Information regarding the coronavirus

The risk of community transmission of the coronavirus in Sweden is currently very high, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten).

The Municipality of Oskarshamn pays close attention to updated advice given by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) on the coronavirus. The Municipality of Oskarshamn cooperates closely with other autorities and municipalities, and is ready to act on any new developments.

Information in other languages

Information on the coronavirus at krisinformation.se in english

Information on the coronavirus at krisinformation.se in other languages

The Public Health Agency of Sweden: about covid-19 in other languages

Public Swedish Radio: About covid-19 in other languages

How to protect yourself and others, films on informationsverige.se 

Sign language; covid-19

Help reducing the spread of the virus

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell and have symptoms such as cough, fever, body ache or even just a stuffy nose. Avoid seeing other people than the ones you live with. Don’t go back to school or work until you have been symptom free for at least two days.  
  • Older people are at greater risk of serious illness, and so it is important not to visit people in hospital or care homes. If your work involves caring for older people, do not go to work if you have a cough or a cold.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Or use hand sanitizers.
  • The Foreign Office of Sweden advice against travelling abroad.

Help reducing the spread of the virus in other languages - The Public Health Agency of Sweden

If you have symptoms and need advice, please call the Kalmar Region health line 1177 (phone number +461177). The support line is answered and staffed by medical personnel.

1177 website

If you have questions about the coronavirus and covid-19, that are not related to symtoms, please call the national information line 113 13.

Protecting risk groups

The elderly are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus covid-19 infection. Therefore it is important not to visit people in hospital or care homes. Please note that respiratory tract infections can be life-threatening to older people.

We must all do everything we can to minimize the spread of the virus. 

Recommendations to the elderly

If you are over the age of 70 recommendations are that you stay at home even if you are well. In this way you avoid being exposed to the virus. We understand that many find this difficult, but it’s important in this situation to ask your relatives or neighbours for help with grocery shopping and other errands.

Activities for the elderly will be cancelled

To minimize the spread of covid-19, elderly activities and meeting places (Träffpunkten) arranged by the Municipality will be cancelled until further noticed.

Schools and education

The Swedish Government has decided on temporarily changed regulations for Swedish schools. This will allow the head of each school to adapt education and school activities to situations occurring due to covid-19.

We receive many questions about when to keep children at home. The Public Health Agency of Sweden currently advices that children who don't show any symptoms can attend preschools and schools. But children and adults who show symptoms, even mild ones, shall stay at home until symptom free, and 48 hours after that. Children and pupils shoud be left and retrieved by one healthy and symptom-free relative.

City preschools and schools actively work to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, and preschool staff will contact parents and caretakers to come and pick up children who show respiratory symptoms, even mild symptoms.

If you as a parent or caretaker feel concern due to the coronavirus, and want your child to stay at home, you need to apply for absence based on the school’s regular routines.

Due to the Swedish government’s recommendation about distance education for high schools/upper secondary schools (gymnasieskolor) and adult study programs, the Municipality of Oskarshamn has decided to close all education at the Oscarsgymnasiet from 18 March 2020. Nova also closes its premises for teaching from 18 March.

Teaching for students in high school/upper secondary school (gymnasieskolan) and adult study programs as well as Nova will primarily be conducted digitally. Students in gymnasiesärskolan who are in need of care and who do not belong to a risk group are welcome to the school as usual.

Online tuition at Oscarsgymnasiet

From Wednesday (18 March), all tuition will be performed online. During Wednesday (18 March) and Thursday (19 March), the will be assigned assignments in Classroom. 

From Friday (20 March), all tuition will be performed through Google Meet. Assignments connected to each subject will be found in Classroom.  It is the teacher’s own responsibility to make sure that the schedule and lessons will continue as normal. The students must be present during the online lessons. If a student is sick, the student or the legal guardian must report this in skola24. 

Students on APL will be contacted by their teacher for further information.

Oscarsgymnasiet will be open daily from 8-16 if a student needs books or other equipment, such as chromebook.  

Online tuition at Oscarsgymnasiet (Arabic)

Information from the municipal Education Department to guardians and pupils in several languages

To guardians with children in compulsory school befor the last day of school and summer holiday

Thank you!

The spring has contained challenges that none of us saw coming. Nevertheless, it also contained creative solutions. Thank you for an invaluable cooperation with you as guardian and your children.

Despite a lot of information and sometimes new, hastily introduced recommendations and guidelines, you stood up for it - and changed your way of living. It is a challenge to see early cold symptoms and talk to your child every day about the importance of keeping distances, washing hands and staying at home even with the slightest symptom of a cold.

Together we have succeeded well under current circumstances!

The last day of school before summer holiday

Summer is approaching and a different last day of school. The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that people limit their social contacts as much as possible and that is why the closing ceremony of the school is organized, class-by-class. The principal and the teacher can leave more information. Parents and other relatives, who wish, can digitally follow the closing ceremony of the school through the municipal YouTube-channel. It will be different, but different can be at least as good!

On the last day of school, like every other day, it is important to keep your distance when you leave and pick up your children at school. School transport is available as usual.

Instead of a big party, encourage your children who want to celebrate to do so in small groups and with their closest friends.

School trips

If school trips are planned, I also ask for reflection. The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends not to travel if travel is not necessary. Public gatherings and public events for more than 50 people are also prohibited, which can also affect the organizers' opportunities to receive visitors. The recommendations of the authorities can also change quickly, so stay up to date and follow the recommendations for your own sake, for the sake of the children and the school staff.

Finally,

  • wash your hands,
  • keep distance, but keep in touch,
  • be up to date and
  • Take care of each other this summer!

Regards
Lotta Lindgren
Head of Education Department
Municipality of Oskarshamn

Information to guardians and pupils with advice from the Public Health Agency of Sweden on when children and pupils can go to preschool and school.

New decision on when children and pupils should stay home from preschool and school (08 May).

Posters with short information on when children and pupils can go to preschool and school

Public events

The Swedish Government has decided to temporarily forbid arranging events and gatherings of more than 50 people (attendees, participators and staff included), indoor as well as outdoor.

This decision affects some of the Municipality operations, and events arranged by the Municipality.

Organisers of events will provide information to those who planned to attend events that will now be cancelled. If you have questions about already purchased tickets and such, information will be found on the website of the organiser. 

Avoid sharing unconfirmed information

We can all help by not spreading rumors, evaluate the source of information critically, and only share confirmed and reliable facts.

Swedish authorities on the coronavirus

Official information on the novel corona virus on krisinformation.se (Emergency information from Swedish authorities)

Swedish healthcare for visitors on krisinformation.se (Emergency information from Swedish authorities)

FAQ of The Public Health Agency of Sweden

The Swedish Government's response to the virus responsible for covid-19