May 11, 2021

Doctor at Ullevål hospital Norway tested positive and has been in contact with more than 100 patients.

Doctor at Ullevål hospital Norway tested positive and has been in contact with more than 100 patients.
EN ANSATT ER KORONASMITTET: Sykehusdirektør Bjørn Atle Bjørnbeth sier den ansatte har vært i kontakt med et tresifret antall pasienter. (credit NRK)

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The infected Norwegian hospital employee, who may have had contact with over 100 people, asked the hospital right after he got symptoms if he should be tested for the virus, but got “no, it’s not necessary” as the answer. (norwegian)

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An employee at Ullevål hospital is infected with coronavirus. The person works in the eye department, says CEO Bjørn Atle Bjørnbeth at a press conference Friday night.

The employee was at work Monday and Tuesday this week. The person is now isolated and not allowed to leave the home.

We received this information this afternoon, and have implemented some measures around it, says Bjørnbeth to Dagbladet.

Worked Monday and Tuesday The person should have had symptoms night to Tuesday, but still showed up for work that day.

The person did not put too much weight on it, but made contact on Wednesday and stayed home, says Bjørnbeth.

It is not stated what kind of role in the department the person has. According to Aftenposten , there should be talk of a doctor.

Bjørnbeth says that he, who has been on holiday in Italy, may have been in contact with as many as a few dogs other people.

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“The symptoms have been so mild that the person did not see it as serious,” says Hilde Myhren, medical director at Ullevål Hospital.

Another four people have had respiratory problems and are being tested for the virus. The result is not clear on Friday afternoon.

The person had recently been on holiday in Northern Italy, and it is likely that the person was infected there and not in the hospital. Myhren states that several employees have recently been on holiday in Italy and that these have been tested. Several of them are negative.

This is an ordinary infection situation. We work closely with the Institute of Public Health and receive help from them. We get help with tracking and information, says Bjørnbeth.

Emergency response and green emergency preparedness have been set up at the hospital. The hospital will now track patients who have been to the eye ward lately. They also track employees.

In total, five people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infection in Norway.

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