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Citizen tests

The citizen test is a free rapid test (antigen test) performed by trained personnel in test centers. The result is usually obtained after 15 minutes. Every citizen can be tested several times a week.

There are now numerous test centers where you can get tested.

An overview of all test centers in NRW can be found here:

An overview of the test centers in Dortmund can be found here:

The testing requirement is differentiated according to local incidence values. As long as the city and federal state are not both in incidence level 1, the test obligation for teaching is controlled on site by the gatekeepers respectively security personnel. Those who wish to attend a classroom event must then provide proof of a negative result from a citizen test at their place of residence that is no more than 48 hours old.

The crisis team at TU Dortmund University decided not to offer supervised self-tests as an alternative because infected people would then only be identified after numerous contacts on the road and on campus. Self-tests taken at home without supervision are not considered evidence under state law. Therefore, TU Dortmund University does not issue home self-tests to students.

The state's Corona Protection Ordinance does not require students to participate in on-campus PCR pool testing. However, within the limits of free capacities, students may also voluntarily participate in the scientifically supervised PCR pool tests on campus.

No. Immunized individuals do not need a test, but they must either prove complete vaccination or demonstrate recovery following a positive PCR test in the past six months.

The testing strategy for employees remains unchanged, as the new state regulations do not apply to them. A self-test must be taken at home before each day of attendance, as well as the PCR pool test once or twice a week. Further information on this can be found under "Test offer".

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