Two weeks before schools finish mass testing, the infection continues to decline.
– Infection figures have decreased since week 35. Infection among 16-19 year-olds has greatly decreased, and has now decreased among the rest of the groups. Children ages 12 to 15 have had a bit more gradual decline, but now it’s falling there too, says infection control chief Frode Hagen of the infection’s development in Oslo.
The latest report from the Education Agency shows a sharp drop in infection in the Oslo school in recent weeks.
Here they have conducted massive tests in recent weeks, where 20,000 high school students and as many high school students have been tested twice a week. Since last week, the primary level has also been included in the mass tests.
In the report for week 39, the figures show 313 registered cases among students and 19 registered cases among employees. The week before, 429 students were diagnosed with the infection, while 31 employees did.
In the first report of week 35, 979 students and 62 employees with proven infection were registered.
In the case of upper secondary schools, the decline has been greater. Here, 489 cases were recorded among students at week 35, but only 34 cases recorded at week 39.
The wave of infections this fall has mainly affected the younger age groups, who have more contact and where the proportion of the vaccine has been small.
– The fact that schools have had regular mass testing has likely revealed a number of infections, Hagen says.
May give an incomplete image
The figures in the Education Agency report are based on what principals report. In some cases they are figures that have been confirmed by the district, in most cases they are figures that the school has received from parents.
This means that parents report the absence of their children and claim that the absence is due to the child having a positive corona test. This is then recorded and reported further as a case. It is the parents themselves who choose whether they want to report the reason for the absence, says communications director Randi Hagen Eriksrud of the Education Agency.
Not all schools reported figures to the municipality. Create some uncertainty around the numbers.
Self-assessment at the primary level has gone well
Primary students also began self-assessment at home on Friday of last week.
– Our impression is that both employees and students think it went well, says the director of the mass testing project at the Oslo school, Sidsel Helene Holm Bye.
She points out that some parents have probably been afraid of making mistakes and admits that some parents have also contacted them to say that they are against the whole plan.
– Mass testing at the Oslo school continues through the fall break and the following week, then we stop, says Holm Bye.
He points out that in this way you will get an overview of the infection in a period when young people have traveled and been with many.
Adjusted TISK from week 42
In relation to degraded TISK, from week 42 onwards, regular tests will only be carried out in schools or kindergartens where outbreaks of infection are detected.
This can apply to classes, stages, or entire schools depending on the extent of the outbreak. Regular testing will be for a short period and will be implemented in consultation between the school and the district infection control team.
– When it comes to vaccinating young people aged 16 to 17, this is one of the groups that were last offered a vaccine. In addition, they are in the age group with the most cases of infection and then should not receive the vaccine until after three months after coronary heart disease, says the chief of infection control, Hagen.
87.4 percent vaccinated with at least one dose in Oslo
As of October 1, 87.4% of the entire Oslo population had been vaccinated with at least one dose. All people over 12 years of age have been offered the vaccine.
– We are satisfied with the number of people who have said yes. Walk-ins are possible for both Dose 1 and Dose 2, and you can choose which type of vaccine you want. We hope this can help even more people choose to get vaccinated, says Hagen.