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Testing yields results

Queues were very long on Wednesday, both at the rapid test tent and at the municipality’s mobile test centre on Campus Kristiansand. It yielded results: 5 students have been confirmed to have coronavirus and have been put in isolation, 147 students have been quarantined.

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 Update 26 August:

On quarantine:

Students who did not attend the lecture on campus are exempt from quarantine. But again - if everyone scans the QR codes during lectures, it will be easier for everyone.

The queue for the rapid test tent was long on Wednesday.

The queue for the rapid test tent was long on Wednesday.

At least three of the five were diagnosed after testing on campus. Three are students at the School of Business and Management at UiA, one is a student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and one is a student at the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

One problem is that a lot of people do not use the QR codes that are found in the classrooms. This means that we have to impose quarantine on everyone. A total of 147 students have been quarantined by Kristiansand municipality's infection control team.

One of the students at the Faculty of Social Sciences was at a lecture in a big auditorium on Monday 23 August without using the QR code. This means that the contact tracers had to put 128 students in quarantine, instead of a handful if all of them had used the QR code. All these students have received an SMS from the contact tracers, forwarded by UiA:

Message from the contact tracers

Important message:

You were in close contact with a person who has Covid-19 on Monday 23 August, 14:15-16:00 at a lecture at the University of Agder Kristiansand. We ask that you take a test as soon as possible. The quarantine for close contacts lasts 10 days after last exposure or until a negative test result is received, taken no earlier than 7 days after the last exposure, i.e. Monday 30 August 21.

If you get new symptoms call the coronavirus hotline on 9480 9041. Read more about the rules for quarantine here: https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/quarantine-and-isolation/  

People who have been fully vaccinated (more than a week since your second dose) do not need to be quarantined, but you should stay at home and take a coronavirus test if you develop symptoms. Kristiansand municipality recommends fully vaccinated people to take the test even if you do not have symptoms.

 If you received the first vaccine dose 3 to 15 weeks ago, you are exempt from quarantine if you test 3 to 7 days after you last had close contact with an infected person.

Read more about the exceptions here: https://www.kristiansand.kommune.no/smitteinfo

If you are going to undergo a testing regimen and thus avoid infection quarantine, you will receive information about this from the infection control authority.

Regards, the infection control authority in Kristiansand municipality

Students who did not attend the lecture on campus are exempt from quarantine. But again - if everyone scans the QR codes during lectures, it will be easier for everyone.

“Let us add that many have now started to use the QR codes. We are happy about that, and we hope everyone follows suit”, says preparedness manager Jan Egil Heinecke.

The probability that some of the 147 students live in SiA housing is high. The organisation will send a text message to all residents and ask those who have been quarantined to get in touch. SiA has a separate scheme for them, which means they can get some support during the quarantine period.

Home tests are not sufficient

Some are now wondering whether the home tests they have purchased can get them out of quarantine.

“The answer is no. To get out of quarantine, an official test centre must perform the test. Self-tests are not good enough”, Heinecke says, after having consulted with the municipal health services in Kristiansand

Other cases under control

The first student at the School of Business and Management at UiA who was diagnosed with coronavirus has been moved to a quarantine hotel by the municipality. The person in question lived in shared accommodation. All close contacts have been traced.

The close contacts of the second student from the School of Business and Management at UiA have also been traced, and the third student’s contacts are being traced. Two groups of close contacts will receive text messages tonight about the quarantine - like the 128 students at the Faculty of Social Sciences. See the text message above.

A student at the Faculty of Humanities and Education, who was diagnosed with coronavirus, took part in face-to-face teaching on Monday, without scanning the QR code. The infection tracers have not recommended quarantine for fellow students, but UiA has decided to switch to online teaching on Thursday.

Kristiansand municipality's mobile test centre offers PCR tests, tests where you get the result the following day. This is where you should go if you have symptoms or if you got a positive result on a rapid test. The caravan is on Campus Kristiansand on Friday from 11 to 14. The alternative is the permanent test centre at Kløvertun, Kongsgård.

Kristiansand municipality's mobile test centre offers PCR tests, tests where you get the result the following day. This is where you should go if you have symptoms or if you got a positive result on a rapid test. The caravan is on Campus Kristiansand on Friday from 11 to 14. The alternative is the permanent test centre at Kløvertun, Kongsgård.

Test centres and vaccine

Test site opening hours have been extended on Campus Kristiansand due to high demand.  Read more about it here – the test site at Campus Grimstad is also included.

Vaccine:

If you have not been vaccinated or need a second dose - read how to get the vaccine in Grimstad or Kristiansand - scroll down to Vaccination.