Coronavirus: Current information

This website contains information from Bern University of Applied Sciences about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on university operations and about specific measures taken by the BFH. For general information for the public, please refer to the information provided by the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH and the canton of Bern.

Status: 7.9.2022, 10 am

Current information

Classes for bachelor’s and master’s programmes and in continuing education 

Teaching for bachelor’s and master’s programmes and in continuing education will generally take place on site. BFH considers itself to be a face-to-face university, which means that no digital alternative is required for face-to-face courses.

Work from home 

The mobile working policy applies, enabling staff to work from home up to 50% of the time. Staff can find more information about this on the intranet

Testing at BFH

Ttest kits may still be obtained from the drop-off points, provided there is a counter, and sent directly to the laboratory in exceptional situations, e.g. when a test is necessary as part of a course or employment at BFH (such as for a trip abroad). A name, email address and justification for receiving the test must be given when a test is issued. 

The decision as to whether a test will be issued should be clarified with a supervisor; alternatively, the person in charge of the module will make a decision together with the departmental head of teaching. 
For further information, check the ‘Testing’ FAQ. 

It is essential that you continue to take responsibility. Continue to observe the FOPH hygiene and conduct regulations and get tested if you have any symptoms. If you contract COVID, still remain at home for five days (from symptom onset). We consider a positive test result to carry the same weight as a medical certificate.

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The following information on the situation at the BFH is constantly updated. Please also note the information provided by the federal and cantonal authorities on the Corona pandemic:

All students and staff are urged to follow the FOPH’s guidelines.

Testing

Updated: 4.4.2022, 10 am

Questions about the testing process

Repetitive testing will no longer be funded by the federal government and testing at the BFH will be discontinued as of Monday, 4 April 2022.

In exceptional cases, for example if a test is required as part of the studies or employment at the BFH (e.g. travel abroad with compulsory testing), a test kit can be obtained at the drop-off points with regular counter service and sent directly to the laboratory.

Staff members clarify with their supervisors whether they may obtain a test for a specific case and then receive a test kit at a drop-off point upon self-declaration and stating their name, e-mail address and reason.

For student purposes, the module supervisors decide in consultation with the Head of Teaching at the department. The Head of Teaching latter sends an e-mail to hafl-ser.test-abgabe@bfh.ch. The students can then collect their test kits. Here, too, the name, e-mail address and reason must be given when ordering.

The following BFH locations serve as test collection and drop-off points (listed alphabetically):

Bern

  • Brückenstrasse 73 (reception)
  • Eigerplatz 5 (reception)
  • Falkenplatz 24 (reception)
  • Fellerstrasse 11, Bern (ground floor reception)
  • Hallerstrasse 8 
  • Holzikofenweg 8
  • Murtenstrasse 10
  • Ostermundigenstrasse 103 (first floor reception)
  • Schwarztorstrasse 48 (reception)
  • Schwarztorstrasse 102 (reception)
  • Wankdorffeldstrasse 102 (reception)

Biel/Bienne

  • Burg Biel, Jakob-Rosius-Strasse 16 (reception/administrative office, first floor)
  • Quellgasse 21 (reception)
  • Rockhall, Seevorstadt 103
  • Rolex, Höheweg 80
  • Swiss Literature Institute Biel/Bienne, Seevorstadt 99 (reception/administrative office, first floor)
  • Solothurnstrasse 102

Burgdorf

  • Gsteig, Pestalozzistrasse 20 (reception)

Vauffelin

  • Hauptstrasse 127

Zollikofen:

  • Länggasse 85 (HAFL, reception)

Yes, you need your health insurance number for the initial registration of the test. If you do not have one (e.g. if you live abroad) or cannot find your card, you can enter "0" 20 times instead of the number.

There is an internet address under the QR code (e.g. mtkb.ch/fppnktyw). The test can be registered at this address. Please note: A test can only be registered once. 

The lab refers to a maximum of 24 hours from receipt of the sample. 

The data is transferred by the test takers directly via a website to the laboratory “ender diagnostics, which carries out the tests at the BFH (a procedure similar to registering in a restaurant). For the processing of personal data, consent is required at the time of registration. In order to exclude misuse, the BFH keeps lists of the persons who receive a test. After billing, the lists are destroyed. The BFH does not receive any data on tested persons from the laboratory. Therefore, no link can be established between the BFH's list of persons and the test result. The BFH receives an evaluation of the number of tests carried out, the positive, negative and invalid test results. If there is a legal basis and an obligation to do so, the laboratory informs the cantonal contact tracing (cantonal medical office) in the event of a positive test result and provides it with the contact details for making contact.

In case of a negative test result, a link will be sent to download the COVID certificate. 

General questions

Please read the FAQ first. If you have any further questions, contact our coordination office at testungen@bfh.ch.

The cost of testing at BFH is borne by the BFH. Employees and students have to cover any costs arising from tests taken outside the BFH testing programme themselves.

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last three months cannot take a PCR test, as this would nullify the test result.

Yes, testing in exceptional cases is also possible for people who have already been vaccinated.