COVID-19 - get tested

5. 5th epidemic surge - saturation of the system: what to do?

Situation

The epidemiological situation is described as "alarming". 

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the number of new cases per day has never been so high. The 5th wave, which began with the delta variant and is continuing with the omicron variant, is soaring. Whereas in October there were between 50 and 100 new infections per day, the 1,000 new cases per day mark was crossed at the end of December, with peaks of more than 2,800 new infections on 4 and 5 January 2022, for example.
 

Consequence

The screening system is overloaded. You may have to wait several days for an appointment. 

The contact tracing system (which identifies the persons who were in close contact with a positive person, informs them and quarantines them to break the transmission chains) is saturated: it cannot inform all the persons in close contact.  

Lastly, a very large number of people are in isolation (5 days minimum, because they are COVID positive) or in quarantine (5 days, because they live in the same household as a person who has tested positive or they have been in comparably close and regular contact with this person).
 

Guidelines and recommendations

In view of the surge in the number of cases, the Cantonal Doctor's Office has had to adapt its procedures. Here is what you should and can do:

  • Apply protective measures ( airing closed spaces, hand hygiene, distancing, mask);
  • Test yourself at the slightest symptom.
What to do: 

If you have symptoms

While waiting for an appointment or the result of the test, you should go into isolation and notify your contacts as soon as possible. They should monitor their health, test themselves at the slightest symptom and avoid close social, private or professional contacts.
 

If your test is positive

  • Place yourself in isolation for a minimum of 5 days from the date of onset of symptoms or from the day of the test if there are no symptoms. You can be released from isolation after 5 days if you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.
  • Inform your contacts (up to 48 hours before the beginning of symptoms or before your positive test if you have no symptoms).
  • Due to the number of infections, the Cantonal Doctor's Office is no longer able to call all positive persons. However, you will receive an SMS with a link. By clicking on it, you can fill in the online form. After filling in the form, you will receive an isolation decision (proof for employer or school) by email within 48 hours.
  • If you have not received an SMS, you can call the hotline (there is up to 13 minutes of waiting time so please be patient).
  • If, after 48 hours, you have not received your isolation decision and you need it, you can call the hotline (up to 13 minutes of waiting time so please be patient).
     

If you are a contact person (same household or intimate contact)

You are a contact person and you live in the same household (family, roommate, etc.) or have intimate contact with a positive person and you have not been cured or vaccinated within the last 4 months:

  • Quarantine yourself for 5 days.
  • The positive person with whom you were in contact had to give your name to the Cantonal Doctor's Office.
    • You have received a text message with a link. If you need a quarantine certificate (proof for employer or school), click on the link and fill in the online form. You will receive the certificate by email within 48 hours. If you have not received a text message, you can contact the hotline.
  • Monitor your health.
  • Test yourself at the slightest symptom.
  • Apply the protective measures with the strictest discipline.
     

If you are a contact person (not same household and no intimate relationship)

You are a contact person and you have been in contact with a positive person (but do not live in the same household or don't have an intimate relationship):

  • Monitor your health.
  • Test yourself at the slightest symptom.
  • Avoid close social, private or professional contacts.
  • Apply protective measures with the strictest discipline.
  • In all cases, if you notice a deterioration in your health, contact your doctor or call 144.
     

 

Dernière modification
21 January 2022
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