Oslo Municipality asks residents of nursing homes not to go home for Christmas

ChristmasPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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Oslo Municipality asks residents of nursing homes not to go home at Christmas, out of consideration for their own risk of infection and the risk of infection for other residents in the nursing home.

The Nursing Home Service in Oslo has previously introduced several measures to reduce infection risk for residents and employees. 

On Friday, new infection control measures were introduced, Oslo Municipality stated.

“We recommend that residents do not travel home to relatives at Christmas. 

“It is out of consideration for their own risk of infection and the risk of infection for the other residents in nursing homes,” agency director Helge Jagmann in the Nursing Home Agency noted.

Extra resources

He says they’re putting in extra resources to ensure that the residents have a nice Christmas, even though there are clear infection control rules in the nursing homes.

If residents choose to go home for Christmas, they must be quarantined in their room for four days on return, and a COVID-19 test must be taken on day three. 

In the event of a negative test result, the quarantine expires on day four.

The infection pressure at the nursing homes in Oslo remains high. A total of 43 employees and five residents in 25 nursing homes are infected.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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