For the most up-to-date information please visit the HSE website.
Updated: 16.15pm on Wednesday, 25th March 2020
Further guidance was issued by the Government on Tuesday 24th March in relation to COVID-19 prevention measures.
Our collective efforts are critical, we need to do this together, as one community. We will be asking everyone to play their part, to help each other and we're here to help you. This phase requires a community effort, every citizen acting responsibly in order to protect our vulnerable and elderly members of society.
A management-level group has been formed to help ensure that ITT is ready to do everythin g possible to protect our community. The group continues to meet daily to monitor the situation closely.
The single most effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus right now is hand sanitisation and respiratory hygiene.
This web page has been set up to provide students and staff with updates. Advice will also be issued through this page as it becomes available from the HSE, the ECDC and the WHO. We have adopted the HSE’s guidelines for the Third Level sector. You can to access live and up-to-date advice from the HSE at the top of this page.
Where students have specific queries and concerns, they should contact their Head of Department.
Where staff have specific queries and concerns, they should contact Human Resources and their GP.
Concerns can also be addressed by calling HSELive on 1850 24 1850
What is the COVID-19 Coronavirus?
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is a new respiratory illness, which has not previously been seen in humans and was first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has now spread to a number of countries across the world.
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how the virus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.
Hence, it is very likely that the coronavirus is spread in the same way that viruses are spread – through small droplets released by coughs and sneezes, by touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles etc and through touching your mouth and eyes when the virus is on your hands.
Because the virus is spread in similar ways to the seasonal flu virus, we can take the same, simple, common sense precautions that we would to stop ourselves getting colds and flu. These pre-cautions are centred on good personal hygiene and include:
Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with either soap and water or hand sanitiser, particularly after using the bathroom and before and after handling food.
Use a paper handkerchief to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and put it in a waste bin, then wash your hands.
Use an alcohol-based hand gel to keep your hands clean between washing them.
Avoid being too close to someone that is displaying cold or flu-like symptoms.
How to handwash with soap and water
What is happening at the Institute in relation to the Coronavirus?
The Institute is monitoring the situation closely and has been working with the latest advice from key sources including the HSE, ECDC and WHO.
IT Tralee has in place the approved HSE protocol for the treatment of suspected cases, should any arise.
Regular updates will be provided on this webpage and via email as required.
In the possible situation that someone on campus is diagnosed with coronavirus, we would work with the HSE and local emergency services to ensure that the person that is unwell receives the best care. Protocols are in place for handling both suspected and/or confirmed cases.This will normally include that individual being kept in isolation at home or in their room with their condition being monitored on a regular basis.
We would work with the HSE to understand if anyone that comes into close contact with the unwell person would need medical attention, and to make sure that they are seen to.
We will continue to issue advice to our students and staff via our web pages, our social media accounts and email.
It is still unclear whether the use of surgical facemasks by healthy people who might be exposed to COVID-19 will be beneficial. Hence, the current recommendation is that only individuals with a confirmed infection or those caring for individuals with a confirmed infection should wear a P3 or higher facemask. Facemasks should only be used once and then disposed of appropriately.
The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate as per the HSE. This may change. However, most people may continue to go to work, school and other public places, as usual. If our risk increases this information will change.
If students with medical conditions are feeling unsure about attendance or if they can stay at home due to health concerns, please contact your Head of Department who will advise you.