Old news from the regions

The following are archived news from the Swedish Regions about the measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

27 Oct: Stricter general guidelines for Skåne. 50-person limit for gatherings.
Because of the spread of covid-19 in the region, the 50-person limit at public gatherings and events will remain after 1 November and be valid until 30 November. Everyone in Skåne County is urged to avoid using public transport, gatherings and unnecessary visits to shops. If possible, they should avoid physical contact with people other than those they are living with. These guidelines are valid until 17 November and may be extended.

27 Oct Many fail to follow the guidelines
The Norrbotten Region reports that the number of covid-19 cases has increased the past few weeks. This is because many fail to follow the guidelines about staying at home when they have symptoms, do not keep a distance to others, and do not wash their hands frequently enough, according to the region. Common situations when the virus is being spread is at work, physical meetings, and at social events, states the infection control.  

Blekinge

No updated information at the moment.

Dalarna

26 Oct: Worrying development
Dalarna Infection Control Unit urges the general public to follow the general recommendations for limiting the spread of infection.
“We’re seeing a worrying development in Dalarna. The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 continues to rise, and it’s extremely important that everyone takes personal responsibility for following the recommendations,” says Anders Lindblom, the infection control doctor in Region Dalarna.

21 Oct: Children aged 10 years and older should be tested when they have symptoms of Covid-19
Children aged 10 years and older with symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 should be tested to see if they have an ongoing Covid-19 infection, writes Region Dalarna in a press release. “This reduces the risk of the infection spreading to the elderly and risk groups, and children will not need to stay at home more than necessary if they are found to be healthy,” explains Assistant Infection Control Doctor Helena Ernlund.

Gotland

23 Oct: Flu vaccinations for risk groups
This year’s vaccinations against seasonal flu and pneumococcal infections will start 3 November reports Region Gotland. To avoid crowding and the spread of infection, no drop-in vaccinations will be offered this year. If you are in a risk group, book an appointment for vaccination at 1177.se. 

Gävleborg

 23 Oct: Relatively low spread in Gävleborg
The spread of infection remains at a relatively low level in Gävleborg. However, there are local outbreaks. Ahead of next week’s school holidays, the region stresses avoiding gatherings and travel that may involve a risk of infection. Those with symptoms can seek medical care at a primary care centre. No one should have to forego medical care.

Halland

22 Oct: Fake contact tracing calls
Residents have been called by someone claiming that contact tracing has been carried out and that the resident must now take a test for Covid-19, reports Region Halland. The caller says that they must send a home-testing kit and that this costs SEK 50. They then ask for an account number. This is fraud. Testing in Region Halland is free of charge. Remember, never disclose your account number to someone who calls you, writes the region.

Jämtland Härjedalen

20 Oct: No local recommendations at present
In Jämtland Härjedalen, the number of Covid-19 cases has increased dramatically in the last three weeks. “At present, local recommendations specific to the region are not on the agenda, but the situation may change,” says Jämtland Härjedalen’s infection control doctor, Micael Widerström.

Jönköping

23 Oct: Faster growth in southern parts of the county
In recent weeks, the spread of Covid-19 has gained new momentum, writes Region Jönköping County. The region urges anyone planning a trip not to travel if they feel ill. Remember to avoid large social events and keep a distance from others. Avoid full buses and trains.
“We need to adapt to a daily life where Covid-19 is ever-present and must learn to live with rapid changes,” says County Governor Helena Jonsson.

Kalmar

23 Oct: Sharp rise in the county
The number of Covid-19 cases has doubled in one week in Kalmar County. The infection is spreading in workplaces and schools, among other places, where people sit close together. Keep your distance from others both indoors and outdoors, wash your hands frequently, stay at home if you have the slightest symptoms, get tested if you have symptoms and stay at home while waiting for your test results.
“I want to encourage everyone to limit their contacts as much as possible. Don’t go to parties or social events. If you need to go to shops or travel on public transport, choose times when there are fewer people on the move. Avoid unnecessary travel during the autumn holiday as well,” says the region’s infection prevention doctor, Lisa Labbé Sandelin.

 

Kronoberg

27 Oct: Seniors and risk groups can book an appointment for flu vaccination
Region Kronoberg reports that those aged 65 or over, pregnant women and those included in medical risk groups can now book an appointment for flu vaccination at 1177.se or by calling their primary care centre.

26 Oct: Book medical care online at 1177.se
The pressure on primary care centres in Kronoberg County is high. Many people are calling to book tests for coronavirus or ask questions. The pressure has also increased since healthy patients and patients with colds need to be handled separately, which requires more personnel. The region would like to remind everyone that testing and flu vaccination can be booked by logging in to 1177.se. Several primary care centres have also made it possible to book other appointments in this way.

23 Oct: Significant spread of infection and strained medical services
The spread of infection is significant in parts of the county, reports Region Kronoberg, including Älmhult and Ljungby.
“Apart from local clusters of cases, the main reason for the sharp increase is that we have seen signs of infection spreading in hospitals. There is also spread in social care services in certain municipalities,” says Christian Blomkvist, Infection Prevention Doctor.  
Both hospitals and primary care centres are currently experiencing a strained situation with a shortage of beds and many employees on sick leave. Furthermore in primary care, the pressure is severe with continued intense pressure on testing. If the increase continues, local general recommendations may come into play in Kronoberg.

Norrbotten

 

21 Oct: Spread of infection predominantly in Luleå, Boden, Piteå and Gällivare
According to Infection Control Doctor Anders Nystedt, residents of Luleå, Boden, Piteå and Gällivare should be extra careful as the spread of infection is increasing primarily in these areas, writes Region Norrbotten. Region Norrbotten has traced a large proportion of the cases to social gatherings but has also found cases linked to workplaces.

Skåne

26 Oct: Increased spread of infection and more patients with Covid-19
The number of cases of Covid-19 is increasing throughout the county. At the same time, the number of admitted patients with Covid-19 is increasing, writes Region Skåne. The region urges residents to work from home to reduce the increased spread of infection. Employers should expand opportunities to work from home for those employees who can do so. Healthcare professionals should now use a mask for all face-to-face care.

23 Oct: Skåne County Administrative Board and Infection Control Unit want a maximum of 50 people 
The number of participants at general gatherings and public events will be increased to 300 from 1 November. Due to the significant spread of infection in Skåne, Skåne County Administrative Board is reviewing whether they can limit gatherings to 50 participants in the county.

23 Oct: The spread of infection continues to increase in Skåne. Avoid crowding.
In Skåne, the increase in Covid-19 cases continues. The number of new cases has more than doubled in the last week, reports the region. The number of hospital admissions has also increased in recent days. Skåne’s infection control doctor, Eva Melander, urges the general public to keep their distance from others, wash their hands frequently and stay at home when they are ill.
“We also need to think particularly carefully about how we can contribute to reducing the spread of infection, for example when we go into a shop, board a bus or convene a meeting at work,” says Eva Melander, Skåne’s infection control doctor.
During the autumn holiday this year, you have to think differently and avoid going to parties and other gatherings with people you normally would not meet. Don’t go trick-or-treating and avoid entering rooms where there are large numbers of people.

 

Stockholm

22 Oct: If possible, avoid visiting graves and memorial sites during All Saints’ Weekend 
Region Stockholm County urges residents of the county to visit memorial sites between Monday 26 and Friday 30 October instead of during All Saints’ Weekend. In order to avoid crowding and thus the risk of spreading infection, as many people as possible should avoid visiting cemeteries and similar sites on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.

Sörmland

23 Oct: High demand for flu vaccine
Many people in Region Sörmland would like to book an appointment for flu vaccination right now and the booking system sometimes becomes overloaded. Those who cannot log in to 1177.se to book an appointment can call the region’s contact centre.

Uppsala

20 Oct: Local general recommendations for those staying in Uppsala
Region Uppsala, together with the Public Health Agency of Sweden, has issued stricter recommendations for Uppsala County in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The recommendations counsel that everyone in the county should avoid travelling by public transport and avoid physical contact with others. The recommendations apply for two weeks beginning 20 October, after which the recommendations will be re-evaluated. 

Värmland

26 Oct: Rules of conduct for households in Värmland
From Monday 26 October, special rules of conduct are being introduced for people living with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, writes the region in a press release.

Västerbotten

23 Oct: Important that risk groups are vaccinated against flu this year
During the ongoing pandemic, it is particularly important that those at risk of becoming seriously ill and their family members get vaccinated against influenza. They can be vaccinated free of charge from 3 November, writes Region Västerbotten.

Västernorrland

No updated information at the moment.

Västmanland

27 Oct: Avoid crowds during the weekend
The Infection Control Unit in Region Västmanland urges everyone to avoid crowding by graves, at memorial sites and on public transport during All Saints’ Weekend. Stay at home if you have cold symptoms and avoid travelling on public transport, spread cemetery visits throughout the week if possible, light a candle at home or via digital services offered by various religious organisations. 

Västra Götaland

22 Oct: Increased spread of infection among all ages
The number of Covid-19 cases is increasing primarily in Gothenburg and its peripheral municipalities, but there is also an increase in other areas including Fyrbodal and Borås, reports Region Västra Götaland. According to Infection Control Doctor Thomas Wahlberg, the spread of infection is taking place at workplaces and parties, during sports events, etc.
“We know that there are people who go to work with obvious respiratory symptoms, and there are people who go to work when they’ve just taken a test. In such instances, they must stay at home,” says Thomas Wahlberg. The number of people requiring hospital care has also increased.

Örebro

20 Oct: Take the general recommendations very seriously
The number of Covid-infected people continues to rise, reports Region Örebro County. Everyone in the county is being urged to take the general recommendations very seriously. Few patients are being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals in the region, which may be due to the fact that recently infection has spread among younger age groups. The introduction of stricter local general recommendations in Örebro County is not necessary as matters stand, although this is an option, writes the region.

Östergötland 

23 Oct: The spread of infection in the county is gaining new momentum
The spread of infection has increased significantly in Östergötland. This is also the case with the number of patients requiring hospital care for Covid-19. The increase is seen principally in the age group 20–30 years, but the infection is found in broad sections of the adult population. Although the specific national restrictions for people over 70 are being removed, it is still a group that needs to be careful, writes the region.

Blekinge

No updated information at the moment.

Dalarna

19 Oct: Rules for household members if someone gets Covid-19 
Anyone living with someone who has an ongoing Covid-19 infection is considered to be a potential case and should stay at home for up to seven days, writes Region Dalarna.
“We know that many people infected with Covid-19 are infected by someone in their household and, by following the rules of staying at home when someone in the household is infected, you can stop the infection from spreading to people in risk groups,” says Helena Ernlund, Assistant Infection Control Doctor.

16 Oct: Continued ban on hospital visits
The previous recommendation on visitor restrictions in the county’s residential care homes has been withdrawn. However, it is still forbidden to visit patients who are being treated at the county’s hospitals, writes Region Dalarna in a press release. Exceptions can be made for relatives of critically ill patients. In such cases, talk to the ward in question.

Gotland

14 Oct: Retirement home with infections advises against visits
Several retirement homes in the country have been affected by cases of Covid-19. Region Gotland has previously provided information about an infection outbreak in one retirement home. “It is still too early to sound the all clear, but the spread of infection in the home in question is not increasing at the moment,” reports Director of Social Welfare Marica Gardell. The retirement home advises friends and relatives to refrain from visiting.

Gävleborg

16 Oct: The increase has probably stopped
The number of cases of infection in Gävleborg County had increased in recent weeks, but this now appears to have stopped. There are no regional restrictions in place at present, but continue to practise good hand hygiene, keep your distance from others and stay home when you are ill, writes the region.

14 Oct: Signs of increased spread of infection
The number of positive Covid-19 test results remains at a higher level than at the end of the summer, reports Gävleborg County Administrative Board. There are signs of a sustained increase in the spread of infection in the county and fewer people are reported to be following the Swedish Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations to keep their distance from others.

14 Oct: Home isolation of relatives
Those of you who live in a household with an individual with Covid-19 are highly likely to become infected and must therefore isolate at home for at least seven days, reports Region Gävleborg.

Halland

No updated information at the moment.

Jönköping

19 Oct: Fewer tests for Covid-19 this week 
During week 43, testing opportunities for Covid-19 will be limited temporarily, reports Region Jönköping County. This is due to delayed delivery of analysis material. Inpatients, users of elderly and disability care services as well as medical and care service personnel will be prioritised for the tests that will be performed. It is very important that everyone with cold symptoms stay at home, says the region’s infection control doctor, Malin Bengnér.

14 Oct: Rules for those living with someone who has Covid-19
As of 14 October 2020, there are specific rules of conduct for those living with an individual infected with Covid-19, reports Region Jönköping. This means that everyone in the household needs to limit their contacts for at least a week.

Kalmar

19 Oct: Important to book an appointment for this year’s flu vaccine
Those who are to be vaccinated against this year’s seasonal flu must book an appointment, writes Region Kalmar.

It is particularly important that those in a risk group are vaccinated against seasonal flu this year, partly because healthcare services are otherwise at risk of being heavily burdened by both flu cases and Covid-19 patients.

17 Oct: The region warns against fake contract tracers
Region Kalmar is issuing a warning about fake contact tracers who want people who are called to disclose account details in connection with testing.

16 Oct: Home isolation for households with Covid-19
Region Kalmar presents the rules of conduct for households where an individual has confirmed Covid-19. Even if only one person in the household has been found to have Covid-19, all others in the household must also behave as though they have tested positive as well. This means, among other things, staying at home for at least seven days, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Kronoberg

15 Oct: Number of patients admitted has increased
The coronavirus situation in Region Kronoberg continues to look worrying. Among other things, the number of patients admitted has increased. “This week, the proportion of people infected appears to have increased further,” says Christian Blomkvist, Infection Control Doctor.

Norrbotten

16 Oct: Notify your healthcare provider if you have symptoms and plan a visit
Sometimes people with obvious cold symptoms visit healthcare centres, writes Region Norrbotten. Those who have symptoms must disclose this when they book an appointment. Everyone who needs it will receive medical care. The visit can then either be postponed or carried out in a safe manner. Anyone waiting for a test result should also avoid meeting others and notify their healthcare provider before visiting.

14 Oct: Fewer keeping their distance
Most municipalities in Norrbotten report that fewer people are keeping their distance from others. More elderly people than before are moving around places where people gather.

Skåne

19 Oct: Very worrying development 
The number of cases of Covid-19 is increasing sharply throughout the county, reports Region Skåne. The number of positive cases has increased from an average of 55 to 89 cases per day in the last week. The increase is taking place in all age groups. The region’s infection control doctor, Eva Melander, describes the development as very worrying. 

“I really want to emphasize the importance of everyone following the recommendations we have. It’s a matter of continuing to keep your distance from others, washing your hands frequently and not meeting others when you have symptoms. If you can work from home, then you should do so. Also it’s a good idea to remember to keep your distance from others if you have to travel by public transport,” says Eva Melander.

16 Oct: More infection cases in municipal care
Over the past week, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Skåne has increased from an average of 59 to 69 cases per day. Most of the people affected are between 19 and 49 years of age. However, more than thirty cases have also been reported among people over 70 years of age. At the same time, there has been an increase in infection among those who work in municipal care services.

15 Oct: Meet as few people as possible if someone in your household has Covid-19
Anyone who is an adult or attends upper-secondary school and lives with someone who has Covid-19 has new rules to follow, reports Region Skåne. They must work or study at home for at least seven days and meet as few people as possible, keep their distance from others and avoid public transport, community transportation services and taxis.

14 Oct: Seasonal flu vaccine for risk groups and their healthcare professionals
Region Skåne: This year, risk groups as well as medical and care service professionals working closely with people in risk groups are advised to get vaccinated against seasonal flu. From 1 December, people not included in these groups will be offered vaccination.

Stockholm

No updated information at the moment.

Sörmland

16 Oct: 1177 issues warning about fake calls
Several people have been contacted by one or more people professing to be calling from 1177, reports Region Sörmland. “At 1177 Vårdguiden, we don’t call patients without them having contacted us first. We advise anyone who has been called by people who claim to be one of us to report the call to the police,” says Sabina Kalaitzis Barrögård, head of Region Sörmland’s 1177 operations.

14 Oct: The situation is still serious: Keep your distance from others
The spread of infection is increasing in the county, but not in vulnerable groups. Södermanland County Administrative Board urges the public to continue following the advice and recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and Region Sörmland. Not everyone is keeping their distance from others, and risk groups are seen in shops, shopping centres and at sporting events.

Uppsala

15 Oct: Work at home if you can. Avoid crowding and after-work get-togethers.
More people need to work from home, and those who are at work should avoid crowding, writes Region Uppsala in a press release in light of the rapid rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Uppsala County. According to Johan Nöjd, Infection Control Doctor in Uppsala, many people become infected at their workplace or by colleagues when socialising after working hours.

Västerbotten

14 Oct: Situation remains serious
The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten reports that the situation concerning the spread of infection is still serious and urges the general public to follow the guidelines, keep their distance from others and only travel by public transport if it is absolutely necessary.

14 Oct: Few elderly people infected
Most people infected in Region Västerbotten are between the ages of 19 and 30, and only a few are seniors. The number of people infected is unchanged since week 40 and,as then, the spread of infection is mainly taking place in Umeå.

Västernorrland

19 Oct: Visiting ban reintroduced at hospitals
As of Wednesday 21 October, it will no longer be permitted to visit the hospitals in Region Västernorrland. Compliance with the visitor restrictions has been poor in general, writes the region, and personnel have experienced crowding in wards, which has increased the risk of infection transmission.

Västmanland

No updated information at the moment.

Västra Götaland

15 Oct: Keep your distance from others at work and in social situations
In week 41, 537 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Västra Götaland. This is the highest figure since mid-August. The greatest increase has been seen in the Gothenburg area and among people of working age. Infection Control Doctor Thomas Wahlberg urges people to keep their distance from others when they can and socialise on a small scale, both at work and in social situations in their leisure time.

Örebro

15 Oct: To those who have been in close contact with someone who has Covid‐19
Region Örebro and 1177 Vårdguiden Örebro announces that anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has been infected with Covid-19 should meet as few people as possible for a while, even if they do not have symptoms.

Östergötland 

No updated information at the moment.

Blekinge

9 Oct: Rules of conduct for family quarantine for Covid-19
On its website, Region Blekinge has published the rules of conduct for so-called family quarantine, which are applicable for households in which an individual has confirmed Covid-19.

Gotland

12 Oct: Several people infected at parties and workplaces
Fourteen new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed on Gotland in the past 24 hours. Several clusters of cases are linked to private parties and workplaces. “It is still very important to refrain from going to parties if you have symptoms that may be caused by Covid19, even if the symptoms are mild,” says Infection Control Doctor Maria Amér.

9 Oct: Visby Hospital appeals to the public: respect restrictions when visiting wards
Region Gotland has published a press release with an appeal from Visby Hospital requesting the general public to respect existing restrictions for visiting wards in order to reduce the spread of infection. There are indicators that the rules are not always being respected, writes the region. 

8 Oct: Infection at retirement home
Cases of Covid-19 have been discovered in a retirement home, reports Region Gotland. Contact tracing is in progress and protective measures have been taken. Residents, relatives and employees have been informed of the situation. The retirement home advises relatives and friends to refrain from visiting.

Dalarna

No updated information at the moment.

Halland

No updated information at the moment.

Jönköping

No updated information at the moment.

Kalmar

No updated information at the moment.

Kronoberg

13 Oct: Household contacts of Covid-19-positive individuals should stay at home for a week
In Region Kronoberg, the rules of conduct apply to household contacts of individuals who have confirmed Covid-19. This means that other people in the household are considered to be potential carriers of infection and should stay home for one week after the date of testing, even if they have no symptoms.

12 Oct: This year’s seasonal flu vaccine must be booked
On 3 November, Region Kronoberg will start vaccinating risk groups against seasonal flu free of charge. This year, it will not be possible to have drop-in vaccinations, which can create crowding. You must therefore book an appointment for your flu vaccination this year. Appointment bookings can be made from 20 October on 1177.se. If you need to call, call your primary care centre.   

Norrbotten

9 Oct: Extensive contact tracing after Covid-19 cases in hospital
Employees in two units at Sunderby Hospital have been found to have Covid-19. Contact tracing is now being carried out to prevent more people becoming infected by the virus.

Skåne

9 Oct: Continued spread of infection in Skåne
The trend of increased spread of infection in Skåne continues. The number of positive cases recorded over the past week has increased from an average of 50 per day to around 60.

Stockholm

12 Oct: Information on the rules of conduct for household members
Region Stockholm is introducing home isolation in Stockholm County to further reduce the spread of infection. Anyone who needs to follow the rules on home isolation in Stockholm County will be notified of this by Smittskydd Stockholm (Stockholm Infection Control Unit) or a doctor. Information about the rules of conduct may also come from the individual who has been found to be infected if he/she has been instructed to inform his/her contacts in the household.

Sörmland

No updated information at the moment.

Uppsala

12 Oct: Fewer people in Gottsunda have taken a test. Testing station now opened.
In Gottsunda, fewer people are getting tested for Covid-19 than in other parts of the county. Region Uppsala opened a station for testing in the district on Tuesday 13 October. It is located outside Gottsunda Healthcare Centre on Valthornsvägen. Several staff members are multilingual.

Västerbotten

12 Oct: New recommendation for households with confirmed Covid-19
Region Västerbotten is now also calling on people living with someone with confirmed Covid-19 to stay at home. The rules of conduct have been drawn up by the Public Health Agency of Sweden in collaboration with infection control doctors and apply to individuals who are upper-secondary-school aged and older.

Västernorrland

13 Oct: Rules of conduct for individuals in the same household as an infected person
Region Västernorrland is introducing specific rules of conduct for individuals living in the same household as someone with confirmed Covid-19. Individuals concerned must work and study from home for seven days from the date of testing. They may go out shopping for food or drop-off and collect children at preschool and school if hygiene and distancing rules are followed. Children can continue to attend preschool, compulsory school and upper-secondary school, but should meet as few people as possible for 14 days.

Västmanland

No updated information at the moment.

Västra Götaland

8 Oct: Slightly fewer cases of Covid-19 last week
401 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Västra Götaland in week 40. This is fewer cases than the previous week, but Infection Control Doctor Thomas Wahlberg stresses the importance of everyone continuing to take responsibility for reducing infection so that more people are not put at risk of becoming seriously ill. The spread is still greatest in the 20–29 age group.

Örebro

13 Oct  The spread of Covid-19 continues to increase
The number of cases of Covid-19 in Region Örebro is highest among people between the ages of 20 and 29. The infection is spread when people have close contact with each other, such as during sporting activities, at workplaces and at parties. The region’s infection control doctor, Gunlög Rasmussen, says that it is possible to stop the infection if we keep our distance from each other, wash our hands thoroughly and frequently and stay at home when we are ill. It is also important that those who are infected with Covid-19 adhere to the rules of conduct that they receive and that they participate in contact tracing. 

Östergötland 

8 Oct: Fewer children seriously ill with infections this year
The number of children admitted to hospital due to some form of infection halved in spring 2020 compared to the same period in the previous year, writes Region Östergötland on its website. The explanation is believed to be improved hand hygiene within the population, but also that more people stay home when they are ill.

Blekinge

1 Oct: Guidelines for visiting retirement homes
The infection control unit in Region Blekinge recommends that visits to retirement homes should be limited to one person at a time, or one child under 16 years of age accompanied by an adult. Visitors and others in their households must be completely healthy, i.e. have no cold symptoms. Visitors should be offered face masks or visors. Residents may also have their own routines.

Dalarna

2 Oct: Fewer cases of Covid-19  
In each week of the past month, the number of people infected in Dalarna rose. However, numbers fell during week 39, reports Dalarna County Administrative Board. Young people between the ages of 15 and 18 have been heavily overrepresented, but the difference when compared to other age groups has decreased. The number of people receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19 also appears to have stabilised.

1 Oct: Patients encouraged to visit the cardiology clinic in Falun
In a press release, Region Dalarna has encouraged people not to refrain from visiting the cardiology clinic. Cases of Covid-19 have been identified at the cardiology clinic, but not in the cardiology outpatient department. Kristina Hambreus, Head of Operations of the cardiology clinic at Falu Hospital, states that measures have been taken to enable patients to feel safe.

Halland

7 Oct: Infection affects ambulance services  
Region Halland reports that cases of Covid-19 infection have been discovered among ambulance station personnel in Falkenberg. Anyone who has been in contact with those infected will be tested, and patients who have been transported will be contacted. To reduce the spread of infection, personnel numbers will be minimised at the station in Falkenberg until 12 October. Other stations in the area will be staffed with extra personnel.

6 Oct: This year’s flu vaccine for the elderly and risk groups
In Region Halland, this year’s flu vaccine will be free of charge for those aged 65 and over or who belong to one of the medical risk groups for Covid-19. This year, it is particularly important that at-risk groups get vaccinated to minimise the risk of developing severe flu. To avoid crowding, appointments should be booked via 1177.se. There will be no drop-in clinics at primary care centres.   

Kalmar

6 Oct: No further cases, so Folktandvården in Berga reopens
Region Kalmar reports that Folktandvården in Berga centrum has reopened after cases of Covid-19 were discovered among the personnel. All employees have now been tested and no further cases of Covid-19 have been found.

Kronoberg

1 Oct: Slightly more cases in Kronoberg
In comparison with previous weeks, the number of positive cases increased in week 39 in Region Kronoberg. This is not a major outbreak but rather a local cluster of cases linked to places of work and leisure activities, among other things. “Stay at home if you are ill, keep your distance from others and maintain good hand hygiene,” says the region’s Infection Control Doctor Christian Blomkvist. 

Norrbotten

2 Oct: Follow guidelines, keep your distance from others, wash hands   
The spread of infection has increased in recent weeks, reports Region Norrbotten. Spread of infection occurs when people do not stay at home when they have symptoms, when they do not keep their distance from others and when they do not practise proper hand hygiene. Many people report crowding in a shopping centre in Luleå.

Skåne

7 Oct: Rising figures in Skåne
The number of Covid-19 cases in Region Skåne is rising. The increase is taking place mainly among those aged between 19 and 49, but also among the elderly. So far, few patients are receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Skåne. However if this increase continues, there is a risk that healthcare services will be burdened.

5 Oct: The number of cases has also increased in Skåne
The number of Covid-19 cases in Region Skåne has increased, reports the region. During September, the number of new cases remained at between 30 and 40 per day, but in recent days this has increased to around 50 new cases per day. The precise reasons behind this increase are not clear, states Infection Control Doctor Eva Melander.

Stockholm

6 Oct: More cases in Stockholm
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Region Stockholm continue to increase. Compared with the previous report, slightly more people are now receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19. However according to the region, this is not a significant trend reversal. 

1 Oct: The region prepares for home isolation
Preparations are underway to introduce home isolation in Region Stockholm. This means that the Stockholm Infection Control Unit will soon introduce specific rules of conduct for those living in the same household as someone infected with Covid-19. The reason for this is the marked increase in Covid-19 cases in the county.

Uppsala

7 Oct: No admissions halt at Uppsala University Hospital
On Tuesday, Uppsala University Hospital halted the intake of patients for planned operations and other care that can be deferred. The admissions halt has now been lifted and the provision of healthcare services has returned to normal. The halt was due to increased pressure on beds, not just the increased spread of Covid-19 infection in Uppsala County, reports the hospital.

2 Oct: Ban on visiting wards until further notice  
Region Uppsala reports that the ban on visitors will continue at Uppsala University Hospital, Enköping Hospital and community-based inpatient care units. as the spread of infection has increased recently. As before, exceptions can be made for relatives of critically ill patients if visitors do not have respiratory symptoms. The ban on visitors does not apply to parents of children who have been hospitalised.

30 Sept: Worrying development. The ban on visiting healthcare facilities continues.
The spread of Covid-19 has increased in the last week in Region Uppsala. More of those who have taken a test for Covid-19 have been shown to be infected, and more patients are being treated for Covid-19 at Uppsala University Hospital. Mikael Köhler, Director of Healthcare, describes these developments as worrying. As a result of this trend, for the time being Region Uppsala will maintain the ban on visiting healthcare facilities that has been in force since March.

Västernorrland

1 Oct: Contact the hospital ward you want to visit
It is once again permitted to visit wards in Region Västernorrland. However, it is important to follow general advice in order to prevent the spread of infection and to follow each ward’s rules for visits. A maximum of two people per inpatient is the general rule. Wards may refuse visits if they cannot be conducted in a manner that complies with preventive measures to contain the spread of the virus. It is therefore important that visitors contact the ward they intend to visit.

30 Sept: Use a face mask when visiting retirement homes in Umeå
An increased spread of infection has been reported in Region Västerbotten for the last couple of weeks.  
“The existing recommendations are sufficient to limit the spread of infection,” states the region’s Infection Control Doctor Stephan Stenmark. Visitors to retirement homes in Umeå are recommended to use face masks as a complement to existing routines.

Västra Götaland

1 Oct: Increase in the number of cases in Sjuhärad, Skaraborg and Gothenburg
The spread of Covid-19 in Västra Götaland has increased for the fourth week in a row. Infection Control Doctor Thomas Wahlberg urges everyone to follow recommendations issued by the authorities carefully. The increase in cases is most pronounced in those aged between 20 and 29, but also in other age groups. Most new cases are currently being discovered in Sjuhärad and Skaraborg, as well as in the Gothenburg area. The infection is being spread especially in student-related activities and events, schools, workplaces and parties, as well as in connection with sports activities and events.

Örebro

6 Oct: Pronounced increase. Code of conduct introduced.    
The number of infected people in Region Örebro has increased significantly. Gunlög Rasmussen, Infection Control Doctor, says that the difference cannot be explained by increased testing. The majority of infected individuals are upper-secondary-school aged and 20–29-year-olds. On 7 October, the region will introduce rules of conduct for people in the same household as somebody with a confirmed Covid-19 infection. This means that they may need to stay home from work for up to seven days.  

 

Blekinge

28 Sept: Withdrawal of intake stop in Karlskrona
Surgery department 49 at Blekinge Hospital in Karlskrona is now cancelling its intake stoppage, as there is no longer any transmission of Covid-19 there, reports Region Blekinge.

Dalarna

24 Sept: Continued restrictions on visits to retirement homes
Infection control in Region Dalarna recommends continued limitation of visits to the county's special accommodation after 1 October. The reason for this is continued transmission of infection. In a short time, the number of cases of Covid-19 has doubled in the region.

Gotland

29 Sept: Own responsibility for visits
On Thursday 1 October, visiting care homes and wards in the hospital will be permitted again, writes Region Gotland. The individual has a great responsibility to follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations for keeping distance, washing hands and staying home if you have symptoms of illness.

25 Sept: This applies when visiting Visby Hospital
From 1 October onwards, it is once again permitted to visit special accommodation and care departments at Visby Hospital, reports Region Gotland. Avoid visits if you have any respiratory symptoms whatsoever or if you have been in contact with someone who has been positively tested for Covid-19 in the past two weeks. Wash hands and keep away. Visits should be made in your relative's apartment and not in public areas. It is a good idea to wear a visor or face mask. Follow the recommendations for each resident. 

Kronoberg

28 Sept: Review of Co-Related Deaths Outside Hospital  
Region Kronoberg has conducted a review of 60 deaths in Covid-19 outside of hospitals. In every fifth patient, Covid-19 was the primary cause of death. Slightly more than every other died from a combination of Covid-19 and underlying diseases. In every fourth event, death occurred for a time after completion of infection when the patient was declared fit for work. Covid-19 may have contributed to a weakening, but the patient died from his/her other diseases.

25 Sept: Tendency to increase in Kronoberg
The number of positive cases of Covid-19 has increased in Region Kronoberg in recent days. The increase is taking place in all age groups in different parts of the county. These are local collections of five to ten cases, linked to, for example, sports clubs, schools, private events and workplaces including education. "We can't relax. This is not over, "says Infection Control Doctor Christian Blomkvist. ”There is a risk that the spread of infection will take off properly and that we will have more serious cases of illness, unless we all help and follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden."  

Skåne

25 Sept: Increased sampling and stable position
Region Skåne describes the infection status as stable due to a significant increase in sampling. On average, around 40 positive cases are recorded every day, particularly among people between the ages of 19 and 49.

24 Sept: Failure to respond to test on September 15th
Almost all of the self-tests performed in Region Skåne are analysed without any problems, but many who collected a self-test on 15 September have not received any response. The problem only applies to people who have not received a test result. They have received a test result and have received a reliable response. The region is now reviewing what went wrong.

Stockholm

29 Sept: Continued increase in Stockholm
The confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Region Stockholm continue to increase. The Infection Prevention Doctor describes this as a trend break and that it may be the beginning of a major upturn, or that the number of cases is increasing. The number of people caring for Covid-19 is lower than in the latest report and on a par with the last weeks.

25 Sept: Increase in positive test results
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Region Stockholm has been at a low level since the spring, with small variations up and down. In recent weeks, the proportion of samples collected that have been shown to be infected with Covid-19 has increased. The infection control doctor takes a serious view of the situation and considers that this may mean the start of an upturn or that the number of cases is at a new and higher level.

Sörmland

29 Sept: Children 6 years and older can be sampled for ongoing Covid-19 infection  
Now it is possible for children aged 6 years and older to be tested for ongoing Covid-19 infection, writes Region Sörmland. The sample is taken as self-sampling and appointment bookings are made as for adults via 1177.se.

28 Sept: Most died for reasons other than Covid-19
Region Sörmland has reviewed all deaths from residential care and short-term accommodation, as well as patients with home care and SSIH (specialized home care), where the death certificate states Covid-19. The deaths that have been reviewed have occurred between 17 March and 27 August. According to Marie Bennermo, Head of the Patient Safety Unit in Region Sörmland, more than eighty percent of the deceased have another main cause of death. 

Västerbotten

30 Sept: Use protective mask when visiting elderly care facilities in Umeå
An increased spread of infection has been reported in Region Västerbotten for a couple of weeks.  The existing recommendations are sufficient to limit the spread of infection, "states the region's infection control physician Stephan Stenmark. Visitors to the retirement home in Umeå are recommended to use face masks as a complement to existing procedures.

Västra Götaland

24 Sept: Be careful about parties and get-togethers 
The number of cases of Covid infection has increased in Västra Götaland. Infection control doctor Thomas Wahlberg calls to keep distance and avoid parties and gatherings to reduce the spread of infection. If the recommendations are not followed, the increase will continue. Several cases of infection have occurred after parties.

Örebro

29 Sept: Important to break the spread of infection
Region Örebro notes that the increase seen in August stopped in week 39. It is now important to track infection and to break the lines of infection transmission. It is also very important to manage the general infection control measures, "says the region's infection control doctor Gunlög Rasmussen. She also reminds you that you need to be completely healthy to visit the county's hospital. 

Blekinge

23 Sept: Admissions to surgery department halted after infection
Region Blekinge has imposed a halt on admissions to surgery department 49 at Blekinge Hospital in Karlskrona. Two staff members and two patients have been infected with coronavirus. It is not clear whether they were infected in the hospital.

17 Sept: No testing for children under 16 in Blekinge
Region Blekinge does not perform testing for Covid-19 on children under 16 years of age. Many tests are currently being performed, but there are very few cases of Covid-19 in Blekinge, writes the region.  

Dalarna

22 Sept: Increased spread of infection in Dalarna
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 is increasing, reports Region Dalarna. “Most of the cases are in Mora Municipality, but the spread of infection is also taking place elsewhere in the county. Anyone with the slightest sign of illness must stay at home,” says Assistant Infection Control Doctor Helena Ernlund.

Gotland

17 Sept: Gotland: Seek care in good time!
“Many people avoid seeking medical care even though they need it,” reports Region Gotland. Residents are now being encouraged to seek medical care in time so that any problems they may have do not get worse.

Jämtland Härjedalen

21 Sept: How to book a test for children   
The guardian of children up to the age of 13 can log in to 1177.se with their BankID and book a test as the child’s representative. Children between the ages of 13 and 18 need their own BankID or Freja eID Plus to book an appointment. Please note that bank Security ID (SäkerhetsID) does not work for this, states Region Jämtland Härjedalen.

18 Sept: Antibody tests underway for risk groups and others
Many people are getting tested, but few are infected in Region Jämtland Härjedalen. Testing is now also being carried out to detect antibodies. Thus far, all medical professionals in the region have been tested, and testing has started for the municipalities’ healthcare and care service personnel. After this, people who are in a medical risk group will be able to get an antibody test, followed by people working in essential services, other adults, and finally children and adolescents. Read more about the testing here.

Jönköping

21 Sept: Prioritisation can increase waiting times for others
There is great demand for Covid-19 testing in Region Jönköping. Patients in need of inpatient care, those in homes for the elderly or those with disabilities, as well as medical and care staff are prioritised and should be tested as soon as possible if they have symptoms. Testing of others can wait until they have experienced symptoms for at least 24 hours. The waiting time for testing may be longer for those not included in the prioritised groups.  

Norrbotten

23 Sept: Number of cases rising in the region
The pandemic is not over so this is no time to let our guard down, writes Region Norrbotten.
The number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 is increasing. According to Infection Control Doctor Anders Nystedt, there are signs that people are not following the guidelines for preventing the spread of infection as carefully as before.

Skåne

18 Sept: Cancel your appointment if you don’t need to get a test
After a couple of weeks of decelerating spread, the number of cases has increased slightly in Skåne, but the spread of infection is still stable. Some thirty cases are recorded every day, most of which are people between the ages of 19 and 49. Anyone who does not need to use a booked time should cancel it so that waiting times are kept down, states Region Skåne.

Stockholm

22 Sept: Increase in proportion of cases in Stockholm
The proportion of positive cases in those tested in Region Stockholm has risen more between week 37 and week 38 than the weeks before. The Infection Control Doctor’s assessment is that the increase may signify the start of an uptick or that the number of cases is at a new, slightly higher level than before.

22 Sept: Stockholm Healthcare fighting to catch up  
After the spring, work is currently underway to treat the patients whose medical care has been delayed and who now cannot wait any longer. In order for this to work, the infection must be kept under control, writes Region Stockholm. Call 1177 if you are ill and attend the visits and check-ups you are called to. Help limit the spread of infection by washing your hands, staying at home if you are ill and keeping your distance from others.

Sörmland

18 Sept: Important to stay home after testing
The number of cases of Covid-19 is increasing in Sörmland, reports the region. It is therefore important to stay at home while waiting for test results. “If the result is negative, you can assume that you only have a common cold and act accordingly,” says Infection Control Doctor Signar Mäkitalo.

Värmland

18 Sept: Appointments for testing children can be booked once again
The analysis machine that broke down last week has now been repaired. Children between 6 and 15 years old with symptoms of Covid-19 can be tested again at all primary care centres. You can book via 1177 and the e-services for the primary care centre in which you are registered, writes Region Värmland.

Västerbotten

23 Sept: Increased spread of infection in Västerbotten
In Region Västerbotten the number of cases of Covid-19 is increasing, especially in the Umeå area. According to the region’s infection control doctors, the virus has spread in home, work and restaurant settings.

17 Sept: No increased spread of infection on Umeå Campus
The incidence of Covid-19 among students and employees on Umeå Campus at Umeå University was very low at the start of the autumn semester, writes Region Västerbotten. “It’s useful for Umeå University and other universities in Sweden to know that the spread of infection at Umeå University did not increase at the start of the semester,” says Anders Johansson, the investigation project manager for the Public Health Agency.

Västernorrland

17 Sept: The ban on visits will expire on 1 October, but not the responsibility
The ban on visits to wards in Region Västernorrland will end on 1 October. Those visiting a patient must follow the guidelines. In other words, they must be completely asymptomatic and keep their distance.

17 Sept: Do not collect a self-test if you have symptoms
Pharmacies in Västernorrland appeal to customers who need to get tested not to go to the pharmacy themselves. Send someone who is healthy to collect the material, writes Region Västernorrland.

Västmanland

23 Sept: Sharp rise in Västmanland
Sixty-five new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Region Västmanland since 21 September. This is more than the total number of new cases in any whole week since the summer. The infection has spread mainly in schools – primarily at upper-secondary and university level, and in ice hockey teams. The cases have occurred in different parts of the county, with the majority in Västerås and Köping.

Västra Götaland

22 Sept: 150 primary care centres ready for antibody tests.
In Region Västra Götaland, everyone over the age of 18 will be offered antibody tests as of 28 September. Approximately 150 primary care centres and some hospitals will offer antibody tests. Bookings can be made on the 1177.se website. 

Örebro

22 Sept: Ban on visits lifted due to low rate of spread of infection and high testing capacity
From 1 October, visiting relatives at Karlskoga Hospital, Lindesberg Hospital and Örebro University Hospital will be allowed once again, writes Region Örebro County. Visitors must be healthy, keep their distance from others, follow hygiene guidelines and so on. “It is still important to limit the number of visitors and accompanying persons,” says Gunlög Rasmussen, Infection Control Doctor. 

Östergötland

18 Sept: Please wait before booking an appointment for testing
Region Östergötland has a low rate of spread of infection, with just over one per cent positive test results. It is therefore recommended that residents wait before booking an appointment for testing. “Book an appointment if you continue to get worse after two days,” says the region’s Infection Control Doctor Britt Åkerlind.

 

Dalarna

9/7: Significant Interest in Testing Means Longer Wait Times
Region Dalarna has increased the number of available testing slots but interest remains great. Many have colds and wish to book PCR tests. This means they may have to wait several days for a testing slot. Those with minor symptoms should not call their health center to book an appointment. Instead, they should book an appointment via the “Min Vård Dalarna” app, says regional infection control. Visit the Region’s website for more information.  

9/7: Children With Symptoms Should Be Tested
Region Dalarna’s infection control recommends that children from preschool and upwards be tested for COVID-19 if they show symptoms. Unless necessary, younger children should remain home without testing.

Jämtland Härjedalen

9/9: Testing Buses Increase Capacity
The capacity of so-called “testing buses” has increased as a result of interest in testing, states the Region in a press release. Many wonder how reliable the self-tests are. According to the Region, hospital methods provide the same results as self-testing on the buses.

Kalmar

9/9: Fewer Visits to Emergency Rooms and Primary Care
The pandemic’s affect on the healthcare system includes a reduction in visits to emergency rooms and primary care. At the same time, the number of calls to 1177 has increased, and the digitalization of health services has taken a leap forward, writes Region Kalmar.

Norrbotten

9/8: Poorer Compliance Among the Elderly and School Children
Norrbotten’s County Administrative Board reports a drop in compliance with recommendations among the elderly and school children. By contrast, compliance is high among elderly using public transportation.

Skåne

9/7: Additional Locations Offer Testing
In Skåne, it is now possible to get tested for COVID-19 in more locations. In addition to the self-tests authorized representatives can get at the pharmacy, it’s now also possible to self-test at drive-in testing sites. Visit the 1177 Skåne website to find out more.  

Uppsala

9/7: County Transportation Lists Which Departures Should Be Avoided
The Uppsala County Transportation website ul.se lists which bus and train departures should be avoided as long as the social distance recommendation is in place, writes Region Uppsala. 

Västerbotten

9/9 Self-Testing Possible Without Electronic Identification
Starting next week, it will be possible for people without BankID to test themselves using self-testing, writes Region Västerbotten.

9/4: Children With Symptoms Should Be Tested
In Västerbotten, testing is recommended for children six years and up who show symptoms, according to 1177 Vårdguiden (Swedish Healthcare Guide). However, county health clinics and infirmaries do not currently have the ability to test children with mild cold symptoms.

Västernorrland

9/9: Possible to Order Testing Kits for Children
It’s now possible to order testing kits for children six years and up with symptoms. An adult’s help is required, writes Region Västernorrland.

Västra Götaland

9/8: Region’s Response to be Evaluated
The Västra Götaland Regional Board is having Kommunforskning i Västsverige (KFi Väst) evaluate Region Västra Götaland’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.     

Örebro

9/9: Alarming Increase in Crime Statistics
The County Administrative Board of Örebro reports an increase in crime statistics which coincides with the timing of the coronavirus. Among them, reports of violence against children and rape have increased.

9/8: Avoid Using Mobility Service During Rush Hour
Demand for the mobility service, which provides rides for medical services and disabled school children, has increased sharply. Please avoid using the mobility service during rush hour, writes Region Örebro.

Östergötland

9/5: Children Will Not Be Tested
Region Östergötland will not be testing children with mild symptoms.

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