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Coronavirus COVID-19

It is important that everyone takes measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Below you can read which measures you can take.

It's always important to follow the next measures:

For more information about the coronavirus you can check the website of the RIVM.

Latest update

Update: 28th of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Two warnings for your health and the current situation in Fryslân

Warning for incorrect information dietary supplements

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority warns against incorrect information about dietary supplements and the corona virus.

Why this safety warning? Many supplement sellers claim that their products increase your resistance and protect you from viruses or bacteria. This is incorrect. Suppliers of supplements claiming this can even face a hefty fine.

The only way to increase your resistance is to eat healthy, get enough sleep and exercise regularly. This makes your body more resistant to pathogenic bacteria and viruses and makes you less likely to get sick. You also recover faster if you unexpectedly fall ill. Read all about the warning from the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority about food supplements.

Going outside this weekend?

The weather will be nice again this weekend. Being outside and exercising contribute to good resistance. Do you want to go outside? Keep 1.5 meters away and go out the door with no more than three people. Below we list the information for you. Detailed information can be found on the website of the National Government.

Going out the door responsibly

  • Colds or fever (38 degrees)? Stay at home!
  • Not having a cold? No fever? Then only go outside if necessary. Shop for groceries on your own and go out with up to three people for a walk or a breath of fresh air. Do you see that it is busy where you want to walk? Then choose another place or go back home.
  • Work at home if possible.
  • Keep 1.5 meters away from others (2 arm lengths). Everywhere. So also on the street, in the supermarket and in the park.

For the image thinkers among us: the video below summarizes in 27 seconds how we can only control the corona virus together (Dutch).

National information number also open next week from 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Many questions still come in to the national corona virus information number. That is why this telephone number will remain open from 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM next week. You can reach this number on (0800) 1351.

The current situation in Fryslân

Since yesterday (March 27th), 13 Frisian residents have tested positive for the corona virus. GGD Fryslân is currently conducting contact research, whether or not in collaboration with the hospitals involved.

Not everyone with complaints is tested. This means that there are more people with the coronavirus in Fryslân than the number that we share daily in our update.

Who do we test?

Only people who work in healthcare and vulnerable people for whom it is necessary to know for medical treatment. On this map you can see how many positively tested people there are in Fryslân. These are updated daily. The map is linked to the most current data from RIVM; our figures correspond to this. Small differences may arise because GGD Fryslân and RIVM publish their figures at different times.

Update: March 27, 2020 (12.00 PM): Sanitary facilities at campsites and marinas closed and the current situation in Fryslân

Sanitary blocks on campsites and marinas in the Northern Netherlands are closed

The chairmen of the three Safety Regions in the Northern Netherlands have decided that toilet, washing and shower facilities at campsites and marinas should be closed immediately. The chairmen consider it a too big of a risk that in these places it is not possible to follow the measures with regard to keeping a distance of 1.5 meters.

The measure will be included in the new emergency ordinance, which the provinces of Fryslân, Groningen and Drenthe will adopt. The recreation companies themselves may remain open to guests who do not have to use those sanitary facilities. Such as, for example, users of a mobile home or chalet. The ban will apply to holiday parks, campsites, camping areas, small-scale camping fields and marinas. Due to government measures, facilities such as swimming pools and catering facilities had to be closed earlier in these places.

Current situation in Fryslân

Since yesterday, nine Frisian residents have been tested positive on the corona virus. GGD Fryslân is currently conducting contact investigations, whether or not in collaboration with the hospital involved. We no longer test everyone. So there are more people infected with the coronavirus in Fryslân than the number that we share daily in our update. In Fryslân, we only test people who work in healthcare and vulnerable people who need to know for medical treatment. This map shows how many positively tested people there are in Fryslân. The map is linked to the most current data from RIVM. Our numbers correspond to those of RIVM. Differences may arise due to the difference in publication time.

 

Update: 26th of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Are rapid tests reliable, is there sufficient space on the ICs and the current situation in Fryslân

Are there rapid tests in circulation? Are these reliable?

More and more "corona self-tests" are being offered (online). These tests are not self-tests, but rapid tests that are not intended for home use. They are intended for professional use. Only accredited laboratories, such as those at RIVM, use tests that can reliably determine whether the coronavirus is present in a patient. The offered quick tests show, via another method, whether someone has recently (a week or more ago) been in contact with the virus.

However, these rapid tests cannot determine whether someone is carrying the virus at the time of testing and whether they are contagious at the time. Users can be unnecessarily worried or are wrongly reassured. The reliability of these tests is therefore not (yet) clear and use is therefore not recommended. You can read more information on the website of the Healthcare & Youth Inspectorate.

Is there enough space on the ICs in Frisian hospitals?

Last weekend, corona patients from North Brabant were transferred to Frisian hospitals. The patients were moved because of a shortage of IC places in the hospitals in Brabant. These patients will be in intensive care as well as in nursing wards spread across the northern hospitals.

In the northern hospitals, the number of IC places has been scaled up and extra beds have been created. For example, non-emergency treatments and surgeries have been postponed. For the time being, there is sufficient capacity in the region to receive patients adequately. The transfer of patients is coordinated nationally by the National Network Acute Care.

Current situation in Fryslân

A second Frisian patient has died from the effects of the coronavirus. Furthermore, since yesterday, 16 Frisian residents have tested positive for the corona virus. GGD Fryslân is currently conducting contact investigations, whether or not in collaboration with the hospital involved.

We no longer test everyone. So there are more people infected with the coronavirus in Fryslân than the number that we share daily in our update. In Fryslân, we only test people who work in healthcare and vulnerable people who need to know for medical treatment.

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Questions and answers

In the measures I often read about fever and / or a higher temperature. What is the difference between fever and a higher temperature?

Your normal body temperature is a maximum of 37.5 degrees Celsius. It is possible to have an temperature that is higher than a normal body temperature (37.5⁰C), but lower than a fever temperature (38⁰C). Everything between 37.5 and 38 degrees Celsius we call a higher temperature. You speak of a fever when your temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius.

Can I still let my children play outside?

RIVM indicates that young children (under the age of 12) may continue to play outside together. RIVM emphasizes that this does not pose a health risk. However, the urgent advice is to limit the number of young children playing together. This also appeals to parents.

Can I go to the supermarket, theatre, movies, meetings etc?

We follow the national advice from RIVM. In places where people gather, viruses can spread more easily. For that reason, all meetings are banned until June 1 (instead of April 6), even with fewer than 100 people. There is an exception for funerals and church weddings about which more information will be provided later.

For all questions and answers, visit the RIVM website.

Can I still send a card or open a received letter?

Although the chance is small, there is a possibility you get sick from touching things or surfaces, such as a postcard, a bouquet of flowers, or a homemade drawing. That chance becomes even smaller if you regularly wash your hands and if you don’t t touch your face after you’ve received a package. So yes, it is therefore possible to get sick through a bacterium from virus through surfaces. But the main routes continue to be transmitted through drops through sneezing and coughing and via the hands. Therefore, follow the existing hygiene advice and measures that apply to everyone.

Can I still use public transport?

Yes, it is possible to use public transport. Public transport continues to operate and the stations are also open. Stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: colds, sore throat, cough, and fever. In addition, the guidelines of the RIVM also apply in public transport:

Do you already have health problems? In that case, avoid public transport. If you urgently need to go somewhere, ask for help in your area or travel by taxi. Keep an eye on the website of Rijksoverheid for more information.

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What can you do?

People all around the Netherlands are being advised to work from home as much as you can, or spread your work times. Additionaly: stay at home whenever you have symptoms such as a cold, coughing, pain in your throat or fever. Dim your social contacts. Call your GP whenever your symptoms worsen.

It's always important to follow the measures:

If you:
- have symptoms of the common cold or a temperature up from 38C 
- have been in contact with a patient with the novel coronavirus, or have been in one of the following countries or regions:

  • China (including Hong Kong)
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • South Korea

It is not necessary to call your GP at this stage.

If your symptoms worsen:
- a fever (above 38c)
- respiratory complaints (coughing and shortness of breath)

you should call your GP.

Questions about the coronavirus?

We recommend you to check the Q&A of RIVM if you have any questions. Do you still have questions or do you want to know more? Then call the public number: (0800) 1351. Are you concerned about your health? Then call your GP. Based on your complaints and situation, your GP determines whether further examination is necessary. We are available every working day from 9.00 AM till 6.00 PM. On Saturday and Sunday, we are available from 10.00 AM till 12.30 PM and from 1.00 PM till 5.00 PM.

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