Collective information about COVID-19

If your Covid-19 test was positive

Om ditt covid-19 test var positivt (Sörmland) - engelskaThe content concerns Sörmland

This means that you have Covid-19. Under the communicable diseases act, you are required to protect others from being infected with Covid-19.

Due to the high number of people currently testing positive, we are unable to call everyone for contact tracing. We are trying to call as many people as possible within a reasonable time after testing. This is why you are receiving this letter with information about what it means and what you are to do.

Self-isolation

You must stay home from work or school. You are only allowed to have contact with the people you live with. You are allowed to go outdoors, but you must be sure to keep a distance from other people. You are not allowed to go to the shops or travel by bus or train. This also applies to the people you live with. If anyone you live with is symptom free and has tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 3 months, they need not self-isolate. If anyone you live with has received at least two doses of Covid-19 vaccine at least 2 weeks ago, they need not self-isolate either.

Non-contagious

You can return to work or school once at least 7 days have passed since the day of your positive test, provided you have been free from fever and felt well for at least 48 hours. If you still have a fever (more than 38.0°C), your self-isolation period is extended until you have been free from fever for 2 days. Some symptoms, such as runny nose, cough, fatigue and loss of sense of taste or smell, can remain for some time after your fever and other symptoms have cleared up. They do not mean that you are contagious. If you otherwise feel well and at least 7 days have passed since the day of your positive test, you are considered non-contagious. You are now protected from a new Covid-19 infection for the coming 3 months and need not get tested during this time unless a doctor specifically prescribes it.

If you tested positive but have not had any symptoms, you are what is known as an asymptomatic carrier. In this case, you are considered non-contagious 7 days after the day you got tested.

Household contacts

The people you live with must stay home when you have received a positive test result. Everyone, except children under 6 years of age, is to get tested on the 5th day after the day you got tested.

If their tests are negative and they do not have any symptoms, they can return to work or school 7 days after the day you got tested, provided they are free from symptoms.

If any other household member falls ill, they are to get tested and stay home. If this household member tests positive, a new 7-day self-isolation period begins with new testing for the other household members 5 days after this member got tested.  

There are three exceptions:

  1. If a household member is symptom free and has had Covid-19 confirmed by a positive Covid-19 test during the past 3 months, they need not self-isolate or get tested again.
  2. If a symptom-free household member has been vaccinated against Covid-19 with two doses or with one dose at least 2 weeks ago, this person need not stay home. Instead, they can go to work or school but must follow all recommendations issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. If they do not work within healthcare or welfare, they need not get tested for Covid-19.
  3. If a symptom-free household member who works within healthcare or welfare has been vaccinated against Covid-19 with two doses, 2 weeks ago, this person need not stay home. Instead, they can go to work or school but must get tested immediately and again after 5 days. This household member must get tested the same day (if possible) that you received your test result and five days after you received your test result.

If anyone you live with is well enough to work but cannot work from home, they can claim disease carrier’s benefit from the social insurance agency. This does not require a doctor’s certificate, but it does require a dated medical records extract for the qualifying day. Send an e-mail to provtagningcovid19@regionsormland.se for help. They can apply for the entire period they have been at home afterwards.

Duty of notification

You are required to notify your employer or school that you have tested positive so that they can decide on any necessary local measures.

You must contact everyone you have been in contact with during the period from 48 hours before your initial symptoms until you are considered non-contagious. They are to get tested 5 days after they met you, and they must be especially careful in all contact with other people. If they develop symptoms, they are to get tested immediately and self-isolate.

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