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NORWAY: Coronavirus found in Oslo kindergarten and care home

The Kværnerdalen kindergarten has sent home all pupils and staff from its Kumlokket unit. Photo: Oslo Municipality

A kindergarten and an elderly care home in Oslo have shut down sections and quarantined staff after discovering coronavirus infections, in a further reminder that the pandemic is not yet over in Norway.

The Furuset care home in Oslo closed off several units to visitors on Wednesday after three staff and one resident tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile, the Kværnerdalen kindergarten has sent home all children and staff from one of its sections after one person tested positive.
Henrik Mevold, director of community relations at Oslo’s elderly care department, said that the municipality was still working on testing everyone who could have come into contact with the infected.
“We detected that an employee was infected there on Monday, and have continued to work on infection tracking. Over the past few days we have discovered two more employees and one resident infected,” he said.
Meanwhile the municipality has sent a written message to parents and staff at the kindergarten, saying that everyone connected to its ‘Kumlokket’ section will be asked to go into quarantine for ten days.
The Kværnerdalen kindergarten has sent home all pupils and staff from its Kumlokket unit. Photo: Oslo Municipality

“The kindergarten has in collaboration with the municipality’s consultant doctor made an assessment of who may have been in close contact with the infected,” the message reads. “This applies only to the children in Kumlokket and a few employees associated with this unit.”
The two infections follow small outbreaks last week in the Oslo suburbs of Sondre Nordstrand and Alna.