Six cases of confirmed Covid-19 at UiO campus (week 36 and 37)
During week 36 and 37, the University of Oslo has been notified of six cases of confirmed Covid-19 relating to four students and two employees.
- UiO has received information that two students at the Department of Informatics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has been confirmed infected with COVID-19. The students in question is in isolation and information has been sent to those affected about what to do.
- UiO has received information that a student at the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences has been confirmed infected with COVID-19. The student in question is in isolation and information has been sent to those affected about what to do.
- UiO has received information that a student at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the Faculty of Social Sciences has been confirmed infected with Covid-19. The infection tracking team has contacted all students who have been in contact with the infected person and therefore need to go into quarantine. The assessment is that that this case of Covid-19 infection will not have consequences for neither teaching nor work at the department.
- UiO has also been notified that a cleaner at Upper Blindern has been confirmed infected with Covid-19. The cleaner went home after having developed symptoms and notified the relevant management. Those affected around the person in question have been alerted to the fact that they may hear from the infection tracking team if the assessment is that they have been exposed to infection. Locations associated with the employee's work area were immediately cleaned upon notification of symptoms.
- An employee at the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages at the Faculty of Humanities was diagnosed with COVID-19. Affected persons have been notified, and the Department has taken the necessary steps to assist with infection detection and to ensure infection control for employees and students.
UiO does not have a total overview of the number of Covid-19 infections, but is well prepared to handle cases where there is a need for information and for measures to be put in place in order to prevent the spread of infection. The instances mentioned here are thus only instances where the person in question has resided at UiO and affected persons have been notified.
– There will be infection at an institution as large as UiO, and we are concerned with initiating measures to prevent outbreaks. There may be cases where employees and students are infected, but have not stayed at UiO. In such instances, initiating measures is not required. We work well with the infection tracking teams in the municipality, who notify us in cases where students or employees have stayed on campus during the period that they have been contagious, said Johan Løberg Tofte, acting Director of HSE and Emergency Preparedness at UiO.