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Testing in social care facilities



Social care and medical workers

An extraordinary measure ordering a compulsory rapid antigene testing (RAT), carried out by a medical professional, for employees every 7 days comes into effect by September 1.

The obligation does not apply to employees who prove

a) having undergone a RT-PCR testing, which resulted negative, not longer than 72 hours prior to a regular checkup,

b) having got fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the checkup, or

c) having survived a COVID-19 infection, provided the isolation period has already elapsed and the timespan since first positive test result does not exceed 180 days.

Stationary social and medical care clients

An extraordinary measure ordering a compulsory rapid antigene testing (RAT), carried out by a medical professional, for clients every 7 days comes into effect by September 1.

The obligation does not apply to clients who

a) prove having undergone a RT-PCR testing, which resulted negative, not longer than 72 hours prior to a regular checkup,

b) prove having got fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the checkup,

c) prove having survived a COVID-19 infection, provided the isolation period has already elapsed and the timespan since first positive test result does not exceed 180 days, or

d) are in the terminal stage of a (chronic) disease.

 

Visits to social facilities

You can now visit your loved ones in social care facilities. However, you must:

a) have taken an RT-PCR test no longer than 7 days prior to your visit,

b) have undergone a rapid antigene testing (RAT), carried out by a medical professional, no more than 72 hours before the start of the visit, and present a confirmation thereof,

c) prove having got your last dose of the vaccine administered at least 14 days prior to your visit,

d) have suffered a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within 180 days before the date of the visit and present a document thereof. (180 days are counted since the first positive test), or

e) have undergone an on-the-spot antigene test, provided the test result was negative.

If you meet one of the categories you can visit your loved ones. However, it is necessary to observe all internal regime measures of the given social care house and wear mouth and nose protection, at least a respirator of class FFP2 or KN95 without an exhalation valve (therefore a veil is not enough).

Find out in advance whether the facility you are heading to performs on-site tests. They can only be performed by trained health professionals. If they do not test, discuss your other possibilities. For example, they can recommend a collection point near the facility.

Remember that you are entering a facility where there is a high concentration of people prone to a worse course of covid-19. Please be extremely considerate when visiting.