Corona in Schleswig-Holstein: Additional test stations for travelers

For those returning from abroad, free tests will initially be established in Schleswig-Holstein

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Covid-10 tests are initially carried out free of charge at various stations for travelers returning to Schleswig-Holstein. Photo: Henze

It is currently becoming apparent that those returning from travel in particular are increasingly contributing to the infection process in Schleswig-Holstein. In order to counteract this early, test stations are set up at important entry points including ports. Schleswig-Holsteiners arriving from abroad - regardless of whether they come from a risk area or not - have the opportunity to be tested for an acute virus infection at these locations in Schleswig-Holstein.

Minister of Health Dr. Heiner Garg: “With extended testing options, especially at entry points, return travelers - especially those returning from risk areas - should be able to be tested. In addition to the new testing options, the Ministry of Health also informs returning travelers about current rules and their duties in ten different languages. ”

You can find information here: www.schleswig-holstein.de/coronavirus-einreise  

The test facilities will be set up at the port in Kiel, in Lübeck, at the ferry port in Puttgarden on Fehmarn and at the border crossing to Denmark on the A7, rest area Ellund. Another test option will be created at the bus station in the city of Neumünster. The tests can take place at the test stations from Friday, July 31st. A test result can usually be expected after 24 hours. Those returning from risk areas must quarantine until they receive a negative test result and report to the responsible health authority.

The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Schleswig-Holstein (KVSH) is expecting considerable additional effort due to the end of the holiday. "Since the resident doctors are responsible for the care of patients and this potential is finite even if support is needed, we believe it is right that additional structures should be used without the direct use of contract medical capacity,"

said the deputy chairman of the KVSH Dr. Ralph Ennenbach: “As KVSH we are happy to be able to contribute to predominantly mobile smear centers, which is based on the initiative of laboratories. This creates a good offer for those returning from high-risk areas. ”

The ferry port in Puttgarden also gets a test station. Photo: Sopha

According to KVSH research, around 55.000 holidaymakers per week are expected at peak times, of which around 40.000 come from abroad. The flow of patients would therefore have to be managed in such a way that they put as little strain as possible on the outpatient system of the resident doctors. The mobile smear centers will also be used for this. It must remain open at the moment whether the structure of the mobile smear centers, including the offers to be added in practices, is sufficient. If in doubt, further additions must be considered together with the state or the ÖGD.

“It now depends especially on how we all behave as we get through the pandemic. Vacation - the best time of the year - is a special challenge this year. We can all contribute to stopping the spread of the corona virus through our behavior during and after the trip. Please help with this, ”says Dr. Alexandra Barth, chief medical officer of the health department of the city of Neumünster, who is involved in the project for the public health service.

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