Bergen hospitals lower emergency preparedness level

Haukeland University HospitalPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB

Haukeland University Hospital and Haraldsplass Diakonale Sykehus are lowering the emergency preparedness level. 

The decision was made after the Bergen Hospital Trust (Helse Bergen) went through the risk assessment that the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) presented on Wednesday, the newspaper Bergensavisen writes.

The FHI states that parts of the rationale for contact-reducing measures are no longer valid and that it is hardly sensible to keep strict measures against the pandemic in place over time. Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians will be infected this winter, but the omicron variant will result in far fewer hospital admissions than the delta variant, the FHI noted in its report.

In control

“After an overall assessment of the situation, we have chosen to change the preparedness level to ‘green.’ It is a signal that we have control of the situation,” Helse Bergen chief Eivind Hansen stated.

However, the likely increase in the influx of patients in the future is also taken into account.

“We are planning for a maximum of 20 new patients every day – up to 60 concurrent patients. The estimate is a maximum of 15 patients on respirators at a time. But there is a great deal of uncertainty associated with the figures,” Hansen stated.

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