Regional information about the coronavirus

The following is information compiled from regional authorities about the spread of infection and measures taken in response to the outbreak of Covid-19. Notifications here will be published with some delay compared with the Swedish versions. Note that the sources will be in Swedish.
Updated

Special recommendations apply in several regions.  

Blekinge

18 Feb: Free transport for vaccination appointments
Region Blekinge is making it possible to travel to Covid-19 vaccination appointments free of charge. Nobody should have to forego vaccination for cost reasons.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Dalarna

19 Feb: Testing of children in preschool and upwards possible
Children in preschool class (year 0) and upwards should be tested for symptoms, reports Region Dalarna. Previously, the age limit for PCR testing in the county was 10 years.

18 Feb: Oldest seniors receive vaccination appointment invitations
Region Dalarna has started inviting people over 80 years of age for vaccination against Covid-19. They will be given a vaccination appointment time via letter or telephone. Bookings can then be made via e-services at 1177.se or by telephone. People aged 65–79 years cannot book an appointment yet. The vaccinations will be given by primary healthcare providers. 

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Gotland

18 Feb: Vaccination will also be possible in Burgsvik, Kräklingbo, Klintehamn and Fårösund
More temporary locales for Covid-19 vaccinations are now being prepared on Gotland. ICA Maxi Arena in Visby is already prepared, but when vaccines are available, vaccinations will also be possible at Fårösund School in Fårösund, Öja School in Burgsvik, the old primary healthcare centre on Donnersgatan Klintehamn and in Kräklingbo School.

18 Feb: Seniors can book vaccinations
People 80 years of age or older and their household members can book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment, writes Region Gotland on its website. They can book an appointment by calling their primary healthcare provider. There have been problems with booking vaccination appointments in the last week as Region Gotland has suffered distributed denial-of-service attacks, but the problems have now been rectified.
  

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Gävleborg

22 Feb: Local recommendations introduced
Gävleborg Region is implementing local recommendations from 23 February through 10 March, as follows:

•    Use disposable respiratory masks when near contact indoors over a protracted period cannot be avoided, for example, workplaces where it is difficult to maintain distance. Masks should always be used in public transport by those born in 2004 or earlier. Masks do not replace the rule of avoiding near contact and maintaining distance.

•    It is recommended that employees and others with duties in a workplace where a major outbreak is taking place avoid staying out in public and minimise meetings with other people. Those who have had covid-19 within the last six months are excepted.

20 Feb: Brazilian Covid variant confirmed in Gävleborg
Region Gävleborg has identified four cases of the Brazilian virus variant, which is believed to be more contagious than the original coronavirus. Intensified contact tracing is in progress as none of the people have any travel links to Brazil. None of the four people have needed to seek hospital care.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Halland

20 Feb: Digital booking closed
Region Halland has closed digital appointment bookings for vaccination against Covid-19 as a large number of people who are not in prioritised groups have tried to book appointments. The region will contact the residents who booked themselves in too early. Their appointments will be cancelled and offered to people aged 80 years and older, recipients of home care and the individuals living with recipients of home care or home nursing, all of whom need to be vaccinated first. When the oldest and most fragile have been booked in, appointments will be offered to those aged 70–79.

18 Feb: Digital vaccination booking temporarily closed
1177 Vårdguiden Halland has announced that digital vaccine booking at 1177.se/Halland is currently closed. Bookings are only possible for seniors and people using home care or home nursing services. The telephone number is 010-476 19 35 and is open weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Jämtland Härjedalen

15 Feb: Spring half-term holiday and corona
Tourism during Christmas and New Year did not contribute to an increased spread of infection, but everyone needs to take responsibility for reducing infection transmission. Those of you planning to travel should do so in a safe manner. Limit travel by public transport and avoid making new contacts while travelling and at your destination. Only socialise with the people with whom you spend time in your everyday life. All travellers are encouraged to book an appointment for testing at the test stations available in the event of the slightest symptoms arising. You should also ensure that you can isolate yourself or get home in a Covid-secure way if you develop symptoms, writes Region Jämtland Härjedalen.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Jönköping

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Kalmar

19 Feb: Appointment booking opened for seniors
In Region Kalmar, more than 15,000 people have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine. Appointment booking for vaccination at healthcare centres or private medical practices has opened for those over 80 years of age. They will be vaccinated in the first week of March. Thereafter, age groups in order of decreasing age will be offered appointments.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Kronoberg

19 Feb: Especially important to follow recommendations in the holidays
In the spring half-term holiday, it is particularly important to continue following recommendations so that the rate of spread of infection does not increase, writes Region Kronoberg. In week 6, about 330 of the general public's positive tests were analysed for commonly occurring mutations, and nine of these are likely to be of the UK variant type. However, as this is only a week's worth of results, it is not possible to draw any definite conclusions about how many such cases exist in the county. Almost all the people in phase 1 have been vaccinated now, and the vaccination of people in phase 2 is going to begin next week. The first to be vaccinated will be individuals living in LSS housing. From week 9, people over 80 years of age can register their interest.

19 Feb: Infection control unit wants no more than every other student on site
The infection control doctor in Region Kronoberg recommends that upper-secondary schools continue to have up to around half of students at a time on site in schools. This recommendation will apply after the spring half-term holiday and until the Easter holiday unless the rate of spread of infection increases.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Norrbotten

19 Feb: Region opening vaccine booking for people aged 85 and older
On Monday 22 February, Region Norrbotten will open appointment booking for Covid-19 vaccinations for all Norrbotten residents aged 85 years and older. A letter detailing information about how bookings are made will also be sent out.

19 Feb: Greater increase in Luleå
According to Region Norrbotten, the number of Covid-19 cases in Luleå has doubled in one week. The infection control unit is taking this matter seriously and urging Norrbotten residents to follow the authorities' recommendations diligently.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Skåne

19 Feb: Region Skåne pausing collection of self-tests
Region Skåne has decided to put the collection of Covid-19 self-tests on hold during the weekend. The reason for this is that a small number of incidents have been reported in other regions where test swabs have broken off in people's mouths during testing.
"We're taking these measures as a precaution," says Mattias Waldeck, Assistant Infection Control Doctor in Region Skåne.

19 Feb: Outbreak in Ängelholm
Region Skåne has written about the outbreak at Ängelholm Hospital where patients and personnel have been infected. All test samples collected in connection with the outbreak have been sent for what is known as typing to find out which virus variant is involved. It is unclear how the infection got into the hospital.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Stockholm

23 Feb: Special recommendations for Stockholm County
The Stockholm Region announces that special recommendations will apply in Stockholm County through 22 March.

  • The Infection Control Doctor recommends that upper secondary and upper secondary schools conduct remote education during week 10, in order to break any infection chains after the sports holiday.
  •  Monouse masks must always be worn in public transport and indoor environments where there is prolonged contact with other people.
  •  In the new current situation, you should only travel if strictly necessary. As the Regional sports holiday starts already next week, it is likely that few people will cancel their trip.

19 Feb: Incoming travellers can be tested at Arlanda Airport
PCR testing for incoming Stockholm residents is now possible in Arlanda's arrival hall. Tests are free of charge, reports Region Stockholm County. After a trip abroad, you should get tested immediately upon arrival and wait at home for the test result. After five days, another PCR test should be performed. In addition to Arlanda, individuals living in Stockholm can also book a test via 1177.se or in some cases via their primary healthcare centre.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Sörmland

23 Feb: Special recommendations
Sörmland Region has implemented special recommendations to apply through 14 March. Among other things, you should refrain from unnecessary travel, wear a monouse mask in public transport and when close contact with others is unavoidable, work from home as often as possible, limit new contacts and avoid places with a risk of congestion. Schools should maintain partial distance education during weeks 9 och 10. Read more at Region Sörmland.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Uppsala

23 Feb: Special recommendations introduced

These recommendations apply: 

  • Use disposable respiratory masks in public transport and when near contact indoors over a longer period than fifteen minutes cannot be avoided. Masks do not replace the rule of avoiding near contact and maintaining distance whenever this is feasible. An exception is made for schools, where national recommendations apply. 
  • Avoid unnecessary travel within the region and elsewhere in Sweden.    

More information in Swedish at Region Uppsala.

19 Feb: Younger children should be tested 
Previously, Region Uppsala only tested children from year four and upwards for active Covid-19. From Monday, children from preschool class (year 0) and upwards can be tested.
Find older notifications in the archive.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Värmland

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Västerbotten

Special recommendations in Västerbotten:

  • Avoid all unnecessary travel. If you must travel, it is important that you do so in a safe manner. Limit the number of new contacts.
  • Anyone whose workplace is experiencing a major outbreak should avoid staying out in public. This currently applies to Northvolt in Skellefteå. Shopping for food and medicine may be done.
  • Remote or distanced teaching is recommended for Skellefteå middle school and high school.
  • Use disposable respiratory masks in public transport and when near contact indoors over a protracted period cannot be avoided. Masks do not replace the rule of avoiding near contact and maintaining distance whenever this is feasible.

22 Feb: Special recommendations extended
The spread of Covid-19 is increasing in the county, foremost in Skellefteå and Lycksele but also in and around Umeå, the Västerbotten Region reports. The special recommendations have been extended and apply through 21 March. The use of face masks in public situations has been included. Use disposable respiratory masks in public transport and when near contact indoors over a protracted period cannot be avoided. Masks do not replace the rule of avoiding near contact and maintaining distance whenever this is feasible.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Västernorrland

19 Feb: Antibody testing paused
From Monday 22 February, it will no longer be possible to get tested for antibodies. This is because personnel are needed for administering Covid-19 vaccinations, reports Region Västernorrland.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Västmanland

19 Feb: Seek medical care for fall injuries at primary care centres
The pressure on the emergency room at Västmanland Hospital in Västerås is high. Seek medical attention via your primary care centre if you can, for example for fall injuries, advises the region.

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Västra Götaland
Special recommendations:

Västra Götaland Region introduces local recommendations after increased Covid-19 rates.
The following recommendations apply through 14 March:

•    Limit the number of new close contacts. Only socialise with people with whom you normally meet. If you meet others, you should avoid being close to each other. Preferably spend time outdoors, but remember to keep your distance there as well.
•    Avoid public transport, shopping centres and shops if there is a risk of congestion. Choose to shop at times when a minimal number of other people will be present in the shop. Stay in the store as short a time as possible, and preferably shop alone.
•    Refrain from unnecessary travel. If you must travel, do so as protected from contagion as possible. Wear a monouse mask when using public transport and when near contact cannot be avoided. Note, however, that masks do not replace the rule of avoiding close contact and keeping your distance.
•    Continue working at home as often as possible. Where working from home is not possible, avoid congestion in the workplace, keep your distance and try to meet as few people as possible. This applies in coffee rooms and staff rooms as well. If you have even mild respiratory symptoms, stay home.
•    Infection Control recommends continued teaching in upper secondary school with a maximum of 20 percent contact education.

22 Feb: Infection control  unit recommends distance learning
The infection control unit in Region Västra Götaland recommends that the senior level of compulsory schools and upper-secondary schools in the county conduct distance learning to the extent possible during the week after the spring half-term holiday. This is due to the increased risk of infection transmission.  

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Örebro

For older entries, check the archived news section.

Östergötland

For older entries, check the archived news section.