The GGD Fryslân will testing as many residents as possible
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Omrop Fryslân, another six people were tested positive on Monday at the Asylum Seeker Centre (AZC) in Sneek (Gemeente Súdwest-Fryslân), adding to the 22 cases confirmed earlier. The centre is now closed, and this weekend it is hoped that a large number of residents can be tested.
In total, then, there are 28 AZC residents that have had a positive test result.
These people, along with their families and house-mates will be moved to another location for quarantine, said manager Benny Schonewille. The centre currently houses 450 people, of which most were tested in the last week. However, 98 residents remain untested because they were not at the centre when the tests were carried out.
“A group of about 100 people were not tested, because they weren’t available at the time. They had already left the centre when at that time”, said Schonewille. At the time, Dutch Coronavirus guidelines had not been put in place- hence the absences. Around 40 staff members at the facility will also be tested.
“In this specific incident we have tested everyone, including those without symptoms. That decision was made because of the specifics of working in an AZC, where they may be a language barrier or other circumstances”, said Margreet de Graaf of the GGD Fryslân. “We can see from the low rate of overall positive tests that the spread of the virus isn’t too bad. We had feared differently so it’s good to see.”