Members of the community are requested to safeguard their health and those around them by regularly monitoring their health status and notifying the school if they or a member of their household have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure.

 

Building Access

A green Ehteraz app, proof of vaccination status, or a weekly negative rapid antigen test is no longer required to enter the Northwestern Qatar building. Please do not go to the Northwestern Qatar building if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Social and Physical Distancing

Social distancing is no longer a requirement

 

Face Coverings and Face Masks

Face masks are no longer mandatory, however, they are still recommended for anyone vulnerable or with a chronic condition, when you are near people who may have symptoms, or when you are in crowded or in poorly ventilated areas

 

Northwestern Qatar Infectious Disease Plan

The Northwestern Qatar Infectious Disease Plan includes emergency response protocols in case of incidents of suspected positive cases in the Northwestern Qatar building. Upon receiving a reported instance of exposure, Northwestern Qatar will initiate a reporting and health monitoring procedure that may include interviews, reference to CCTV, and attendance records to assist in tracking and tracing efforts while maintaining correspondence with the affected community member(s) and all relevant parties.

 

Safety Measures and Reporting a Case

Northwestern Qatar has put in place several safety measures in line with the latest advice from Northwestern University, the Qatar Foundation, and the Qatar Ministry of Public Health. These measures include getting tested if you have symptoms or come into direct contact with an infected person and reporting this to the school. (The reporting form requires the Northwestern VPN if accessing from off-campus).

Anyone who has been in close contact with a positive case will be required to take a rapid antigen test. Close contact is defined as having direct contact (being less than two meters, for 15 minutes or more, with one person not wearing a facial mask) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you are being contacted after suspected exposure to COVID-19.

If you test positive, you are required to isolate for five days and leave isolation without testing but should wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days.

If you test negative, you must comply with MoPH regulations, which are:

  • If you have been fully vaccinated, and your rapid antigen or PCR test is negative, you can return to the Northwestern Qatar building but must report and isolate if symptoms develop. MoPH’s definition of fully vaccinated is one of the following:

  • One or two primary shots, depending on the type of vaccination, plus a booster

  • You are within 12 months of recovery from COVID-19

  • You are within nine months of completion of the primary series shots

  • You are within 12 months of the booster shot

If you do not comply with any of the above, you will be required to isolate for seven days even though you have tested negative.

All individuals who are identified as secondary contacts are not required to take any action, unless otherwise directed; however, they should monitor their health for two weeks and report and isolate if symptoms develop. Secondary contact is defined as contact for less than 15 minutes and both parties wearing face masks, in a confined space previously and recently occupied by an infected person, or in close contact with a person who was earlier in close contact with an infected person.

If you have any questions on rapid antigen or PCR test reimbursement because of a workplace incident, please contact HSSE for further information.