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New quarantine rules at schools and daycare centers

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has - as announced - revised the Corona quarantine in schools, in open day care and in day care for children.

Schools and open day

In the case of a PCR-confirmed Corona case in a class or course group, including teachers and other staff, quarantine must be restricted to the infected person. Individual contacts or entire course or class groups must now be placed in domestic segregation only in very special and very narrowly defined exceptional circumstances. The prerequisites for these rules are compliance with hygiene measures such as the AHA+L rules (keep your distance, observe hygiene, wear a mask in everyday life, ventilate regularly) and regular testing. 

Individual follow-up of contact persons in schools is usually only necessary if there are indications that the general hygiene measures have not been observed or if there are other indications that make further measures necessary. Pupils as contact persons without symptoms can end their domestic seclusion if, on the fifth day at the earliest, the sample of a PCR test or a high-quality rapid antigen test from the list of the Paul Ehrlich Institute shows a negative test result. For teachers and other staff, quarantine ends as specified in the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance. This provides for the possibility of free testing by PCR test from the fifth day and by antigen test from the seventh day.

Starting September 20, 2021, three tests per week will take place at schools where PCR pool testing is not conducted.

Child Day Care

Quarantine must also be limited to the positive person in day care centers. If a positive case occurs in a daycare center, parents must perform three antigen self-tests per week on children for the next 14 days; non-immunized staff must also test themselves three times per week. These regulations do not apply in daycare centers where PCR pool testing is performed. 

For children identified as contacts in child care, quarantine can be terminated no earlier than day five by a PCR test or no earlier than day seven by a high-quality rapid antigen test from the Paul Ehrlich Institute list. Parents must confirm negative test results in writing. For the staff, the quarantine ends according to the Corona Test Quarantine Regulation accordingly as in schools and open all-day care.

Cost absorption for the free test

In accordance with the general quarantine regulation for contact persons, the quarantine period for pupils, daycare workers and staff is 10 days (Corona Test and Quarantine Regulation). Shorter periods are possible through self-organized testing, whereby the assumption of costs must be clarified by the contact persons themselves in accordance with §2, §3 and §4 of the Coronavirus Test Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG).

According to §2 (Testing of Contact Persons) para. 1 Coronavirus Test Ordinance of the BMG, close contact persons are entitled to testing "up to 21 days after contact with a person infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, if the testing is done to lift the segregation". Thus, a qualified PoC test should be funded for the purpose of free testing and at the regular end of quarantine after 10 days.

According to §3 Coronavirus Test Regulation of the BMG, this applies accordingly to patients, residents and employees of medical facilities and reintegration aids, if close contact with an infected person has taken place in the facilities/companies.

It is important that citizens inquire at test centers whether the test is a qualified corona rapid test and whether the billing is done according to the Coronavirus Test Regulation of the BMG. Free testing is a new regulation that must be implemented now. Citizens should not pay for a test themselves if they wish to claim reimbursement, whether they have statutory or private insurance. Reimbursement is often not possible.

Mobile vaccinations

As part of the Germany-wide action week "#HierWirdGeimpft", the Federal City of Bonn continues its open mobile vaccination campaigns, with which it has already reached more than 5,000 people. On Wednesday, September 15, vaccination will take place at Haus Vielinbusch, Oppelner Straße 130, Tannenbusch, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and additionally from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., the vaccination bus will be on Münsterplatz in the pedestrian zone. On Friday, September 17, the vaccination bus will be on the forecourt of the Frankenbad in the old town from 5 to 9 pm. On Saturday, September 18, the vaccination bus will be at the flea market in the Rheinaue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Herbert-Wehner-Platz. 

In addition, initial vaccinations are currently taking place in the vocational colleges, and this week second vaccinations of students aged 12 and older will be carried out on site at the secondary schools with mobile teams.

Corona figures

As of Tuesday, September 14, 61 people from Bonn and the surrounding area who have Covid-19 are in Bonn hospitals. 34 people are being cared for in normal wards, 27 are in intensive care units, and 18 of them require ventilation.

The corona incidence value rose to 146.4 related to 100,000 inhabitants on Tuesday, September 14. In the past seven days, 484 laboratory-confirmed new infections have been reported. Currently, there are a total of 670 Covid 19 cases, and 1,373 people are in quarantine.

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