It is desirable to clarify the advice that the municipalities have come up with in recent days. This is because we receive many questions from residents of both municipalities and other municipalities.
This is a demanding period for all of us, both residents, municipal management and health services. It is a time to be generous, take care of each other, and take the necessary precautions so that we can handle this situation in the best possible way for everyone.
Hitra and Frøya Municipality follow the authorities’ advice and recommendation to limit all unnecessary activity and travel during this period, which the government has set for March 26. It is emphasized that this is not an imperative, but an advice to the population to contribute to the effort we depend on to limit the spread of the coronavirus and help distribute the pressure on our health services over a longer period.
This does not apply to necessary job vacations and other travel that is considered important and necessary. Travel between home and place of work internally on Hitra and Frøya should thus be possible as normal. Advice for cabin residents is based both on the capacity of their own municipality for health care in the event of people getting sick, as well as the restriction of unnecessary travel across municipal boundaries.
In addition, we will take the opportunity to inform about changes in the organization of the emergency room in the first instance applicable until March 26. As a result of the corona situation, the following has been decided today:
Changes for emergency room in the Orkdals region (13.03.20)
Due to the pandemic, measures are now being taken for the emergency care system for the Orkdals region. St. Olavs considers it unreasonable to operate an emergency room in the hospital premises due to potential contagion.
St. Olavs wants to keep Orkdal hospital corona-free as part of infection prevention work. Today, St. Olavs runs an emergency care scheme on behalf of 8 municipalities in the Orkdals region and more.
The municipalities in question are: Heim, Rindal, Rennebu, Surnadal, Hitra, Frøya, Skaun and Orkland.
The municipalities have had a dialogue with St. Olavs and come up with the following temporary arrangement:
- Contact telephone emergency room is as before, tel 116117 (reminds that many municipalities have created their own telephone numbers for questions related to Korona).
- Starting at. 23.00-08.00 Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the emergency room at St. Olavs at Orkdal Hospital (13 to 15 March).
- Starting at. 08.00-23.00 every day becomes an emergency room in their own municipality (14 to 27 March).
From March 16, the emergency room at night will be moved to another location.
The municipalities provide more information about a new emergency room system in their own press release.
Ole L. Haugen, Mayor of Hitra and Kristin Strømskag, Mayor of Frøya