COVID-19 report, 13 November

13 November 2020

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Uppsala University has increased slightly compared with last week: 247 people have been confirmed infected since the start of the semester.

To summarise the infection situation, as of 13 November there have been 247 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the semester.

This figure breaks down as follows:

  • 225 Bachelor’s and Master’s students (including 2 on Gotland) – an increase of 34 cases during the last week.
  • 6 doctoral students – no increase in the last week.
  • 16 members of staff – an increase of 7 cases during the last week.

If you are confirmed infected, 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, to exam rooms or to work – and keep up to date with the infection control unit’s rules of conduct.

The 225 Bachelor’s and Master’s students confirmed infected are distributed across the disciplinary domains as follows (change from previous week in parentheses):

  • Hum/Sam – 105 (+13) confirmed cases
  • Med/Farm – 87 (+16) confirmed cases
  • Tek/Nat – 33 (+8) confirmed cases

These confirmed cases are still relatively evenly spread across Uppsala University’s various campus areas.

The 247 confirmed cases can be linked to 149 different courses and programmes (different semesters) and to 12 departments/campus areas at the University. For the first time, an employee confirmed infected has been reported at Campus Gotland.

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.

An increased number of cases in Region Uppsala/Region Gotland

Number of people confirmed infected in Region Uppsala: week 43 (19-25 October), 347; week 44 (26 October-1 November), 880; week 45 (2-8 November),1017. This shows a clear negative trend for the number of people infected during the last week in the Uppsala region.

Number of people confirmed infected in Region Gotland: week 43 (19-25 October), 33; week 44 (26 October-1 November), 68; week 45 (2-8 November), 186. This also shows a clear negative trend for the number of people infected during the last week in Region Gotland.

Source: Public Health Agency of Sweden.

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.

The previously announced guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19 infection remain in effect.