
3.A small stock of snacks or other foods that you prefer.
4.Reading material, laptop, other devices.
For all campus residents and hostel residents (off campus):
(a) As far as possible, please stay at home, or in your room, and conduct all your academic activities through remote means.
(b) Please avoid going to the institute campus unless you have urgent work.
- While on campus, please try to work so that social distance is maintained. The ideal distance is 1.5-2 metres. This applies in all places: canteen, buses or sharing room.
- Working from home is encouraged when your presence is not required on campus.
- Avoid large meetings
- Keep your hands washed and your work surfaces clean and sanitized
- Ensure that ALL offices and meeting points on campus have nearby access to hand sanitizer.
- Keep daily use items clean. These include backpacks, shoes, laptops, cellphone phones, headphones, watches etc.
- Drinking water point instructions:
- Before you refill the water bottle please wash your bottle thoroughly and your hands
- Place the water bottle away from the drinking water outlet for refill. Do NOT touch the mouth of the bottle to the outlet of drinking water.
- While drinking water directly from the fountain, place your mouth away from the fountain
- Elbows can be used to operate the water outlet wherever it is possible.
- Please help and correct if you find anyone around you who does not know how to use it correctly.
- Quarantine Space is being set up: Hostel 3, Near NCBS Front gate
- All meeting rooms have been deep-cleaned by the staff
- Deep cleaning of all the campus vehicles like cabs, shuttles, ambulance, etc. is arranged for.
- Drivers have been advised to wear face masks.
- Shuttle services have been suspended on both IISc and NCBS routes.
- Campus Hygiene: The following items have been made available:
- Sterillium Rub-in hand disinfectant- This is a hand rub. Bottles have been placed at several accessible locations.
- Rectified spirit- This should be used to clean all your computers, phones, laptops, electronics etc. You may use this to clean up your door handle and table
- Hand gloves and Triple layer face mask - Individuals are encouraged to make use of these should they be in contact with suspected cases.
- The library will be closed till 30 June 2020
- Sports Complex and Pool will be closed till 30 June 2020
- Visitors are not allowed in the hostels till these restrictions are lifted.
- The day-care centre will remain closed till 30 June 2020.
- The Medical Centre will remain open.
- Any person having any type of cold and flu but having no recent international travel history should also meet the senior medical officer / duty doctor for a health screening with a prior appointment.
- Food service hours have been extended (12.30 to 14.45 hrs) so as to reduce crowding.
- Entry to dining area should only be through the hand wash area side
- Restriction to number of people coming inside the canteen at peak hours
- In the canteen and elsewhere please maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres -2 metres. Do not crowd around tables, and please use the outdoor seating as far as possible.
- Take extra precautions to minimise hand contact with the metal surfaces on the cafeteria counter and table surfaces.
- Anyone with any symptom may not use the canteen facility.
- They should self-isolate as per quarantine guidelines to avoid possible community spread of disease
- If you cannot isolate yourself from them, then you should also self isolate. 14 days for national travel and international travel. In this case do NOT come to campus.
- Make an appointment with the Medical Centre informing them of the situation and obtain explicit advice, and upon completion of the isolation time, obtain permission for your return to the campus.
If I have travelled within the city, can I come to the campus?
Yes, but please monitor yourself, and limit interactions with people. If you have travelled extensively it may be best to self-quarantine. Inform the medical centre before taking this step.
What is self quarantine?
Self quarantine is when an individual limits social interaction and stays at a secluded place, such as their home, for a period of time to minimize the risk of transmitting the coronavirus. Inform the medical centre before taking this step.
How long do I have to be under self-quarantine?
Self-quarantine for domestic travel and international travel 14 days must last, or come in contact with someone who travelled internationally.
Do I have to self-quarantine if I am visited by people from out of town?
Yes, even if you have not travelled, please follow the self-quarantine advisory before returning to campus. Inform the medical centre before taking this step.
How long should I self-quarantine if I feel normal/fine?
Please self-quarantine for 14 days, and make an appointment with the campus medical centre to be cleared before resuming work on campus.
- If you are in the quarantine period, do NOT come to campus ‘just to pick up some stuff’
- If you have to return from travel, do NOT simply postpone your travel and then land up right away. The time for quarantine starts from the time of your return to Bangalore.
- If you have a friend who is returning from outside the city, do NOT hold them up in your hostel room. This is a serious honour code violation. This will potentially bring infection onto the campus.
- Do NOT land up on campus asking for a quarantine room. If you’re off campus and in quarantine time, STAY off campus. We are trying to minimize spread. Honour code.
- If you are expecting a Swiggy or courier delivery, do NOT ask them to come onto campus. The items should be picked up from the designated outside gate.
- Do NOT encourage any off-campus visitors.
- If you’re in quarantine, do NOT meet people except by videoconf. Even if off campus. Don’t promote community spread of the disease.
- Do NOT come to the campus health centre during your quarantine period. Contact the staff through X6102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t overwhelm them, this is a very busy time.
General COVID-19 FAQ: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/FAQ.pdf
Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19): https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses