Coronavirus: End of quarantine measures in the daycare facility case in Riehen

11/03/2020 (13:55)
Press release
Department of Health

Quarantine measures for families and staff affected by the daycare facility case in Riehen will be lifted from tomorrow, Thursday, 12 March 2020. The Department of Health of the Canton of Basel-Stadt would like to thank those affected for imposing the major restrictions on themselves. The steps taken made it possible to prevent further cases. Basel-Stadt is now able to report that some people have recovered from the coronavirus. However, the number of new infections continues to rise and, as of today’s date, is currently at 49.

The Department of Health of the Canton of Basel-Stadt would particularly like to thank families with children for accepting all of the conditions and restrictions imposed by the quarantine measures during the past two weeks. During telephone calls, the Department of Health’s contact tracers were able to witness first-hand how drastic the measures were for the families and what it took to adhere to them. The approach was necessary in order to slow the spread of the virus in Basel-Stadt, which is the primary objective at the start of an epidemic. For the families and other people affected, the quarantine will end as of Thursday, 12 March 2020.

Further cases of the disease have been detected in other quarantines currently in force in the canton, and quarantine measures have been shown to be able to curb the further spread of the coronavirus.

Four people in Basel-Stadt have now recovered from the coronavirus. However, the number of new infections continues to rise and, as of 12.00 on today’s date, is currently at 49. 13 people are receiving hospital treatment. Two people are seriously ill and require intensive care. 36 people are in isolation at home. In agreement with the Federal Office for Public Health, revised rules for quarantine measures now apply.

The Department of Health is showing the day-to-day status of positive tests for the coronavirus in the context of figures from the Federal Office of Public Health (https://www.coronavirus.bs.ch/en/informationen-zur-erkrankung.html, under the heading Current nuber of cases).

Cantonal physician Thomas Steffen has reminded the general public of what they should do if they develop symptoms. If a person has a fever (higher than 38ºC) and is showing symptoms of an acute respiratory infection (e.g. coughing or breathing difficulties), they should self-isolate at home until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. If symptoms deteriorate, the patient should contact their doctor by telephone, in order to get any further tests for COVID-19 underway at the University Hospital of Basel or University Children’s Hospital Basel.