COVID-19 report, 2 July

No new cases have been reported for three weeks in the University and in week 25 (21–27 June) only 37 cases were noted in all of Uppsala County. The situation is also stable in Region Gotland, where 12 confirmed cases were reported that week.

“There are still zero confirmed cases of new infection at the University and we now also have the lowest number since last summer in Uppsala County as a whole,” says Fredrik Blomqvist, Chief Security Officer and coronavirus coordinator at Uppsala University.

Uppsala University is now preparing for the start of the 2021 autumn semester. These preparations include planning to help international students and employees entering the country with mandatory testing on day 1 and day 5, if necessary.

“Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Region Uppsala will continue to have weekly coordination meetings to closely monitor developments. One innovation for the start of the autumn semester is that student hosts will be present in person to help and welcome new students at campus areas that request this during the first two weeks of the semester.”

During the summer, the University’s campus areas will be returned to normal, for example, by replacing furniture in lecture halls, in preparation for a return to on-campus teaching from the start of the semester.

“This week’s report concludes the weekly reports on the coronavirus situation at Uppsala University. In the autumn, reports will be published as needed, not on a weekly basis, and of course we hope there will be no need for any reports this autumn.”

Infection status report

To summarise the infection situation, as of 2 July, there have been 968 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Uppsala University since the start of the 2020 autumn semester.

This figure breaks down as follows:

  • 747 Bachelor’s and Master’s students – no increase
  • 15 doctoral students – no increase
  • 206 members of staff – no increase

If you are confirmed infected with COVID-19, the Communicable Diseases Act requires you to inform people who have been in your proximity and whom you may have infected.
Uppsala University has created an online procedure to help you do this anonymously.

If you are confirmed infected with COVID-19, it is very important that you make sure to stay at home: Do not go to campus, exam rooms or work. And keep up to date with the current rules of conduct.

Breakdown by disciplinary domain

The 747 Bachelor’s and Master’s students confirmed infected are distributed across the disciplinary domains as follows (change from previous week in parentheses):

  • Hum/Sam – 299 (0) confirmed cases
  • Med/Farm – 313 (0) confirmed cases
  • Tek/Nat – 135 (0) confirmed cases

Managing confirmed infections in education

When an infection is confirmed, the disciplinary domain concerned deals with the question of whether teaching should continue to be conducted on campus (if that is currently being done) or whether there is reason to switch to online education. Region Uppsala carries out contact tracing and contacts the individuals deemed necessary in view of the contacts reported by the infected person. The University has no responsibility for this process.

Information concerning international students and staff

International employees and students who need to have a COVID-19 test cannot make an appointment via 1177.
Anyone in this group should call (Region Uppsala) 018-617 35 64 to make an appointment.
The number in Region Gotland is 0498-26 89 31.

Number of cases in Region Uppsala and Region Gotland

Number of people confirmed infected in Region Uppsala: Week 23 (7 June – 13 June) – 152, week 24 (14 June – 20 June) – 95 and week 25 (21 June – 27 June) – 37. Number of people confirmed infected in Region Gotland: Week 23 (7 June – 13 June) – 28, week 24 (14 June – 20 June) – 7 and week 25 (21 June – 27 June) – 12.
Source: Public Health Agency of Sweden

Number of people vaccinated in Uppsala County

On 2 July, 214,996 residents (+35,597) had received their first dose of vaccine and 118,923 (+29,022) of these had also received their second dose.

Number of people vaccinated in Gotland County

On 28 June, 52,599 residents had received vaccine and of these had 21,000 received their second dose.

The Communicable Diseases Act requires:

If you are confirmed infected, the Communicable Diseases Act requires you to inform people whom you suspect you may have infected. As part of Uppsala University’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection, the University has created an online procedure to help you do this anonymously.

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