The GITAM Deemed to be University General Management teams are working closely with students, professors and staff in order to help and support them in the context of this unprecedented sanitary crisis and offer solutions adapted to the current situation.
GITAM staff is mobilized for the well-being of the members of our community.
A dedicated call center has been set up to help and support GITAM’s students, staff and faculty. Call +91 88808-76000 or send an email to email@example.com to speak with our call center staff.
GITAM Deemed to be University strives to ensure a safe environment in which members of the University can pursue their educational goals. GITAM provides service andassistanceto students, staff, community members and assures compliance with local and central Government public health regulations.
Apart from catering to the treatment of approximately 5000 patients during the first and second wave of Covid - 19 through services of the GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences, GITAM ( Deemed to be University) is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment for its students and employees.
Since the pandemic began, GITAM Deemed has effectively implemented Covid Safety measures in line with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW).
A Covid High-level policy committee was formed in August 2020, constituted by Nodal officers of Covid Hospitals, an Infection control practitioner, Legal and Public PolicyExperts, and this committee has been supervising the preventive and control measures of Covid.
The Covid policy committee has closelymonitoredtheCovidprevalenceratesintheStatesof Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka since 2020. With the help of the gating and phasing committee, it has analyzed safety concerns along with the prevalence rates. The required measures are taken, and the gating and phasing committee reports arealldisplayed under health and safety protocols in the GITAM Deemed to be University website. (https://www.gitam.edu/covid19) to ensure the GITAMCommunity stays informed.
The GIMSR hospital attached to the GITAM University, Visakhapatnam campus established a NABL accredited RT PCR lab for Covid 19 testing. The Hyderabad and Bangalore campuses have an MOU with private hospitals for COVID 19 testing and treatment for students and faculty.
Before commencing the present academic year with offline classes, GITAM Deemed to be University ensured almost 99% vaccination for all teaching and non-teaching staff.
A dedicated COVID 19 Help desk was created, and a 24x 7 COVID 19 CALL CENTER was set up to help and support GITAM’s students, staff, and faculty with the phone number +91 88808-76000 and an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org through which many grievances have been taken care of.
GIMSR Hospital in Visakhapatnam has established a Telemedicine facility with a dedicated phone number 0891 – 2866409 and has been catering to people’s diagnostic and treatment needs in Visakhapatnam. The same facility is extended to GITAM Community and their family members.
GITAM Deemed to be University joined hands with YOUR DOST, an online Counselling and Emotional support plat form to cater to the wellness needs of the student community. If they wish to, students can get counselled anonymously as well. GIMSR also set up a wellness centre at the GIMSR Hospital to cater to the Psychological wellbeing of the faculty and students.
The Pediatrics Department of GIMSR volunteered to conduct a mass vaccination programme for COVID during the pandemic in Visakhapatnam. Vaccines are available to cater to the student community above 18 yrs. of age as per government guidelines.
The Directorate of Student life is meticulous in checking the Covid vaccination status while students are returning to hostels. The Directorate of Student life facilitates the testing of students with suspected Covid symptoms.On confirmation of Covid positivity, immediate isolation is enforced, and a sanitization protocol is initiated, followed by contact tracing.
The primary contacts are identified and quarantined. The isolation and quarantine areas are different and are kept away from the rest of the students and staff.In cases where parents have wanted their children to be taken care of at home, the students are sent with appropriate Covid safe travel precautions. Periodic documentation and monitoring of students and self-reporting of symptoms are being done at the isolation and quarantine areas, and Tele-counseling and treatment are initiated where required.
GITAM University will continue its efforts to provide a safe environment for its students and will always be at the forefront of service to society.
The situation of COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh has been reviewed and it has been observed that there has been a persistent rise in COVID-19 cases in the State during the last few days with special emphasis on Visakhapatnam.
It is anticipated that gatherings, congregations and public celebrations during upcoming festivals like Ugadi, Holi, Good Friday, etc. may pose a considerable threat to the spread of virus and may cause setback to the efforts made to suppress the chain of transmission of COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh, specifically, Visakhapatnam.
Keeping the above in mind, it is imperative for GITAM Staff and Students follow the COVID protocols while inside the campus to ensure that everyone is safe in the Campus and keep the campus COVID-free. We will be deploying COVID Marshalls inside the campus who will go on rounds frequently to ensure all COVID Norms and Protocols are followed.
All authorized personnel of the GITAM Campus Life Team shall ensure strict compliance of this SOP and shall adequately inform and sensitize the staff/students about these instructions for strict compliance, in letter and spirit.
The University has adopted this protocol to comply with applicable state and local public health orders and to be consistent with applicable Ministry of Health and Family welfare, India Guidelines.
The Covid Policy committee may issue updated protocols, which become effective upon approval from Vice Chancellors Office and frequently are being changed in response to the changes in the state and local public health orders. Please watch for updates to these protocols.
Campus personnel are designated as Category I , II and III to allow seamless operations under different alert levels and re-entry phases.
When the University is in more restrictive phases and higher alert levels, only individuals with Category I or II access are able to enter buildings, while under less restrictive phases all personnel and students may enter campus buildings.
The personnel under each category are listed in the Annexure I
The scope of each level of access and the procedures to request that level of access are described below.
|Dr. I. Jyothi Padmaja||Chair person|
|Principal , GIMR|
|Dr. N. Dwarakanath||Member|
|Dr. P. Hema Prakash Kumari||Member|
|Professor & HOD, Microbiology, GIMSR|
|Dr. P. Srinivas||Member|
|Dr. S. Srinivas||Member|
|Sunil Kumar Menon||Member|
|Phase||Description of phase||Access to the categories|
|I||Uncontrolled Spread||Category I and II, all GIMSR Staff|
|II||Trending Poorly||Category I and II & all GIMSR Staff|
|III||Caution warranted||Category I and II & all GIMSR Staff|
|IV||Trending Better||Category I, II and III|
The metric used here is the 14-day trend of COVID+.
Another metric calculates surfacing of positive cases from testing (positive cases/total tests).
This metric uses the rolling average of the past 7 days.
An aggregate score will be prepared on the basis of these two criteria.
Gating and Phasing data monitored since September 2020 to till date
As the number of covid on decline and as per government of Andhra Pradesh Instructions to resume physical classes GITAM Deemed to be University is preparing for Phase IV access to all the employees and students. The following are the instructions for the Fully Vaccinated Individuals
Keeping in view the uncertainties of future due to COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the functioning of universities and colleges, To plan the opening of the campuses in a phased manner, ensuring safety, health and well-being of all students and staff there should be varius protocols in place.
This document aims to provide interim guidance about the environmental cleaning /decontamination of common public places including offices in areas reporting COVID-19. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19) is an acute respiratory disease caused by a novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), transmitted in most instances through respiratory droplets, direct contact with cases and also through contaminated surfaces/objects. Though the virus survives on environmental surfaces for varied period of time, it gets easily inactivated by chemical disinfectants.
Generic Preventive Measures
These measures need to be observed by all (faculty, employees, students and visitors) in these places at all times.
Safety Measures during Working Hours
Classrooms and other Learning Sites
The following guidelines are to be followed, especially in areas reporting COVID-19. For ease of implementation the guideline divided these areas into
Office spaces, including conference rooms should be cleaned every evening after office hours or early in the morning before the rooms are occupied. If contact surface is visibly dirty, it should be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. Prior to cleaning, the worker should wear disposable rubber boots, gloves (heavy duty), and a triple layer mask.
In addition, all employees should consider cleaning the work area in front of them with a disinfecting wipe prior to use and sit one seat further away from others, if possible
Outdoor areas have less risk then indoor areas due to air currents and exposure to sunlight. These include bus stops, railway platforms, parks, roads, etc. Cleaning and disinfection efforts should be targeted to frequently touched/contaminated surfaces as already detailed above.
Sanitary workers must use separate set of cleaning equipment for toilets (mops, nylon scrubber) and separate set for sink and commode).
They should always wear disposable protective gloves while cleaning a toilet.
|Areas||Agents / Toilets Cleaner||Procedure|
|Toilet pot/ commode||Sodium hypochlorite 1%/ detergent Soap powder / long handle angular brush||Inside of toilet pot/commode:|
|Scrub with the recommended agents and the long handle angular brush.|
|Outside: clean with recommended agents; use a scrubber.|
|Lid / Commode||Nylon scrubber and soap powder/detergent 1% Sodium Hypochlorite||Wet and scrub with soap powder and the nylon scrubber inside and outside.|
|Wipe with 1% Sodium Hypochlorite|
|Toilet floor||Soap powder /detergent and scrubbing brush/ nylon broom 1% Sodium Hypochlorite||Scrub floor with soap powder and the scrubbing brush|
|Wash with water|
|Use sodium hypochlorite1% dilution|
|Sink||Soap powder / detergent and nylon scrubber 1% Sodium Hypochlorite||Scrub with the nylon scrubber.|
|Wipe with 1% sodium hypochlorite|
|Showers area / Taps and fittings||Warm water Detergent powder Nylon Scrubber 1% Sodium Hypochlorite/ 70% alcohol||Thoroughly scrub the floors/tiles with warm water and detergent|
|Wipe over taps and fittings with a damp cloth and detergent.|
|Care should be taken to clean the underside of taps and fittings.|
|Wipe with 1% sodium hypochlorite/ 70% alcohol|
|Soap dispensers||Detergent and water||Should be cleaned daily with detergent and water and dried|
Masks are effective if worn according to instructions and properly fitted. Masks should be discarded and changed if they become physically damaged or soaked. (Annexure-III: Guidelines for use of mask)
Guidelines for Preparation of 1% sodium hypochlorite solution
|Sodium hypochlorite– liquid bleach||3.50%||1 part bleach to 2.5 parts water|
|Sodium hypochlorite – liquid||5%||1 part bleach to 4 parts water|
|NaDCC (sodium dichloroisocyanurate) powder||60%||17 grams to 1 litre water|
|NaDCC (1.5 g/ tablet) – tablets||60%||11 tablets to 1 litre water|
|Chloramine – powder||25%||80 g to 1 litre water|
|Bleaching powder||70%||7g g to 1 litre water|
|Any other||As per manufacturer’s Instructions|
Steps of Hand Hygiene
Guidelines for use of mask
The correct procedure of wearing triple layer surgical mask
Individuals otherwise required to wear a face covering pursuant to this protocol may remove their face covering when:
All unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated university personnel, students, and visitors should maintain social distancing (6-foot distancing from others not in their household) wherever feasible while on campus.
All unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated University personnel and students, participating in any activities on campus at the GITAM Deemed to be University campuses of Visakhapatnam Bengaluru and Hyderabad must participate in COVID- 19 daily symptom monitoring program.
This includes University personnel and students who live, work, and/or attend classes on campus.
|CAMPUS||ACTIVE CASES||MORE INFORMATION|
Last Updated: 20th of May 2022 at 9:00 am
The precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be given to healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those who are over 60 years of age with co-morbidities from the 10th of January 2022.
The eligible population who have taken two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 9 months ago can book an appointment on the COWIN portal or walk into any vaccination center.