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Dear students and staff,

In cooperation with the TRNC Ministry of Health, the Covid-19 rapid antige tests have been started at the METU NCC Health Center.

The Covid-19 Rapid antigen testing will be performed between 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00 on weekdays. According to the decision of the TRNC Ministry of Health, tests can ONLY be carried out for the "FREE OF CHARGE CATEGORY" at our University. Therefore, we kindly ask the people who will have the test to apply to the health center with their ID card and ADAPASS code. In line with the decision taken by the TRNC Council of Ministers and published in the Official Gazette, individuals who completed their vaccinations (With ADAPASS code) can perform the rapid Covid-19 antigen test once a week for FREE. People who are obliged to have more frequent testing should have a test at other antigen test centers as a PAİD (TL). People who will be tested at other center should apply through https://basvuru.lab.gov.ct.tr/?signup=true .

After completing the form, if you receive this message "Your vaccine verification request has been successfully created. If your information is approved, you can apply for your vaccination card within 3 working days.", within 3 working days you can apply via the https://adapass.gov.ct.tr/website and have your ADAPASS code. If a problem is encountered during the process, help can be obtained from the call center 1111.

In line with the statement of the TRNC Ministry of Health, it is necessary to apply to the centers mentioned below between 08:00 and 17:00 every weekday, in order to correct the errors or incomplete information entered in the ADAPASS vaccine information system.

Nicosia: Near East University Hospital
Kyrenia: Dr. Suat Günsel University of Kyrenia Hospital
Guzelyurt: Near East University Hospital Guzelyurt Dispensary
Yenibogazici: Near East University Yenibogazici Campus

We wish you healthy days,

METU NCC Health Center

 
  • Masks should be used as part of a comprehensive 'Do it all!' approach including physical distancing, avoiding crowded, closed, and close-contact settings, good ventilation, cleaning hands, covering sneezes and coughs, and more.

  • Masks are a key measure to suppress transmission and save lives.

  • Depending on the type, masks can be used for either protection of healthy persons or to prevent onward transmission.

  • In areas where the virus is circulating, masks should be worn when you're in crowded settings, where you can't be at least 1 meter from others, and in rooms with poor or unknown ventilation. It's not always easy to determine the quality of ventilation, which depends on the rate of air change, recirculation, and outdoor fresh air. So if you have any doubts, it's safer to simply wear a mask.

  • You should always clean your hands before and after using a mask, and before touching it while wearing it.

  • While wearing a mask, you should still keep your physical distance from others as much as possible. Wearing a mask does not mean you can have close contact with people.

  • For indoor public settings such as busy shopping centers, religious buildings, restaurants, schools, and public transport, you should wear a mask if you cannot maintain physical distance from others.

  • When outside, wear a mask if you cannot maintain physical distance from others. Some examples are busy markets, crowded streets, and bus stops.

  • Be aware, if you are not wearing a protective mask, if the person you interviewed/or you met is positive, you will be defined as close contact and you will be isolated for up to 14 days.

  

Quarantine vs. Isolation

  • You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus.
  • You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don't have symptoms.

Quarantine
Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 1 meter of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don't have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

What to do

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.40 F= 380 C), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

After quarantine

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.
People who are in isolation should stay home until it's safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific "sick room" or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

What to do

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don't share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people if able.
  • Ventilate your room frequently.
  • Disinfect common surfaces and toilets frequently.
 

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