Yellow alert level at University Hospital of North Norway: 15 patients admitted with COVID-19

Photo: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen / NTB

The University Hospital of North Norway is at the yellow alert level – 15 people have been admitted with COVID-19. The infection is increasing in Tromsø Municipality.

On Sunday, the University Hospital of North Norway (UNN) switched from the green to yellow emergency preparedness level due to a steady increase in hospitalized corona patients in the last week.

The yellow level means, among other things, that it consider taking on additional staff and prepares for the escalation of pandemic operations.

Three people in the ICU 

On Sunday afternoon, there were 15 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, 14 in Tromsø, and one in Narvik. That is the highest number of admissions at the UNN since the pandemic started.

“UNN handles this in line with the plans we have. We have good routines and systems. We follow the situation closely and can take action if the number of admissions continues to increase,” David Johansen stated in a press release.

Three patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), but no one is on respirators at the moment. The admitted patients are both unvaccinated and vaccinated.

Increase in infection

In the last two days, Tromsø Municipality has confirmed over 60 new cases of infection, the newspaper iTromsø writes. Trond Brattland, chief infection control officer in Tromsø, told the newspaper that he does not fully understand where the infection is coming from and why it is increasing.

“It is the opposite of the trend in the rest of the country. We’re scratching our heads because we have no single outbreak or group that can explain it,” Brattland said.

Most cases of infection are in the group of 15 to 35 years.

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