The test station in Kristiansand is open for rapid testing also on Saturday and Sunday. The offer is for students and employees at UiA, since UiA pays for the stations. In Grimstad, the test station is open on weekdays as before. Six students have been diagnosed with coronavirus in week 35, the last one on Sunday.
The government's strategy has changed from contact tracing and extensive use of quarantine to more testing and vaccination. More people have been vaccinated and fewer people develop seriously illness or need hospitalisation. The government announces that Norway will remain at step three of the reopening plan.
However, the number of infected individuals is increasing sharply, 10-15 percent among the fully vaccinated have been exposed to infection. There is also a new version of coronavirus, Covid B.1.621 or Mu variant, (in Norwegian it is called MY) which WHO (World Health Organisation) describes as a ‘variant of interest’.
The queues at the test station near Spicheren on Campus Kristiansand have been long. We also know that many students - and employees for that matter - have more social contact, especially on weekends, so the need to be able to take rapid tests increases.
UiA has agreed with Medic Sør, which operates the test station, to keep open
The test station is also open from 10:00 – 14:000 on weekdays, as before.
The test site on Campus Kristiansand only offers rapid tests. In case of coronavirus symptoms, the PCR test is required - and it can only be taken at the municipal test stations in Kristiansand.
At Campus Grimstad, the pressure on the test station is not nearly as great as on Campus Kristiansand, so there is no need to extend the opening times.
Here, everyone can get a PCR test, the extended version that everyone with coronavirus symptoms is required to take, and which there are now long queues for at the municipal test stations in Kristiansand. The test station on Campus Grimstad is open to all UiA’s employees and students.
The government and the infection control authorities are very keen on getting everyone vaccinated, and that everyone who has received one dose also take the second dose. Everyone must register to get vaccinated - including students who are registered as residents in other municipalities, both in Kristiansand and in Grimstad
You will find all the information you need to register and get vaccinated, including appointments and drop-in vaccination options on this page: Information and guidelines about the coronavirus – scroll down to the ‘Vaccination’ item.
Everyone should download and use the app from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. This is now more important than before since contact tracers are struggling to find close contacts. It will help you since you will be told if you have been near an infected person – and you can take a rapid test to check yourself out.
It is voluntary - but smart - to download the app. You do it here: https://www.fhi.no/en/about/smittestopp/
Now that things are more relaxed and social activity is increasing, it is still important to keep a metre distance. UiA makes sure it is kept in classrooms. The reason is that even though more and more people are being vaccinated, infection rates are still high. This makes physical distancing a good precautionary measure.
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.
The emergency management team has been informed by the contact tracers in Kristiansand and Grimstad about six cases of coronavirus among UiA students in week 35.
There were two cases in Kristiansand on Tuesday 31 August - one at the Faculty of Social Sciences and one at the Teacher Education Unit.
Fellow students received text messages from the municipal contact tracers, sent via UiA. The students diagnosed with coronavirus had only been on campus for a short time - and the teaching continues as planned while the infected are placed in isolation. Other students who had participated in lectures with the infected students were told to get tested.
A student at the Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences tested positive on Friday after attending a lecture on Tuesday 31 August. Fellow students received text messages informing them to look out for symptoms and get tested if in doubt.
On Saturday, a student at the School of Business and Law at UiA was diagnosed with coronavirus. The student had participated in several lectures during the week, and 122 fellow students received an SMS telling them to get tested as soon as possible at any hint of symptoms. This rule applies to all students and staff, but those who received an SMS and were physically present at that specific lecture must absolutely make sure they get tested.
On Sunday, a student at the Teacher Education Unit tested positive, and was put in isolation by the contact tracing team at the municipal health service in Kristiansand. The student had lectures on Friday 3 September, and fellow students received a text message from the contact tracers sent via UiA-CIM. Fellow students and the course teacher were told to get tested and look out for symptoms. Those who have not had coronavirus or been vaccinated will be quarantined until they have received the result of the test. Those who have been vaccinated or have had coronavirus will not be quarantined but are encouraged to get tested.
On Friday, a case of coronavirus was detected on Campus Grimstad. A student at the Faculty of Engineering and Science has been placed in isolation in a hotel by the municipal health service.
The contact tracing team in Grimstad notified fellow students with this message:
“... If you attended these lectures on Thursday or Friday this week, we ask you to get tested as soon as possible. The infection quarantine for close contacts lasts 10 days after the last exposure, or until a negative result of the coronavirus test is available.
People who are fully vaccinated do not need to be quarantined, but you should stay home and take a coronavirus test if you develop symptoms. If you have one vaccine dose, you are exempt from quarantine if you take a test from 3-7 days after close contact.”
The test site at Campus Grimstad is closed during the weekend, but if it is difficult to get the test at the municipal test centre, the test centre at Campus Kristiansand is open between 12:00 and 14:00 both Saturday and Sunday.