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fall 2020

UPDATED: October 17, 2020

NO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF LITHUANIA IN FALL 2020

With the recommendation from CPT, the President’s Cabinet has put a restriction on travel outside of Lithuania for the Fall semester. The decision was based on the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the region as well as the Government’s mandate for Universities to monitor, organize, and ensure support for students during the self-isolation. Besides that, any travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. With this, we ask you not to plan on any travel during Fall break. This applies to ALL LCC students in Lithuania living on and off-campus. Violation of this is a Level 3 violation and puts the LCC community at risk.  In exceptional cases, the permission may be granted by emailing nocovid@lcc.lt first.    

Arrival and Self-Isolation

Every traveler returning to or arriving in Lithuania by regular, special or charter flights by air, sea or land must submit their personal data to the specialists of the National Center for Public Health (NVSC) electronically before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train. Fill the form on the NVSC website https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/en/form and present the QR code - at the time of boarding. In cases when a   person has traveled independently by land, he must register with the NVSC electronically no later than within 12 hours from the moment of return or arrival in Lithuania.

Affected countries: Based on the Government’s resolution, exposed individuals are individuals who have returned or who have traveled through the affected countries (the list is valid for October 19-25, 2020). This does not apply when people travel by air without leaving the airport transit area or transiting through Poland and Estonia, when only necessary stops are made such as refueling, hygiene and so on.   Residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay may enter Lithuania without the need to self-isolate if the country IS NOT on the affected list.  

COVID19 PCR test

Test: The Government no longer requires foreigners from affected countries to present a negative test on the border. However, this requirement remains as approved by the CPT and all students arriving from outside of Lithuania, regardless of the country must present a negative COVID19 test (PCR) prior to returning to campus and/or Residence halls by emailing nocovid@lcc.lt. The COVID-19 PCR test has to be performed not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to Lithuania. Testing in Lithuania is no longer an option.

Arrival to Lithuania for Q2

Due to limited capacity and the goal of de-densifying due to COVID19 as well as the requirement to only allow students' self-isolation on campus, the only study mode available for students who have not yet arrived in Lithuania is offsite.  Violation of this rule (arriving unannounced, self-isolating off campus, etc.) puts LCC’s community and reputation at risk, and you personally in danger of deportation from the country. If you have questions, email nocovid@lcc.lt 


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CURRENT ALERT LEVEL: ORANGE (MODERATE RISK) until October 31, 2020

Current weekly stats for on-campus COVID cases (October 17)


Alert levels are assessed bi-weekly by CPT. 

“MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT”

Welcome to LCC for Fall 2020! Welcome to this caring community, in the midst of a world that seems to be churning with uncertainty. As we begin this year together, we want to encourage one another, and support one another – whether that is related to intellectual or emotional or spiritual growth. And may we also protect one another by following all health and safety guidelines. “Encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
(2 Corinthians 13:11)
August 15, 2020

Safety protocols:

  • Wear a mask when indoors and outdoors during events.
  • Monitor your health daily. Stay home if sick.
  • Keep physical distance, wash your hands often.
  • Clean and disinfect personal and shared spaces before and after use.
  • Once on campus, no travel outside Lithuania.
  • When in self-isolation, stay in!
  • Report violations to nocovid@lcc.lt.
  • Protect yourself and others!

Communication archive:

Message from LCC President (March 12, 2020)  


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Marlene Wall Ph.D

COVID19 information

  • Coronavirus disease is a respiratory illness that spreads mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 3m) and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days. 
  • For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, diarrhea. 
  • Individuals who have been exposed or are in self-isolation and have symptoms must call 1808 immediately and not leave their home/apartment/room.  Individuals are advised to wear a surgical mask if not available cover the mouth/nose with a tissue when coughing and then sanitize the hands.

 

  • Hand sanitizers are be provided on each reception desk.
  • Handwashing with soap and water remains a sensible strategy for hand hygiene. Wash for a minimum of 20 seconds. 
  • Stay at home: stay in your room/apartment if you have any flu-like symptoms. 
  • Protective masks are available for purchase in pharmacies and stores. They must be worn by all people who experience flu-like symptoms and/or when required by the national authorities. 
  • Cough into your sleeve or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Use tissues only once.
  • Do not touch your nose, eyes, or mouth. This can move germs into the body and make you sick.
  • Stay informed, develop a healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet, get sufficient sleep, and stop smoking.
  • Have supplies of fever and pain medications on hand. 


  • GDPR prohibits the University officials from releasing information about students that is considered to be private. “Data concerning health” is defined by the GDPR as “personal data related to the physical or mental health of a natural person, including the provision of health care services, which reveal information about his or her health status.” 
  • The University has a statutory responsibility to ensure the confidentiality of information about employees and students who have an infectious disease. All steps should be taken to ensure privacy and confidentiality in all situations. 
  • All notifications to the local Center for Public Health and/or hospitals are strictly confidential. Improper breaches of confidence and the release of confidential information are illegal, may constitute discrimination and violation of GDPR. 
  • University community members are encouraged to refrain from discussing and sharing health information of other students and staff with unauthorized people.  

On 16 June 24:00, the three-month-long quarantine ended. Updated Restrictions 

The main purpose of isolation is to prevent the spread of infection and the emergence of new cases. Since many may be infected and asymptomatic or infectious and transmit the virus before the onset of symptoms, isolating the person who has been exposed to COVID-19 or comes from an epidemiologically the unsafe country is important to prevent the disease from spreading.

Based on the resolution V-1847, self-isolation must happen on the University campus.  

Based on the Governmental resolution V-352, individuals in self-isolation must follow the established rules.

Contact tracing is an effective public health measure for the control of COVID-19. The prompt identification and management of the contacts of COVID-19 cases makes it possible to rapidly identify secondary cases that may arise after transmission from the primary cases. Please note that only those who fit one (or more) of the following  individuals are considered to be “exposed” and need to self-isolate: 

  • People that have been living in the same rooms with confirmed COVID-19 case 72 hours prior or 14 days after getting a positive result or developing symptoms. 
  • People that had direct physical contact with a COVID-19 case (e.g. shaking hands, hugging, kissing) 72 hours prior or 14 days after getting a positive result or developing symptoms.  
  • People that have had unprotected direct contact (no mask on either party) with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g. being coughed on, touching used paper tissues with a bare hand) 72 hours prior or 14 days after getting a positive result or developing symptoms.  
  • People having had contact, within 2-meters, with a COVID-19 case with at least one party not wearing a mask and/or for more than 15 minutes 72 hours prior or 14 days after getting a positive result or developing symptoms.  
  • People who have been in a closed environment (e.g. classroom, meeting room, etc.) with a COVID-19 case for 15 minutes or more and at a distance of less than 2 meters 72 hours prior or 14 days after getting a positive result or developing symptoms.  


FAQ

Now that quarantine is over, does that mean everything is back to normal?

Not quite. Lithuania is still in the national emergency state and has imposed border control as well as various restrictions. Wear a mask in public and indoor areas and on public transport,  keep 2 m distance from others, stay home if sick, avoid big gatherings.  You must wear a mask outside in all concerts, cultural, sports events and gatherings outdoors and indoors. 

Is there any indication that another lock down is coming?

WHO is predicting the second wave and Lithuanian epidemiologists believe it may be in the Fall. 

What psychological support is available?

Resources for mental health support can be found on the Psychological counseling section. National emotional support hotline 1809. 

What about StuCo elections? How will that work?

They will happen in Fall 2020.  More info on https://lcc.lt/co-curricular-activities/student-council-and-clubs

Can I self-isolate on campus?

We have limited self-isolation space on campus and cannot accommodate any self-isolation requests until the end of 2020.  

I have heard that if my COVID test is negative, I do not need to self-isolate, is this true?

Due to the high rate of false-negative results of COVID tests, self-isolation for 14 days is still required when arriving from the country included in the list of "affected" countries. 


I would like to sign up for housing for Q2?

Unfortunately, there is no space in hosing for Q2. There is no space for self-isolation either. 



What is LCC doing to ensure health and safety in the ResHalls?

In Spring, some of the additional safety measures implemented and still in effect are: 

  • Daily cleaning of common areas including door handles, stairwell railings and elevators on campus and in the residence halls 
  • Monthly deep cleaning of floor kitchen/lounges in the residence halls 
  • No guests allowed in the residence halls 
  • Installing plexiglass at the receptions on campus and in the residence halls 
  • Limiting face-to-face interactions and large group gatherings whenever possible on campus and in the residence halls  
  • Encouraging physical distancing and ventilation on campus and in the residence halls 

Additional measures that were added since spring: 

  • This summer we ensured all room phones are operating to allow students to call another room or to the reception.  
  • The occupancy is limited to 4 per room to start the academic year 
  • We’ve also reserved a few spaces for isolation in case students get sick. · 
  • Elevator occupancy is limited and stairwell use is encouraged. 
  • Masks are required in all public areas 
  • Monetary fines approved for students violating quarantine policies and jeopardizing the health and safety of the community
I need to re-apply for TRP in the Fall but cannot arrive, what are my options?

If your TRP expires you may need to get either single entry or visa D to enter LT in the future. 

If I opt-in for off-site, can I cancel my health insurance and get a refund?

TRP was issued together with insurance (insurance is one of the documents to get TRP). They are both connected. That means if you are canceling your insurance now, your TRP will not be valid.


Does my insurance cover COVID19 test or treatment in case I get infected?

Lithuanian students are insured by the State.  EU students must have an EHIC and non-EU students must have travel insurance to have their medical expenses covered.

  • Non COVID19 medical expenses are covered by the insurance company, you might be asked to pay upfront, later you need to CLAIM THE REFUND yourself by following the instructions here https://lcc.lt/other-services/medical-assistance-insurance. Make sure when getting medical documents from the clinic/hospital nowhere it mentions COVID, otherwise the insurance company will not make any refunds.
  • If you would like to get tested for COVID19 yourself, that is not covered by insurance. However, if you develop severe symptoms due to COVID19, the medical expenses will be covered by the State. 
I am experiencing financial struggles, what should I do?

Contact Student Financial Services to discuss your individual situation. 


I plan to take an academic leave in the Fall 2020, how will refund work?

The regular schedule will apply, check the Academic Catalog 2020-2021. 


I live on campus, but I would like to switch from onsite to offsite. What should I do?

You may only do it during add/drop week which ended on September 4, 2020. Please note you cannot live in the halls and study offsite. 


DO YOU PLAN TO OPERATE AND ALLOW STUDY ABROAD, ERASMUS AND INERNATIONAL EXCHANGE IN SPRING 2021? CAN I COME AS A STUDY ABROAD OR INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE STUDENT?

At present, we continue to monitor the evolving situation across the globe and hope to run our programs safely and responsibly in spring 2021. However, we must place our students’ health and safety above all else and will need to be responsive to unpredictable conditions in the face of this global pandemic. 

WHAT ARE APPLICATION DEADLINES?
SHOULD I PLAN MY TRAVEL FOR SPRING 2021?

As there is a risk of your semester abroad being canceled, we recommend that you wait as long as possible to buy flight tickets. All students must have an insurance that provides health coverage in the receiving country for the duration of the semester or traineeship.

CAN I DEFER MY APPLICATION FOR THE PROGRAM TO A DIFFERENT SEMESTER (I.E. FALL 2021)?

You can rollover your application for the program you are applying for to the subsequent semesters (i.e. Fall 2021 or Spring 2022).

WHAT HAPPENS IF I PAY MY DEPOSIT AND THE PROGRAM IS CANCELED FOR SPRING 2021?

Your deposit along with your application for the program will be rolled over to the subsequent semester of your choice.

I AM AN LCC STUDENT WHO PLANS TO GO FOR ERASMUS+ /INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE – WHERE DO I FIND UPDATES AND RELEVANT INFORMATION REGARDING MY SEMESTER AT THE LCC PARTNER INSTITUTION?

Information for outgoing LCC students is posted on LCC portal. 

I AM NOT SEEING MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON THIS PAGE, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

Resources available

We understand members of our community may be concerned and anxious. As always, if students, faculty, or staff want to get more information or wish to speak with someone about their worries, the following resources are available.

Facebook group

Join our Facebook group for updates, programming, student care, and support

Email communication

Check your email frequently - LCC email is our main channel of communication

Support group

If you are in self-isolation, join our support group

Hotline

Coronavirus hotline: 1808


All questions regarding self-isolation, testing, borders, etc need to be sent to NoCOVID@lcc.lt 

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