Policy responses for Denmark - HSRM

Denmark


Policy responses for Denmark

1.3 Isolation and quarantine

May 29: The health authorities have published new guidelines on how to manage COVID-19 cases in schools and other institutions for children and youth, definitions of close contacts and chains of infection outbreaks and recommendations for sending home possible contacts (https://www.sst.dk/da/Udgivelser/2020/Info-om-forholdsregler-ved-tilfaelde-af-COVID-19-i-skoler-dagtilbud-og-andre-tilbud-til-boern-og-unge).

June 15: It is mandatory for the municipalities to offer facilities for voluntary isolation outside citizens’ homes, and the Danish Health Authority has published guidelines for municipalities and GPs on this subject (https://www.sst.dk/da/Nyheder/2020/Personer-med-COVID-19-faar-mulighed-for-isolation-uden-for-hjemmet).

May 29: The health authorities have published new guidelines on how to manage COVID-19 cases in schools and other institutions for children and youth, definitions of close contacts and chains of infection outbreaks and recommendations for sending home possible contacts (https://www.sst.dk/da/Udgivelser/2020/Info-om-forholdsregler-ved-tilfaelde-af-COVID-19-i-skoler-dagtilbud-og-andre-tilbud-til-boern-og-unge).

June 15: It is mandatory for the municipalities to offer facilities for voluntary isolation outside citizens’ homes, and the Danish Health Authority has published guidelines for municipalities and GPs on this subject (https://www.sst.dk/da/Nyheder/2020/Personer-med-COVID-19-faar-mulighed-for-isolation-uden-for-hjemmet).

August 25: The Danish Health Authority has revised its guidelines of May 29 on schools’ management of cases of COVID-19 in schools and other institutions for children and youth (https://www.sst.dk/da/Udgivelser/2020/Info-om-forholdsregler-ved-tilfaelde-af-COVID-19-i-skoler-dagtilbud-og-andre-tilbud-til-boern-og-unge).

On November 23, the government has decided to expand the number of municipalities in the greater Copenhagen area that are supported by a special task force to intensify information, tracing and isolation efforts due to high incidence rates. The task force will now be active in seventeen out of the 28 municipalities in the area (https://www.regionh.dk/presse-og-nyt/pressemeddelelser-og-nyheder/Sider/Kommuner-og-region-rykker-sammen-ud-til-udbrud-af-coronasmitte-hos-%C3%A6ldre-borgere.aspx).

December 1: The authorities will make use of stronger outreach efforts for effective detection and isolation.  Free catering will be introduced at the facilities where municipalities can offer people to isolate themselves if they are infected with coronavirus (https://sum.dk/Aktuelt/Nyheder/Coronavirus/2020/December/Nye-Covid-19-tiltag-i-Hovedstadsomraadet.aspx)

When experiencing symptoms, people have been advised to stay at home until they have been without symptoms for two days. They also need to contact a doctor by phone if symptoms get worse (e.g. high fever or respiratory problems). The doctor will decide on the follow up, including whether to test for COVID-19. Severe cases are admitted to hospital.

Further, all persons returning from international travel are strongly recommended to stay at home for 14 days.