With suspected infection, people are tested to limit the spread of the new corona virus so that as many as possible can attend kindergarten, school and go to work – as well as to obtain the best possible overview of the infection rate.
Tests are mainly taken when it is suspected that a person is infected with the corona virus and when the symptoms have lasted for at least 48 hours. If the test is taken too early, there is a high risk that the test will show a false negative result giving a false sense of security. The testing of people in quarantine will not shorten the quarantine period if the test is negative. Children and adults with mild symptoms of a cold must stay at home for up to one day after they recover. Testing is not necessary.
With confirmed infection, the office of infection control will track the infection
When someone tests positive for the corona virus, it is important to find out who the person has been in close contact with. Close contacts may have been exposed to infection from Covid-19 for 24 hours before the onset of symptoms and up until the person comes out of isolation. Under the Covid-19 regulations, close contacts of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 must be quarantined. If a quarantined person develops symptoms of Covid-19, it is recommended that everyone who is considered a member of the household should also be quarantined.
Telephone call to everyone who has been quarantined
Only those who are considered close contacts will be contacted. Those who are not contacted can go to work, kindergarten or school as normal. Information regarding infection is subject to confidentiality. People in the local community are not automatically informed about who is infected.
Members of a household are individuals who:
- live in the same household as a person who has tested positive or is probably ill with Covid-19;
- have close contact with a household, for example, a girl/boyfriend of a person who has tested positive or is probably ill with Covid-19;
- has nursed a patient or had similar physical contact with a person, who has tested positive or is probably ill with Covid-19, and has not used recommended personal protective equipment.
Close contacts have had the following contact 24 hours before the ill person developed symptoms:
- Indoors: a distance of less than two meters for a consecutive period of more than 15 minutes, regardless of position, with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.
- Outdoors: a distance of less than two meters for a consecutive period of more than 15 minutes face-to-face with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.
- Has had direct physical contact (for example, a handshake) with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.
- Has been in direct contact with secretion (for example, directly coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.