Information about coronavirus


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Questions about corona?

Call the information hotline on 815 55 015 (weekdays 08:00 - 15:30)

Questions about vaccination in the municipality: 35 54 78 00 (weekdays 08:00 - 15:00)

Read more about the Coronavirus vaccine here

Information and advice from Norwegian authorities

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This is how you can be tested

If you suspect that they are infected with covid-19, you can get tested without a doctor's assessment.

If you have a GP at Herøya or Heistad medical center, contact them for a test.

Others can call: 35 54 78 00

The phone is operated Monday to Friday at 8-15.

Tip: There is the most traffic on the phone between 8-9. It's easier to get through on the phone later in the day.

Those who answer the appointment phone are not healthcare professionals. If you have any questions, you must contact your GP or call the National Institute of Public Health's information telephone on 815 55 015

If you feel very ill, contact your GP or emergency room on telephone 116 117.

Testing children

Severe covid-19 disease is very rare in children. Children under the age of 10 with only mild symptoms of respiratory infection can look at the symptoms at home a few days before testing.

Children with a runny nose as the only symptom, which is otherwise in good general condition without other signs of a new respiratory infection, do not need to be kept at home or tested.

The Corona Test itself can be quite uncomfortable and a challenging experience for children. We therefore want to test children only where the doctor considers this a necessary measure.

Testing before traveling abroad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) advises against all travel abroad that is not strictly necessary.

Porsgrunn emergency room or test stations can no longer offer a certificate for entry to other countries.

Several countries require travelers from Norway to show a certificate that they have been tested for covid-19 before leaving Norway. We see that the requirements for such certificates vary, both in terms of type of test and test results. There are no agreed standards that can be used.

The municipality's test center or Porsgrunn emergency room can therefore not offer such certificates, as we do not have a 24 - hour service that can handle these tasks. To obtain such a certificate, you must contact a private player who has a test offer, eg: or /

We point out that this type of test must be covered by the individual. The price of this test is 519 NOK.

Test premises

For those who do not have a GP at Herøya or Heistad Medical Center, the actual sampling takes place in separate premises at St. Hansåsen local medical center. We test every weekday. Jønholt Terrasse 30, 3922 Porsgrunn (follow signs)

This is how the test is done

The test is done by extracting sample material from the throat and nose. A small sampling stick is inserted and scraped against the mucous membranes to get some cells where the virus lives. The stick is then placed in a glass with a medium that allows the virus to survive transport to the laboratory.

The samples are sent for analysis.

Everyone who is tested should stay at home until a negative test result is available AND they have become symptom-free.

Test results

It takes 1-3 working days before the test answer is ready.

Test results are displayed on as soon as the test has been analyzed and answered. You must log in with, for example, a bank ID.

This gives you quick access to your own test results, which is important for you to be able to take the necessary infection control measures on your own as early as possible.

The result of the test answer can be written in different ways:

  • "Negative" or "not detected" in the result field means that no virus was found in the sample.
  • "Positive" or "detected" in the result field means that a virus has been found in the sample and that you are infected.

Other results may be «inconclusive» or «ØD». This means that the sample cannot be interpreted, and you will probably have to take the sample again.

If you have questions about the test result, you can contact your GP. Those who test positive are contacted by the municipal chief physician and infection detection is implemented.

Coronavirus vaccine

Read more here

Use of face mask

The executive council in Porsgrunn has adopted a local regulation on the use of face masks

Read more here


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