Stord municipal is striving to implement measures for reducing the spreading of the Corona virus amongst our residents. The situation requires comprehensive measures and they influence all our of lives, still it is important that we don't buy into unnecessary fear and panic.

The Corona virus spreads mainly by droplet transmission. The virus is found in small droplets in the mouth and nose of an infected person and becomes airborne through sneezing or coughing. The airborne virus is then typically inhaled by people nearby. Contact transmission can occur if your hands come into contact with the virus and then touching your face.

National measures (Government.no)

You'll find updated information and concrete advice at www.fhi.no and www.helsenorge.no, or you can call the National information phoneline at 815 55 015 which is open weekdays 08.00-18.00 and weekends 10.00-16.00.

People with an acute airways infection have to contact their doctor's office or the ER, whom on behalf of the patient consults the municipal Corona center. Their phone, 53 49 66 66, is staffed 08.30-15.30 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Inquiries at other times are being routed to the ER at 116117.

New from 02.07.2020: Quicker feed back on test results
The laboratory will send the test result directly to the person through www.helsenorge.no as soon as the result is known. Access the result by for example Bank ID log in.

 

Contact information

  • Emergency room (Sunnhordland Interkommunale legevakt): 116 117
  • Municipal Corona phone: 53 49 66 66 (Open 08.30-15.30 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
  • Acute situations: 113
  • National Corona phone: 815 55 015
  • Stord municipal switchboard: 53 49 66 00
  • NAV Stord (Social services): 55 55 33 33 
  • Stord sjukeheim (nursing home): 53 45 45 00
  • Knutsaåsen omsorgssenter (nursing home): 53 45 43 34
  • Stord harbour office: 53 49 67 66
  • IDA (interkommunal døgnavdeling): 53 23 30 70
  • Schools and kindergartens: email the headmasters
  • Stord municipal email: post@stord.kommune.no

Direct contact information for the various departments in Stord kommune

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Number tested and infected locally

Date Total tests completed Total positive Corona tests Comments
       
       
By 01.07.20 679* 6  

By the end of
week 26

643* 6  

By the end of
week 25

581* 6  

By the end of
week 24

542* 6  

By the end of
week 23

502* 6  

By the end of
week 22

477* 6  

By the end of
week 21

450* 6  

By the end of
week 20​

419* 6  

By the end of
week 19

383*

6

 

By the end of
week 18

334* 6  

By the end of
week 17

290* 6  

By the end of
week 16

263* 6  

By the end of
week 14

223* 5  

By the end of
week 13

186* 4  

By the end of
week 12

128* 3

March 22nd - third person infected. All three cases probably traced to infected abroad

March 18th - second case confirmed, connected to same source as the first case.

By the end of
week 11

52* 1 March 14th - first person confirmed infected

By the end of
week 10

5 0  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

* The municipal Corona center took over the testing from March 18th. The number of tested may include results from Bømlo and Fitjar, but the number of Covid-19 positives represents Stord only.
 
 

Expanded hours for the Corona center

Because of an increase in requests the local Corona center will be open from 08:30-15:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 29th.

Allways call first to make an appointment at 53 49 66 66.

Exemption from quarantine for workers from Schengen/EØS areas - Employer responsible for the testing

The Government has made a change in the Covid-19 regulations.

This change allows for a quarantine exemption for workers coming to Norway on a work contract from the Schengen/EØS areas (which did not already have an exemption) IF their SARS-Cov-2 tests are negative. 

The employer is responsible for the organization, the financing and the following up of the testing. For those in this situation have to contact their employer about being tested, NOT the local Corona telephone.

All businesses with their own health care service (BHT) need to contact their BHT for testing.

If you have questions regarding symptoms and the quarantine rules, you can call the local Corona number. If you are ill and need a consultation, contact you doctor's office.

Link to regulation in question. (In Norwegian)

 

Kindergartens - normal opening hours from Monday June 15th

Based on the Corona guidelines for kindergartens (version 3) published 29.05.20, normal opening hours are being reinstated from Mornday June 15th 2020. Detailed information is to be found on the respective kindergartens' websites.

Changes in the Corona guidelines for kindergartens (version 3)

  • Traffic light model for adjusting the contact reducing measures to applicable level
  • Better advice for gentle hand washing
  • Advice regarding  the start up period in kindergarten

The traffic light model is showing which preventative measures the kindergartens are to follow, divided into green, yellow and red level. Green level means normal organizing in their ordinary groups/classes. At yellow level each group/class is to be concidered one cohort and there are several measures to be followed to reduce contact and keep distance betweeen the different cohorts. At red level the children have to be divided into smaller groups/cohorts and the kindergartens have to concider different arrival times for the children and ensure distance between cohorts that are not cooperating.

The government has set the kindergartens at yellow level for the time being. If the situation change, the kindergartens have to be prepared to change back to red level. All kindergartens have to plan for all situations and formulate a plan to quickly change between the different levels. The Norwegian directorate for education and training has made a suggestion for such a plan.

The most important preventative measures are still:

  • Ill children or adults have to stay home
  • Good hygiene.
  • Reduced contact between persons

Links:

Rettleiar om smittevern i barnehagar under covid-19 utbrotet 2020

 

New information regarding the schools from week 23

The Government and the Health authorities have adjusted the danger level for the spreading of the virus from red to yellow. The schools in Stord have to adjust their preventative measures according to this. Friday May 29th a new guideline for grade and middle school will be announced.

Already we can inform that within June 4th alle students in grade school will be offered teaching in school every day, whilst students in middle school (grade 8th-10th) already will have teaching in school from June 3rd. The schools will make local adjusments. Previously scheduled teachings outdoors or for example outdoors sporting days will go as planned.

The students will get to meet and be with their teachers and fellow students every day in their set groups/classes. Set groups will expand in numbers, but is still an important measure in a possible tracking of the spreading.

The danger level might be adjusted back to red in the whole country or in certain regions if the spreading increases. The national health authorities decides the level of the preventative measures in the schools, not the individual schools themselves.

It is still of immense importance that ill persons stay at home, keeping good hand hygiene and distance.

Based on status quoe, schools might start at yellow danger level in August, but the situation can change quickly. The schools are utilizing Friday and Tuesday to plan their organization for both yellow and red level.

Read more about yellow and red level in regards Covid-19 preventative measures.

Update - Schools from week 22 until summer holiday

The Schools in Stord are concerned with offering a best possible learning situation for the students in addition to following the national preventative measures. The students have a combination of some teaching in school, some outdoor schooling and some at home. The schools differ from each other in building mass/design and the age of the students, therefore local adaptations. The head masters express that they have found a good balance in how the teaching is being organized and that this is the best solution until the summer holiday.

The most important preventative measures are still:

  • Ill students and teachers have to stay home. If experiencing acute airway symptoms, one has to not be together with others and stay home until one day past being without symptoms.
  • Good hand hygiene/washing is a very important measure. The students implement good habits outside the school also.
  • The schools will in general continue their current organization. Keeping distance is especially important when not in their regular group (kohort). Set groupings help a possible tracking of the spreading.

We will use this period until the school is starting up again in August to learn from our experiences and come up with good solutions for the upcoming school year. At the same time we encourage parents/guardians to also be following the preventative measures at home. Thereby aiding in reducing the risk for spreading the virus and making it easier to track a possible spreading.

Have a good spring and summer.

 

Visits allowed at Stord sjukeheim and Knutsaåsen omsorgssenter

  • Pre-scheduled appointments are required.
  • All visitors must register with full name, phone number, whom they visit, the date and time for the visitation.
  • All visitation must be in the person's room or outdoors. Visitors are not allowed in shared indoor facilities.
  • Visitation allowed between 11:00-12:30 and 16:30-18:00 all days.

Preventative measures required upon visitation

  • Hand desinfecting/hand washing upon arrival and departure.
  • The personnel take you to and from the room. Let them know when you are ready to leave.
  • Use the caller in the room to connect with the personnel.
  • 1 meter distancing must be kept. Avoid touching the face.
  • If you have any symptoms of an airway infection within 48 hours after a visit, you have to inform the institution.

Call to make an appointment

Stord sjukeheim 

  • Backertunet 53 45 45 11
  • Gullberg 53 45 44 21
  • Korttid 53 45 45 32
  • Vikjo 53 45 43 62
  • Knausen/Kringsjå 53 45 43 75
  • HDO 3. floor 908 51 416

Main entrance is open during visitation hours only. Go straigh to the department and ring the doorbell.

Knutsaåsen omsorgssenter

  • 53 45 43 34 or 53 45 43 44 (phones answered weekdays between 08.00-12.00).

New guidance on holiday and leisure traveling - 15.05.20

Town hall re-opening for political meetings - 14.05.20

The town hall is re-opening for political meetings, except for the municipality council (kommunestyret) wich still will be done over skype.

Sportinghalls re-opening - 11.05.20

Up to 20 persons allowed, but 1 m distance required.

Changing rooms are not to be used.

Follow the Norwegian directorate of health's recommendations and the athletics organisation's guidelines.

 

 

Culture house re-opening - 14.05.20

We happily wish everyone welcome back to the culture house and to the services re-opening, and urge everyone to follow the preventative measures set by www.fhi.no.

The main library

The service will be limited to lending and returning items within normal hours (no access beyond normal hours). There will be no newspapers available.

Opening hours:

Monday 10-16
Tuesday 10-19
Wednesday 10-16
Thursday 10-19
Friday 11-16
Saturday 11-14
Sunday closed

Stord culture school

Some classes re-opened. Spesific information sent to the students.From May 14th the administration for the culture school will be open at 9-15 Monday through Thursday.

Movie theater

The movie theater will re-open gradually following the business' standard for preventative measures:

  • Maximum 50 persons per theater with 1 m distance to each other
  • Members of a family/houshold can sit together
  • Buying tickets online is recommended, then we can contact you if necessary
  • Tickets at culture house only available by card payment

Swimming pools

The swimming pools are still closed.

Monday and Wednesday club

The club gatherings are not yet re-opened. More information to come.

Culture house

Rental spaces not available for birthday celebrations and the likes.

The house will close Saturdays at 15.00 and be closed all day May 17th.

 

 

 

Information regarding the re-opening of all schools in Stord

Re-opening for 5th-7th grade

The grade schools re-open for 5th-7th grade Monday May 11th, except for Rommetveit, Langeland and Leirvik that  re-opens for these grades on Tuesday May 12th. The students will start the day at different times to keep distance between the groups (kohort). The different schools websites have more specific information in regards to the timing.

1st-4th grade will have all classes at the school.

5th-7th grade will follow a plan with some teaching in school, some at home and some outdoors. Read more on the different schools' website.

For the new 1st graders

The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training has published information on their websaite about start up for the new 1st graders.

The new first graders come from the different kindergartens and the mixing up of children requires special attention. Parents/guardians will receive information from their respective school about how this is being organized, following the national guidelines of preventative measures. The dates for visiting are set for June 15th and 16th 2020.

Re-opening for 8th-10th grade

Stord ungdomsskule will start the teaching in school for students in 10th grade Monday May 11th at 08.30. Students in 8th grade will meet at school Thursday May 14th at 08.30 and 9th grade will meet at school Friday May 15th at 08.30.

Students in 8th and 9th grade will be taught in school some days and the other days at home, following a set plan. Students in 10th grade will be taught in school every day.

Nordbygdo ungdomsskule will start the teaching in school for students in 10 th grade Wednesday May 13th at 08.20. Students in 8th and 9th grade will meet at school Tuesday May 12th ay 08.20.

Students in 8th and 9th grade will be taught in school Tuesdays and Thursdays and at home the other days. Students in 10th grade will be taught in school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Nysæter ungdomsskule will start the teaching in school for students in 10th grade Wednesday May 13th at 08.30. Students in 8th grade start their classes in school Tuesday May 12th at 08.30 and 9th grade Tuesday May 12th at 09.00.

Students in 8th and 9th grade will be taught in school some days and at home other days, following a set plan. Students in 10th grade will be taught in school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

More information is available at the different school's website.

Adult classes (Stord vaksenopplæring)

The teaching resumes Wednesday May 13th or Thursday May 14th. Everybody will be contacted up front.

 

 

This plan will be evaluated and might be changed from week 22 (May 25th).

Welcome back!

 

The Government's plan for easing up on restrictions from 07.05.2020

From May 7th:

When able to keep at least 1 m distance to others (exception for families or people living together) following is allowed:

  • Maximum 20 people gathered (plus one responsible for preventative measures being followed) 
  • Organized sporting activities, practices and sporting halls maximum 20 people. No use of changig rooms allowed.
  • Employees or others being present as part of arranging the happing are not to be counted into the 50 people allowed. Their roles should be clarified in own business standards.
  • Arrangements/sporting events in public places for groups up to 50 people. The responsible persons for the happening have to know who are present, make sure no ill people are participating and make it possible to maintaining a good hand hygiene at all times. (If everything goes according to plan this might be expanded to 200 persons by June 15th.)

Employers are to ensure that the employees kan keep a distance of 1 m at all times at work. In areas of the country where employees are depending on public transportation to get to/from work, the employers are being urged to set up home office for the employees in addition to having meetings done electronically. Physical presence at work only when necessary. This is especially important in the greater Oslo area and in other cities where there is high pressure on the public transportation.

The rules for travel quarantine are being adjuste from 14 to 10 days. The Government is clear with their expectations to the Norwegian residents to plan for a summer vacation within the Norwegian borders. The travel businesses have to prepare for that tourists from abroad have to go through a 10 day quarantine before being able to enter the country.

From May 11th:

  • All schools are to re-open during week 20.
  • Driving schools can re-open.
  • Bingo halls can re-open.

From June 1st:

  • Serving places not selling food, like cafês, bars, pubs, discoteques, nightclubs, can re-open as long as a distance of  at least 1 m can be followed. Rulings with requirements of seating for everybody and serving by tables might become applicable.
  • Amusement parks can re-open.
  • Advice in regards to vacation travelling will be changed. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Directory of Health are to present these by May 15th.

From June 15th:

  • Arrangements can be expanded to 200 persons.
  • The intention is to re-opening fitness centers, if the health authorities together with the branch have landed justifiable preventative measures.
  • The intention is to re-open swimming pools and waterparks for the public, if the health authorities together with the branch have landed justifiable preventative measures.

For more information, visit Regjeringen.no.

Illustrasjon med tidsplan for endringer

Youth health center (helsestasjon) re-opened

Opening hours as usual: Wednesdays at 18.00-20.00. Located at Lønningsåsen 9 b. 

The health station for youth is open for drop-in appointments again. It is important that you come by yourselt and having no airway symptoms like caughing, sore throat and/or fever when coming for an appointment, keeping a distance of at least 1 meter.

We warmly welcome you to the Stord youth health center.

Contact information and more for the Youth health center.

 

 

Sum up after first week of re-opened school for 1st-4th grade

The students in first to fourth grade were back in school last week after the Corona close down. The students were divided into smaller groups (kohorts) than their normal class size and the start up has gone well, the head masters report.

From this week the students will be able to use the outdoor playground equipment more. The municipal head doctor has been consulted on this matter and he has agreed if these premises are being met: keeping distance, keeping reduced contact points between people, having a good caughing/hand hygiene and having good cleaning habits. Only one group (kohort) allowed in playground equipment at the time. The students have to clean their hands before and after playtime.

The schools have a reinforced cleaning schedule following a certain plan.

It is supposedly safe coming to school, but we still want to stress that those being ill have to stay home. Read more at www.fhi.no.

Welcome to a new school week in Stord!

Kindergartens in May

Reduced opening hours from 08.00 to 15.30 will be continued though May 29th. This is to be able to further the measures of organizing children and adults in small groups, utilizing indoor and outdoor space in the best way, reducing contact points and having a good standard on hygiene and cleaning. (Decision made based on Covid-19-forskrifta §12b, part four.)

Children of parents with work critical to society and children with special needs will have a specially adjusted kindergarten service. If a kindergarten has problems meeting this demand because of quantity, they can require that both parents have to have a job critical to society to receive this service.

From April 14th the billing for kindergartens started again. Ordinary rate is to be paid independently of the hours the kindergarten is open. Parents eligible for reduced payments can apply for a reduction as normal. Parents whom choose to keep their children at home without any health reasons still have to pay for the kindergarten (see the rulings for each barnehage). It's only in the case of a kindergarten being closed based in § 4-1 in smittevernlova (the infection prevention law) that the billing stops.

The opening hours for the following period will be decided upon at the end week 22.

If you have any questions regarding the re-opening and your child/children, please call the head of the kindegarten.

Links

Temporary ruling regarding adjustments in the law about kindergartens as a consequence of covid-19

Guidelines on preventative measures in kindergartens during covid-19 2020

Kindergartens and SFOs can have reduced opening hours

 

 

Changes in services: health stations, pregnancy follow-up, traveling vaccination

General information

We urge everybody to follow the national preventative measures for quarantine/isolation and to care for each other in these, for many, difficult times.

Follow the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's website for updated information.

We ask everyone with signs of illness not to come by the office, but instead make contact per phone. Her is an updated contact list over persons and offices working with children and youth in Stord municipal.

Health station age 0-5

  • The youngest children have priority to fulfill the children's vaccination program up to 15 months of age
  • We ask that only one adult follows the child as a preventative measure.
  • We will not do home visitations during this period, but instead meet at the health station.
  • The health station in Sagvåg (the blue building) will be organized differently and moved to the health station in Leirvik, address Lønningsåsen 9 b.
  • For questions, please contact us by phone.

School health service

The school health service has re-opened. Contact the school's nurse by phone if you have questions, need someone to talk to or need advice.

Pregnancy follow-up

  • For the early stages of the pregnancy we will connect by phone. In weeks 24, 28, 32, 36, 38 og 40 there will be a consultation with your midwife at the health station.
  • We ask that you come to the consultation by yourself.
  • We will not do home visitations during this period, but rather have the consultation at your first visit to the health station after birth.
  • Contact your midwife for advice and counsel.

Traveling vaccination

We barely do any traveling vaccination at the moment because of the restrictions and preventative measures. If you have questions or if you are following a certain vaccination program, please call us at 480 78 895.

Youth health station

The youth health station is open Wednesdays between 18.00 and 20.00. Location Leirvik health station, address Lønningsåsen 9 b. To make an appointment, call Bente or Hege.

Utekontakten

Youth contact (Ungdomskontakten) and SLT-coordinator are available for questions, talks or counsel by phone:

PPT

If you need to connect with the PPT (pedagogical psychological service) office, you'll find the contact information here.

Special education team

If you need to contact the special education team, call the head of the department at 92064415.

 

 

 

 

The culture school opens 29.04.20

We are happy to announce that parts of the teaching at our culture school opens again Wednesday April 29th.

Because of strict Corona preventative measures we are not able to re-open all our classes and teachings. After weighing the different conciderations, we have landed on categorizing the students into three groups: students offered in-person teaching, students offered web-based teaching and sadly students who get their teaching canceled until the summer holiday.

Information has been sent parents/guardians.

 

All kindergartens in Stord opened Monday 20.04.20

Both the municipal and the privat kindergartens in Stord opened Monday April 20th after being closed since March 12th. Opening hours this first week are from 08.00 until 15.30.

In regards to the reopening of the kindergartens there are national Governmental guidelines for how to implement preventative measures to make it safe for children and adults.

You can read more on Helsedirektoratet.no. Here are some of the most important measures:

  1. Sick people not allowed in kindergartens
  2. Good hygiene
  3. Reduced contact frequency between individuals

It is of outmost importance that ill persons stay at home. It is still important to keep distance and a good caughing and hand hygiene.

All the kindergartens are adjusting by organizing children and adults in small groups, finding new ways of using their local and the outdoors, reducing contact points and having a good standard on hygiene and cleaning.

To be able to meet the new requirements in the best way possible, all the kindergarten employees have to be present at the same hours, which leads to reduced opening hours this first week (20.04.20-24.04.20) from 08.00-15.30. The opening hours for next week (week number 18) and possibly beyond will be decided upon at the end of this week.

If you have questions regarding the re-opening and your child/children, please call the head of the kindegarten

The departments for preventative services (førebyggjande tenester) and child welfare (barnevernet) offers advice and assistance to kindergartens and parents

  • For inquiries regarding health, preventative measures and psychosocial issues, contact your child's health center (helsestasjon). Health center for children 0-5 years of age.
  • For inquiries regarding educational and psychosocial challenges, contact your kindergarten's contact person at PPT (educational psychology service) or the leader at PPT.
  • For inquiries regarding receiving special educational assistance, contact the leader for preventative services, Birthe Blokhus, at 920 64 415.
  • The child welfare (barnevernet) answers questions and inquiries. They can be contacted between 08.00-14.00 weekdays at 975 52 163 and outside office hours on the emergency number 919 14 430.

 

Government easing up on several measures - 07.04.20

The Government will be easing up on several measures gradually and controlled, starting with opening kindergartens from April 20th (and at the latest April 27th) and 1.-4. grade school and SFO from April 27th. At the end of April it will be allowed to stay over night in one's cottage.

Hairdressers and other businesses handling people one-to-one will be able to open if certain measures are being followed.

Highschool, VG2 and VG3 practical subjects, will also be opening if it can be done soundly in regards to preventative measures.

 

Possible extra ordinary opening hours during Easter in kindergartens and schools for certain groups

As a measure to ensure the caretaking of vurnable children/children in vurnable situations and children of parents with jobs critical to the society, the government is urging schools and kindergartens to be open for these groups everyday during Easter.

Stord municipal will offer this if there is a local need

Please let your municipal kindergarten or your school know as soon as possible or within these deadlines:

  • Schools: Friday April 3rd at 14.00  
  • Municipal kindergartens: Monday April 6th at 12.00

If possible the municipal will coordinate siblings from schools and kindergartens to be in the same location.

For more information: The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training.

Some children have the right to be in school/kindergarten/SFO despite the close down

The groups in question are:

Children with special need of care

In regards the closedown of schools and kindergartens, The Norwegian Directorate of Health's guidlines have made an exception for children with special need of care. The head of each school and kindergarten makes a careful consideration of whom will receive this offer at their institution. This may be children with physical or mental disability, children under the care of the child welfare or the like. The parents/caretakers have to apply to their school or kindergarten to be considered for this offer.

Children of parents with jobs critical to society

Children i kindergartens and schools under the age of 12 with parents having jobs critical to society, and that cannot stay home, are to receive an offer in their kindergarten or school. For children living with two parents/caretakers, then both of the parents/caretakers have to have a job critical to society. Children of divorced parents, where only one of them have a job critical to society, may also be eligible, but only when staying with the parent with the approved type of job. This offer applies only when there is no other possibility for caretaking. The employer of the parent(s)/caretaker(s) has to confirm that he/she has a job critical to society.

The emergency response group in the municipal is authorized to tighten or expand on this offer.

Applications are to be directed to the head of the school og kindergarten in question.

For more information

The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training's information about closed kindergartens and schools.
The Norwegian Directorate of Health's decision regarding restrictions and closing of businesses.

New restrictions - 25.03.20

The Government decided yesterday that the current measures are to remain in effect through April13th 2020, and added these following restrictions:

  • In public spaces, people should keep at least one meter away from other people 
  • When away from home, there should be no more than five people in a group – except for members of a family or the same household
  • Indoors, people should keep at least two meters away from one another, though this does not apply to family or household members

These added restrictions are effective from 27.03.20.

See all measures at Government.no.

Municipal Corona center

Stord municipal has opened a Corona center with a direct phoneline: 53 49 66 66.

The Corona center is one measure in the attempt of limiting airborn spreading of the virus from infected ones to other people and especially to our healthcare personell. Both the doctor's offices and the emergency room (ER) can send people with airway illnesses to the Corona center for further evaluation. This center is an extension of the doctor's offices/ER for following up patients for Corona testing when applicable. As normal, your doctor's office or the ER is to be contacted if you have a need for advice or consultation, but by phone.

People with an acute airway infection have to contact their doctor's office or the ER, which in turn consults the municipal Corona center by phone at 53 49 66 66 (open 08.00-15.30 weekdays and 09.00-14.00 weekends).

Updated 07.04.20

Information to businesses with customer contact

Stord municipal is prompting all businesses, stores, malls etc. to implement measures to keep customers in distance to each other, be it by using posters, organizing the checkout lines or making sure people are not crowding together. Asking people to wait in their car if a place is getting crowded, communicating that everybody will get a chance to shop.

We are only at the starting point of an epidemic. If businesses can voluntarily implement measures to prevent the spreading of the virus, we might avoid the closing of more businesses.

Businesses need people and people need businesses.

Be together – in distance!

Smittevernlova §4-1, jf. 5-1.

Last ned brevet som er gått ut til verksemder med publikumskontaktt i pdf her.

Farming - grants when needing a substitude while ill

Farming is one of the critical functions in society. The Norwegian Agriculture Agency has updated information regarding grants when needing a substitude while ill.

You still need an official sick leave from your doctor, but NAV is allowing doctors to prescribe sick leave based on phone consultation.

There are no grants if the farmer has to take care of children because schools/kindergartens are closed. You'll find more information at the Norwegian Agriculture Agency (NAA).

The NAA is interested to learn about situations, challenges or problems out of the ordinary because of the Corona situation. Please report to our local office Stord Fitjar Landbruks- og miljøkontor at fitjar@fitjar.kommune.no.

What can you do?

Report suspicion of Corona symptoms

If you experience symptoms like caughing, trouble breathing or fever you can register it at helsenorge.no. The aim is to learn more about the spreading of the Corona virus in Norway.

You can register yourself or your children under the age of 16:

Report suspicion of Corona Symptoms

Hygiene, shielding and quarantine

Thorough hand hygiene and correct coughing/sneezing etiquette is of outmost importance. See poster further down.

If you feel ill with airway symptoms, a fever and a cough or maybe experiencing a lighter version of these symptoms, shield your family and other people you could come in close proximation to. There should be a low threshold to stay home from work to aid the slowing of this outbreak.

For those in home quarantine whom start to experience symptoms, you don't have to be tested. The measure is to continue the quarantine no matter if a test would have been positive or negative. Contacting the health service is only needed when one is feeling very ill and consider being hospitalized.

People are encouraged not to strain the health service with questions about being infected or notInformation about home quarantine and isolation in many languages.

Good advice and restrictions

We all need to follow the advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health:

  • If you are sick - stay home from work
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Sustain good habits for hand hygiene and coughing etiquette
  • In public spaces, people should keep at least one meter away from other people 
  • When away from home, there should be no more than five people in a group – except for members of a family or the same household
  • Indoors, people should keep at least two meters away from one another, though this does not apply to family or household members

Stay updated

Keep yourself updated at regjeringen.no, helsenorge.no and fhi.no.

Third person tested positive - 22.03.20

Third person confirmed infected in Stord municipal. All three persons thus far have likely either been infected abroad or the infection can be traced abroad.

Second person tested positive - 18.03.20

Everybody in close contact to the person is in quarantine and the source is formerly known. People or businesses don't have to contact the Corona resource center to check if they themselves or employees are at risk because of a second confirmed infected.

Stord municipal wants to remind everybody with cold symptoms, a sore throat or other airway symptoms to read the recommended advice and measures by the Norwegian institute of public health www.fhi.no.

Contact your regular doctor by phone if you experience an acute airway illness that lasts over several days with fever, caughing or heavy breathing. Normally, you will not be tested unless your doctor consider it to be necessary.

Closed public buildings and services

Closed public buildings/services - phone contact only

  • Kulturhuset: 53 49 69 50
  • Libraries: 53 49 66 70
  • NAV Stord: 55 55 33 33
  • Stord rehabiliteringssenter/renting space or pool. Contact the leader at physio- and ergo therapy, Andreas Sirevaag, at 414 05 425 or ergo therapist, Bente Bjelland, at 481 89 821.
  • Day centres for mental health and addiction (psykisk helse og rus). Users and relatives can contact Diana Marie H. Bergeland at 53 49 66 61 or Kenneth Stenbråten at 994 40 508
  • Town hall (Rådhuset): 53 49 66 00, Monday - Friday 08.00 - 15.30 
  • Institutions (Sjukeheim and omsorgssenter): 53 45 45 00 or 53 43 43 34
  • Harbour office (Stord hamn) - crew and passangers coming from abroad: 53 49 67 66
  • Guest marinas in Leirvik and Sagvåg: 53 49 67 66
  • SKE buildings both at Heiane and Leirvik

The Norwegian Directorate of Health closing schools and other educational institutions - 13.03.20

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the maintenance of necessary health and care services, the Norwegian Directorate of Health has, according to the Infection Control Act, issued a decision to close schools and other educational institutions.

The decision includes: 

  • Childcare centres

  • Primary schools

  • Lower secondary schools

  • Upper secondary schools

  • Universities and colleges

  • Other educational institutions.

    The following exceptions to the closure order apply: it is important to maintain operations in the health and care services and other critical society functions, and to avoid the use of people in risk groups for babysitting. Managers of childcare centres and headteachers in primary schools must therefore provide a solution for children of healthcare personnel, the transport sector or within other critical society functions. The same applies to children with special care needs that cannot be taken care of when childcare, school or other day care facilities are closed.

    The Directorate of Health continues to act on another section in the Infection Control Act, on a ban on/closing of:

  • Cultural events

  • Sports events and organized sports activities, both indoors and outdoors

  • All establishments in the hospitality industry, except for eating places where food is distributed, i.e. canteens and eating places that can ensure visitors to keep at least 1 metre distance from each other. Buffets are not allowed. The hospitality industry includes restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs.

  • Companies that provide hairdressing services, skin care, massage and body care, tattooing, piercing, etc.
  • Swimming pools, water parks, etc.

Measures to safeguard healthcare personnel in Norway

Decisions pursuant to the Health Emergency Act on the ban for travel abroad for healthcare personnel working in patient treatment. In order to maintain the necessary health and care services, the Directorate of Health has implemented the following measures:

Healthcare professionals working with patient treatment are prohibited from travelling abroad. The ban applies to both business travel and leisure travel. The decision is effective from today until April 2020.

Retail, groceries and events

Retail trade will remain open. There is no need to stock up on food. Grocery stores will stay open.

Travel

  • We want domestic transport to continue as normal as possible but we strongly encourage everyone to avoid leisure travel

  • We encourage everyone to avoid journeys that are not strictly necessary (both domestic and international), avoid public transport if you can, avoid other places where you can easily get close to others, avoid close contact with others.

  • Everyone who comes from outside the Nordic countries should be in quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Norway, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. Retroactive from 27 February.

Quarantine after traveling outside the Nordic countries

The new travel advice for avoiding infection can be found here: https://helsenorge.no/koronavirus/reise

It includes the following:

  • All who have been outside the Nordic countries are to stay in their homes for 14 days after arriving home to Norway, regardless of whether they have symptoms.

  • Travellers from countries outside the Nordic region who are not residents of Norway will be asked to return. The alternative for these travellers is quarantine. Travellers with symptoms will be isolated.

  • This means that everyone presently staying in Norway and who has been in a country outside the Nordic region in the past 14 days is to be quarantined.

    This policy has retroactive effect and applies to all arrivals since Thursday 27 February.

Public transport and working from home

  • Public transport will continue so that people with critical society functions can get to and from work and be able to distance themselves from each other.

  • We request not to visit people in institutions with vulnerable groups (elderly, psychiatry, prisons etc)

Health service capacity

To ensure that everyone receives good treatment and care, we are working closely with the healthcare service so that all parts of the service can maintain capacity. The Norwegian Directorate of Health is also in close dialogue with municipalities, county governors and the regional health authorities to assist with measures. Our work covers all aspects of the health service; nursing homes, home help, hospitals, health centres, general practitioners, private as well as public. It is especially important to ensure that healthcare professionals can perform their work safely and well and that we always have the healthcare personnel we need.

Entry control in healthcare institutions

Restrictions are imposed on visitors to all the country's health institutions and the introduction of entry control to safeguard infection control for patients in the country's health institutions. People who may be infected will be turned away from all the country's health institutions. The Directorate of Health will advise the healthcare service on this

Critical society functions

The emergency response committee considers that the following 15 functions to be critical to society:

  • Government and crisis management

  • Law and order
  • Health and care services

  • Rescue services

  • IT security in the civilian sector

  • Nature and environment

  • Security of supply

  • Water and wastewater

  • Financial services

  • Power supply

  • Electronic communication services

  • Satellite-based services

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