Coronavirus reached Switzerland

The Corona virus disease (COVID-19) outbreak caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has reached Europe as well as Switzerland.

We understand the concern of guests wanting to travel to Switzerland and more specific our Heidiland St Gallen region and we therefore launched this frequently updated page to keep both guest who already stay in Resort Walensee and guest that have plans to travel to Switzerland updated.
 

Last update April 4th 2020 time 18:00

All the information on this pages is collected from the following official sources:

Current situation in Walensee apartments
Walensee apartments, acknowledging the importance of this situation, is following the advices of FOPH to protect both it's employees and it's guests.  Link to Pandemieplan

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health FOPH Link to FOPH
4.4.2020: The Federal Council has issued rules on the supply of medical goods. Furthermore, campsites must close, although pitches rented for the season or on an annual basis are exempted. The advice is still to stay at home.
2.4.2020: The Federal Council has acknowledged the special circumstances of cantons with cross-border commuters. It can authorise them to temporarily limit or suspend the activities of certain branches of the economy if the health of the population is at risk.
28.3.2020: The Federal Council has acknowledged the special circumstances of cantons with cross-border commuters. It can authorise them to temporarily limit or suspend the activities of certain branches of the economy if the health of the population is at risk.
26.3.2020: The Federal Council is calling on everyone to stay at home from now on. Everyone must act responsibly. Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. The existing measures remain in force.
20.3.2020: The Federal Council is urgently calling on everyone to stay at home. Everyone must act responsibly. Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited.
18.3.2020: Protecting the public is the Federal Council’s highest priority. It has declared that an ‘extraordinary situation’ now exists and is introducing more stringent measures. Everyone is now called upon to act responsibly.
17.3.2020: The Federal Council calls for members of the public to act responsibly and with solidarity. If you have symptoms of illness, stay at home and do not go to public spaces. The new measures are directed at everyone: both members of the public and professional circles. The measures are designed to help limit the spread of the virus as far as possible. 
14.3.2020: More strict federal government measures. 

The top priority for the Swiss Federal Council is the health of the public

The aim should be to make sure that people are better protected from the novel coronavirus, especially those who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill. We can all help by following the recommendations (both the new ones and those issued previously):

  • Keep your distance – for example: Protect elderly people by keeping adequate distance from them; Keep your distance when queuing or waiting in line; Keep your distance at meetings.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm.
  • If you have a fever and are coughing, stay at home.
  • Only go to the doctor or A&E once you have notified them by phone.

13.3.2020: The Federal Council is issuing new measures. Its aim in so doing is to protect the public and safeguard the best possible healthcare provision for those who have been taken ill.
12.3.2020: New sets of recommendations – general and for the workplace – should help to protect people over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions from the coronavirus.
8.3.2020: New recommendations for the workplace aimed at protecting people over the age of 65 and all with pre-existing medical conditions from new coronavirus. 
The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health provides up to date information for travellers and a daily 24 hours Coronavirus Infoline: +41 58 463 00 00 (German, French, Italian, English)

Current situation in Switzerland Link to Switzerland
The figures published here are based on notifications received until early morning. They generally correspond to the date on which the sample was taken by the doctor. The figures contained in the report and in the Excel table may therefore differ from those communicated by the cantons.
4.4.2020: No. of people tested positive (for coronavirus): 20 278, deaths: 540 people
3.4.2020: No. of people tested positive (for coronavirus): 19,303, deaths: 484 people
2.4.2020: No. of people tested positive (for coronavirus): 18,267, deaths: 432 people
31.3.2020: No. of people tested positive (for coronavirus): 16,176, deaths: 373 people
29.3.2020: No. of people tested positive (for coronavirus): 14,336, deaths: 257 people
28.3.2020: No. of people tested positive (for coronavirus): 13,213, deaths: 235 people 
27.3.2020: Number of cases: Infected: 12.161 people. Number who have died: 197 people
26.3.2020: Number of cases: Infected: 10.714 people. Number who have died: 161 people
25.3.2020: Number of cases: Infected: 9765 people. Number who have died: 103 people
​​​24.3.2020: Number of cases: Infected: 8836 people. Number who have died: 86 people
23.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: about 8060 people. Number who have died: 66 people
22.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: about 7014 people. Number who have died: 60 people
21.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: about 6113 people. Number who have died: 56 people
20.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: about 4840 people, confirmed: 4176 persons. Number who have died: 43 people
19.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: 3888, confirmed: 3438. Number who have died: 33
18.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: 3028, confirmed: 2772. Number who have died: 21
17.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: 2650, confirmed: 2269. Number who have died: 19
16.3.2020: ​Number of cases: Tested positive: 2200, confirmed: 1680. Number who have died: 14
15.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: 2200, confirmed: 1563. Number who have died: 13
14.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: 1359, confirmed: 1189. Number who have died: 11
13.3.2020: Number of cases: Tested positive: 1125 Confirmed: 1009
12.3.2020: Two over 80-year-old persons from the canton of Ticino died. Total number who have died: 6 Number of cases: Tested positive: 858 Confirmed: 815
11.3.2020: Switzerland recorded its fourth death attributed to the coronavirus; a 54-year-old man from the canton of Basel-Landschaft. The FOPH is in contact with the authorities of the Canton of Basel-Land. Number of cases: Tested positive: 645, Confirmed: 613
10.3.2020: The third death was reported in Switzerland; an over 80-year-old woman from the canton of Ticino. The FOPH is in contact with the authorities of the Canton of Ticino. Infections with the new coronavirus have been confirmed: 476 persons
9.3.2020: Infections with the new coronavirus have been confirmed: 312 persons
All those infected with the virus have been placed in isolation. The public health authorities are contacting people who have been in close contact with those infected.
Reports of diseases from: the cantons Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Basel Land, Basel Stadt, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Graubünden, Jura, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Ticino, Thurgau, Vaud, Valais, Zug, Zurich and from the Principality of Liechtenstein.
A number of people are in quarantine in their canton of residence. They must stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
8.3.2020: Switzerland recorded its second death attributed to the coronavirus; a 76-year-old man from the canton of Basel-Landschaft. The FOPH is in contact with the authorities of the Canton of Basel-Land. Infections with the new coronavirus have been confirmed: 281 persons
7.3.2020:Infections with the new coronavirus have been confirmed: 228 persons
6.3.2020: Infections with the new coronavirus have been confirmed: 181 persons
5.3.2020: Switzerland recorded its first death attributed to the coronavirus; a 74-year-old woman from the canton of Vaud. The FOPH is in contact with the Vaud cantonal authorities.
4.3.2020: In Switzerland, infections with the new coronavirus have been confirmed in 58 cases by the National Reference Centre for Emerging Viral Diseases in Geneva. There have been reports of diseases from the cantons: Aargau, Basel Land, Basel Stadt, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Graubünden, Neuchâtel, Schwyz, Ticino, Vaud, Valais, Zug, Zurich and from the Principality of Liechtenstein. All those infected with the virus have been placed in isolation.

Current situation in Kanton St Gallen Link to St. Gallen
4.4.2020:

  • laborbestätigte Fälle (kumuliert): Anzahl: 504, Veränderungen gegenüber vortag: +24 
  • Hospitalisationen Isolation (aktueller Stand): Anzahl: 66, Veränderungen gegenüber vortag: +3 
  • Hospitalisationen Intensiv (aktueller Stand): Anzahl: 13, Veränderungen gegenüber vortag: +1 
  • aus Spital entlassene (kumuliert): Anzahl: 62, Veränderungen gegenüber vortag: +12 
  • Verstorbene (kumuliert): Anzahl: 9, Veränderungen gegenübervortag: +1 

3.4.2020:

  • laborbestätigte Fälle (kumuliert): Anzahl: 480, Veränderungen gegenüber vortag: +25 
  • Hospitalisationen Isolation (aktueller Stand): Anzahl: 63, Veränderungen gegenüber vortag: +10 
  • Hospitalisationen Intensiv (aktueller Stand): Anzahl: 12, Veränderungen gegenüber vortag: +1 
  • aus Spital entlassene (kumuliert): Anzahl: 50, Veränderungen gegenüber vortag: +1 
  • Verstorbene (kumuliert): Anzahl: 8, unverändert 

2.4.2020: Confirmed cases: 455, number who have died: 8

  • Flawil - St.Gallen - Rorschach
    (inkl. Klinik Stephanshorn, Geriatrie St.Gallen, Ostschweizer Kinderspital): Isolation: 32, intensiv: 8 ​
  • Rheintal - Werdenberg - Sarganserland: Isolation: 8, intensiv: 3 
  • Linth: Isolation: 2, intensiv: 0
  • Fürstenland - Toggenburg: Isolation: 11, intensiv: 0 

​31.3.2020: Confirmed cases: 394, number who have died: 7
29.3.2020: Confirmed cases: 365, number who have died: 5
28.3.2020: Confirmed cases: 339, number who have died: 5
27.3.2020: Confirmed cases: 306, number who have died: 2
Die St.Galler Regierung stellte ein kantonales Massnahmenpaket vor.
20.3.2020: Switzerland is in an exceptional situation. The number of cases is growing rapidly. The entire population is affected and urged to take responsibility.
16.3.2020: Federal Council declares the “extraordinary situation” and tightens the measures 
14.3.2020: The government of the canton of St.Gallen has decided that schools must ensure that childcare is available from Monday March 16, 2020 until April 4, 2020. In the first few days, however, parents should organize among themselves. In consultation with the health institutions, the government has decided to severely limit visits to hospitals and old people's homes and nursing homes from Monday, March 16, 2020, to April 30, 2020. Only visits by people living in homes who are in extraordinary situations are permitted. These include, for example, parents of children in hospitals, partners of women giving birth, or visitors to palliative patients or residents. The government is calling on banks to stand by their corporate customers and to provide sufficient liquidity in this difficult situation. At the same time, the government is examining a strengthening of the East-South guarantee cooperative so that it quickly and unbureaucratically receives more room to maneuver to strengthen SMEs. In addition, the government will process requests for short-time work quickly and approve them more generously than normal. 
Confirmed cases: 20
13.3.2020: ​From now on, new, stricter instructions apply to events until April 30, 2020. Important: These also apply if you have previously received a different email from the Kantonsarztamt / taskforce.kfs. The Federal Council is tightening the measures against the spread of the coronavirus. The canton of St.Gallen is working out the cantonal approach as quickly as possible. As soon as this is known, we will inform you via our official channels. Confirmed cases: 15
12.3.2020: Confirmed cases: 15
11.3.2020: Confirmed cases: 11
10.3.2020: ​The health department has adapted the instructions for events with fewer than 150 people. This is because the Federal Office of Public Health has not defined any "affected areas" since yesterday. Confirmed cases: 7
9.3.2020: Confirmed cases: 4, Former suspected cases: 197
8.3.2020: Confirmed cases: 3, Former suspected cases: 174
6.3.2020: Second confirmed case: In the canton of St.Gallen a second person has been detected with the corona virus. Confirmed cases: 2, Former suspected cases: 174
5.3.2020: Confirmed case: 1, Known open suspected cases: 20, Former suspected cases: 151.
The federal government has supplemented the information campaign “How we protect ourselves”.

World Health Organisation Corona virus disease (COVID-19) situation in the WHO European Region Link to WHO
The latest official WHO data for Switzerland.

Swiss travellers should return home immediately. If you are still abroad, register yourself immediately on the Travel Admin App run by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. The FDFA is then better able to help you.

Before you travel

  • Avoid any unnecessary trips abroad.
  • Increasing numbers of countries are introducing measures such as border closures.
  • Various regions in certain countries have been placed under quarantine. Travel to and from these areas is only allowed with a special permit, if at all.
  • It is unclear how long these restrictions and measures will apply. Therefore contact the embassy or consulate of the country you are travelling to in order to find out about any special measures that are in place

Travelling to Switzerland / Travel restrictions

  • ​If you have symptoms, but want to travel to Switzerland and have questions about your medical condition and what to do: call +41 058 464 44 88.
  • ​There is a risk of becoming infected with the new coronavirus in almost all parts of the world. The WHO has not yet issued any travel restrictions. Many airports have introduced stricter passenger monitoring procedures. You can find advice on what to be aware of here. To protect yourself from infection, make sure you follow the recommendations on hygiene and how to behave around others even when travelling. Link to WHO
  • The Federal Council is taking measures to restrict the entry into Switzerland of people from high-risk countries and areas. These measures are intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and assure the provision of adequate care and therapeutic products to members of the public.

Definition of high-risk countries and areas
In consultation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, the Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA defines countries or areas designated high-risk countries or areas. The country or area must have imposed extraordinary measures to prevent and combat the new coronavirus. At present, Italy, Germany, Austria and France are designated high-risk countries.
People from high-risk countries and regions will be refused entry into Switzerland

People from high-risk countries and areas will be refused entry into Switzerland. Exceptions are possible, for example for people who live or work in Switzerland. Anyone wishing to enter Switzerland despite the entry ban must prove that one of the exceptional conditions is met.
This arrangement will apply for a maximum of 6 months. Link to FOPH

  • Zurich, Geneva and Basel airports:
    Notices are displayed at various points throughout these airports to inform you how to best protect yourself against becoming infected with the new coronavirus.
    ​Passengers arriving at these airports are not having their temperature taken. There is a great deal of debate among experts with regard to entry screening. Most agree that screening people’s temperature is not an effective measure to prevent or delay a disease from being brought into the country. Instead, they recommend informing passengers arriving in the country about ways of protecting themselves from infection.
  • ​Foreign Representations in Switzerland. Link to Representations
  • ​Medical advice for travellers to Switzerland. Link to safetravel.ch 

Arrival information - "Protect yourself and others"

  • Wash your hands thoroughly. Video
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue/handkerchief or the crook of your arm. Video
  • Stay at home if you have a high temperature and a cough. Video
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • ​Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department.

Recommendations for people over 65 and those with a pre-existing condition
Are you over age 65, or do you have a pre-existing condition (high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases or cancer)? Then we recommend the following:

  • Avoid public transport as far as possible.
  • Do your shopping outside busy times, or have a friend or neighbour do the shopping for you.
  • Avoid places with a lot of people, for example cinemas, concerts, sporting events, meetings and get-togethers in groups.
  • Do not visit ill or weakened people at home or visit nursing homes and hospitals.
  • Avoid unnecessary business and private meetings.
  • Reduce visits to nursing homes and hospitals to a minimum.
  • Avoid contact with ill people.
  • If you have difficulties breathing, a cough or fever, stay at home. Immediately phone your doctor or a hospital. Say that you’re calling in connection with the novel coronavirus and are at a higher risk of illness. Describe your symptoms.