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Quarantined following coronavirus infection in Lillehammer

COVID19 spelled on wooden cubes.

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Several students at INN University have been instructed to quarantine after a student in Lillehammer has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The infected student is in isolation. The person in question has recently been undergoing practical experiential learning and has not been present on campus. However, there is a risk that others may have been infected as the person in question lives with other students, and has met fellow students for exam preparations.

“The infection tracing team in the municipality has carried out infection tracing and has contacted those who are defined as close contacts. These have been quarantined and are being tested for COVID-19,” says INN University’s emergency preparedness manager Marit Torgersen.

Inn University keeps a dialogue with internship locations that could potentially be affected.

Waiting quarantine

The identified close contacts are affiliated with several campuses at INN University. 

Some of the close contacts have been present during teaching at INN University's premises at Storhove. Therefore, a further number of students and some employees have been sent home and asked to stay in waiting quarantine until results for the close contacts' COVID-19 tests are available. In total, more than 40 people have been put in quarantine or waiting quarantine so far.

“We believe that the situation is under control in that those who could potentially have been infected are isolating themselves from others while we wait for test results,” says Torgersen.

“We keep a close dialogue with the infection control authority in Lillehammer in the follow-up of the outbreak and are prepared to implement further measures if necessary.”

Keep in mind infection prevention measures

INN University encourages students and staff to follow current infection control advice in order to avoid or limit the spread of infection. Among other things, this applies to limiting social contact, keeping at least one-meter’s distance from others, wearing a face mask in situations where the distance rule cannot be followed, and ensuring good hand hygiene.

“In addition, it is important to stay at home and get tested if you have symptoms that you suspect may be due to COVID-19,” says Torgersen.

Read more about the coronavirus situation (eng.inn.no)