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It is the nursing home itself that on Tuesday informs about the latest death on its website. The deceased is a woman in her 90s, who was infected with the coronavirus.

– It is another reminder of how sad and serious the outbreak there has been, says municipal chief Carl Magnus Jensen to NRK.

The nursing home is one of the hardest hit by coronary-related deaths in the country. A total of nine of the 23 residents have died from the virus in the last two weeks.

The municipal chief says that all the residents have now been confirmed infected.

– There is infection among residents and employees, who together now number 49 people.

Notified of violation of infection control

An on-call substitute who worked at Villa Skaar Valstad sent a notification to the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision about what the substitute thought was a breach of infection control at the nursing home. It writes VG.

The Norwegian Board of Health confirms to the newspaper that they have received a notice from the substitute.

The managing director of the nursing home, Richard Skaar Thorsrud, tells VG that they take this very seriously, and that they will now follow up on all the incidents during the stated on-call period.

Concerned about social contact

So far in November, almost 100 cases of infection have been detected in the municipality, up from 30 in October.

The municipal chief informs NRK that between 70 and 80 of the 100 cases are connected to Villa Skaar, and elaborates on the relationship the infected have with the nursing home:

– 46 at the nursing home itself, 10 at the municipal care home, about 10 household members of the infected, 3 infected at the municipal nursing home, and about 10 with some uncertain but possible relationship to Valstad, Jensen writes.

The professional basis for revised local regulations in Eidsvoll states that the vast majority of cases of infection are connected to the nursing home:

«Most cases can thus be linked to various health institutions and to a large extent in connection with the outbreak at Valstad nursing home. However, there is concern and risk of local spread of infection associated with all these infected persons’ social contacts before the infection was discovered, “Jensen writes.

It was VG who first mentioned the assessment.

Considering sharpening the measures

Jensen also writes that the infection has spread in employees’ households and social circles.

“All close contacts that are discovered are quarantined, but the trace of infection must not become absolute,” he writes.

Infection has also been proven at Vilberg health park and a municipal care home in Eidsvoll.

The councilor has agreed with Jensen’s assessments. The municipality will now consider tightening the infection control measures.

It is recommended to extend the requirement to use face masks on public transport and in taxis to also apply to shops and shopping centers.

It is also recommended to wear a face mask at funerals. The recommended maximum limit for public events is 20 participants.

Closing of schools and kindergartens is not currently considered a relevant measure. Kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and upper secondary schools can continue at the yellow level.





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