COVID-19 report, 26 March

26 March 2021

The University was pleased to note a downward trend in confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff and students last week (15–21 March), and this trend has continued during the current week.

“In most of the COVID-19 cases, no connection with the University’s activities or premises is ever found. Members of staff and students are mainly infected outside Uppsala University,” says Fredrik Blomqvist, the University’s chief security officer and coronavirus coordinator.

As most students and staff are working or studying remotely, there are very few points of contact between University activities and infected individuals. In the few cases linked to the University’s activities or premises, very active contact tracing takes place, conducted by Region Uppsala’s contact tracing staff, who are responsible for this.

“We are very grateful for the excellent collaboration we have with Region Uppsala. Together we are making Uppsala a safer place from a coronavirus perspective. We would also like to thank everyone who helps ensure that rapid and accurate contact tracing can take place in a climate of cooperation. It was also pleasing at Region Uppsala’s press conference on Thursday to hear students at Uppsala University praised for the way in which they are dealing with the ongoing pandemic.”

Information concerning international students and staff:

International employees and students who need to have a COVID-19 test cannot make an appointment via 1177. Anyone in this group should call (Region Uppsala) 018-617 35 64 to make an appointment. The number in Region Gotland is 0498-26 89 31.

Infection status report

To summarise the infection situation, as of 26 March, there have been 733 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Uppsala University since the start of the 2020 autumn semester.

This figure breaks down as follows:

  • 588 Bachelor’s and Master’s students – an increase of 31 cases.
  • 14 doctoral students – an increase of 1 case.
  • 131 members of staff – an increase of 10 cases.

If you are confirmed infected with COVID-19, the Communicable Diseases Act requires you to inform people who have been in your proximity and whom you may have infected.
Uppsala University has created an online procedure to help you do this anonymously.

If you are confirmed infected with COVID-19, it is very important that you make sure to stay at home: Do not go to campus, exam rooms or work. And keep up to date with the current rules of conduct.

Breakdown by disciplinary domain

The 588 Bachelor’s and Master’s students confirmed infected are distributed across the disciplinary domains as follows (change from previous week in parentheses):

  • Hum/Sam – 240 (+19) confirmed cases
  • Med/Farm – 252 (+8) confirmed cases
  • Tek/Nat – 96 (+4) confirmed cases
     

Managing confirmed infections in education

When an infection is confirmed, the disciplinary domain concerned deals with the question of whether teaching should continue to be conducted on campus (if that is currently being done) or whether there is reason to switch to online education. Region Uppsala carries out contact tracing and contacts the individuals deemed necessary in view of the contacts reported by the infected person. The University has no responsibility for this process.

Number of cases in Region Uppsala and Region Gotland

Number of people confirmed infected in Region Uppsala: week 9 (1-7 March) - 795; week 10 (8-14 March) - 913 and week 11 (15-21 March) - 1248. Number of people confirmed infected in Region Gotland: week 9 (1-7 March) - 64; week 10 (8-14 March) - 64 and week 11 (15-21 March) - 69.
Source: Public Health Agency of Sweden

Number of people vaccinated in Uppsala County

On 25 March, 35,625 residents (4,287) had received their first dose of vaccine and 18,986 (+2,229) of these had also received their second dose.

More information

The Communicable Diseases Act requires:

If you are confirmed infected, the Communicable Diseases Act requires you to inform people whom you suspect you may have infected. As part of Uppsala University’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection, the University has created an online procedure to help you do this anonymously.

To test or not to test

The infection control doctor in Uppsala County requests those who have been confirmed infected not to get tested again after recovering from COVID-19. Doing so has no medical benefits and is an unnecessary drain on testing resources. Resources for PCR testing in Region Uppsala are under great strain.