Testing of individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 to rule out illness is important for those working in essential services to be able to quickly return to work and maintain the essential services. MSB is there to support the expanded testing now taking place nationwide. Stenungsund is the first municipality to make use of a temporary testing station in the form of a modular building.
– It feels good to support Stenungsund with this testing station. In many places in Sweden, there are trained volunteers from the voluntary defence forces (FFO) who are also able to provide information and directions to visitors, planning and transports around this type of temporary testing stations, says Martin Sjöholm, who is the project manager of the task force in MSB’s special organisation for the handling of the coronavirus and who is currently in Stenungsund for the construction.
Testing performed in a modular building or tent makes it possible to limit the risk of transmission. Testing takes place outside the care facilities and in a clearly confined area. In addition to modular buildings and tents, MSB can also add other equipment in the form of furniture, screen walls, electric wiring, or exterior lighting.
The equipment is on MSB’s premises in Kristinehamn, pre-packaged, and staff all around the country is on stand-by. The requirement for installing a modular building or tent is for there to be a steady, paved surface where it can be erected in connection with a care facility and that it is possible to hook up electricity.