If a municipality has more than 20 cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants, staff must be tested every two weeks.
In the future, employees in the care sector must be regularly tested for coronavirus.
This is the case in a new agreement between the government, KL and the Danish Regions.
This is stated in a press release by the Ministry of Health and the Elderly.
The frequency of tests of the employees is measured according to the contagion picture in each municipality.
Personnel working in a municipality with more than 20 or more cases of infection per 100,000 population over the past week must be tested at least once within two weeks and every two weeks until the rates of infection fall.
Currently, there is only one municipality where this is the case.
For staff working in a municipality with less than 20 cases of infection per 100,000 population, every six weeks must be tested.
– Our elderly and vulnerable citizens have paid a very high price for the corona pandemic. And even though the rest of Denmark is now re-opening, they will continue to experience limitations in their lives and lives that we others cannot tolerate.
– Therefore, it is our duty as a society to do our utmost to ensure their well-being and safety in the best possible way. And at the same time, we must also protect our nursing staff who do such an important job, says Health and Elder Minister Magnus Heunicke (S) in the press release.
The new testing strategy in the care sector is being implemented because it will provide a clearer overview of the infection picture among some of the most vulnerable groups during the corona epidemic. Under that category, they belong to the elderly.
The agreement stipulates that testing of staff must be carried out in the workplace.
Employees from the regions will train municipal staff inoculation, so that they can conduct coronavirus testing with other employees in the care sector.
By the end of April, figures showed that almost every third of coronavirus deaths had occurred among nursing home residents.