An employee at the School of Business and Law at UiA has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The person in question took part in start-up meetings and has been in close contact with other employees at Campus Grimstad, but the situation seems to be under control.
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Local health services have notified 23 people who were in the tent near the mechatronics lab on Tuesday that they have to get tested. In addition, two employees have been defined as close contacts and have also been told to take a test.
This is a wake-up call and leads to increased focus on QR codes and Covid testing.
From now on, the test site at the main entrance/Bluebox on Campus Grimstad will be open every weekday from 12:00 - 14:00 - not Saturday or Sunday.
The test site near Spicheren at Campus Kristiansand is open every weekday from 09:00 - 11:00 - and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
“Rapid tests will be offered here, and the demand will probably increase”, says emergency manager and head of security at UiA, Jan Egil Heinecke.
The reason is that SiA considers Covid passport for use at some events. Green Covid passes will only be available to those who are either fully vaccinated or can show a recent negative test.
“We will consider expanding the opening hours at the test sites if need be. But we have to consider the cost against the number of people wanting to get tested”, says the security chief.
There are QR codes at all entrances to tents, auditoriums, classrooms, and group study rooms. It is very important, and UiA has set it as a requirement, that everyone entering a room scans the QR code.
“We saw this in Grimstad. Students were being held back until they had scanned the code, and this meant that it was a simple task for Grimstad municipality’s infection control team to track down the ones who need to get tested. We would have had to resort to more drastic measures if we hadn’t had the QR codes”, says Heinecke.
The municipal medical officers and infection tracking units in both Grimstad and Kristiansand underline that everyone must scan QR codes, since it greatly facilitates contact tracing.
1. Stay at home if you are ill or develop even very mild respiratory symptoms
2. Wash your hands or sanitise them often
3. Social distancing is important – maintain at least a one-metre distance. Keep this in mind when you are in the student cafeteria and common areas.
4. Limit the number of close contacts you have as best you can. And keep track of the people you have been in contact with for more than 15 minutes within two metres of each other.
All such small contributions help us be better equipped in the fight against coronavirus.