Policy responses for Denmark - HSRM

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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).

February 3: The Danish Health Authorities revised the guidelines for close contacts to persons infected, implying that everyone after such contacts should self-isolate immediately, undergo testing twice (4th and 6th day after the last contact and only lift the isolation after two negative test results
(https://www.sst.dk/da/Nyheder/2021/Retningslinjer-for-naere-kontakter-er-opdateret).

March 31: The government and several parties have made an agreement that allows them to quickly close schools, educational institutions, shops and hairdressers if the incidence rate in an area is too high. If the municipality has had more than 200 infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, then the municipalities are now required to close schools immediately. For shops, malls, hairdressers, etc., the decision must still pass the relevant minister and the Epidemic Commission (https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/seneste/aftale-paa-plads-skoler-skal-lukke-automatisk-ved-hoej-smitte).

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.