Information on coronaviruses

In Mülheim an der Ruhr, a ban on events and extensive contact-reducing measures have been enacted to curb the spread of the corona virus: schools, day-care centers, youth centers, urban cultural and leisure facilities / offers are closed or are being discontinued. There are numerous restrictions and entry bans. You can find all information about the current situation around the Corona virus on these pages.

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City administration limits services to the bare minimum - closure and establishment of emergency services

City Director and Head of Human Resources Dr. Frank Steinfort: The top priority is to reduce the risk of infection. The public offices reduce their services to a bare minimum, which means the closure and establishment of emergency services. All measures initially apply until the end of the Easter holidays on April 19, 2020, based on the current legal enactments (by the federal government, the state of North-Rhine Westphalia and the city of Mülheim/Ruhr)

This is what you do, if you are concerned about getting infected

In two cases, you should have your cold symptoms checked for the coronavirus: First, if you have had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the laboratory. Or, on the other hand if you have recently been in one of the risk areas.

If at least one of these two cases applies to you: Call your family doctor or dial 116 117. In both cases, a so-called "screening" is carried out on the phone to determine whether a contagion with the coronavirus is also suspected from a medical point of view.
The doctor will then decide whether testing including a smear is necessary in the diagnostic center and will refer you there. The diagnostic center only treats people referred by a doctor who also have pronounced symptoms (e.g. fever> 38.5 ° C).

Please understand that it is not possible to test people who do not meet the criteria listed above, due to the the laboratory‘s  limited capacities of examination.

Opening times of the

Does a test with persons without any symptoms of disease make sense?

A laboratory diagnosis should only be carried out in case of symptons of disease so as to clarify the possible causes. If a person is healthy, a test for CVID-19 offers no conclusion that one can get sick. In addition, the test capacities would be strained unecessarily.

As an employee, can I just stay at home, because I am afraid of getting infected?

No. Employees are not allowed to just stay at home or start working at Home Office out of their own accord. Also people afraid of getting infected on teh way to work or at the work place have to continue working.

Can my pet infect me with COVID-19?

At this time, it is not assumed that pets get infected with Covid-19. Up until now, only a single dog has been weakely tested positive. It is, however, assumed, that the detected virus came from ambient air.

Cemeteries and funerals

In accordance with the General Enactment oft he City of Mülheim/Ruhr (Allgemeinverfügung der Stadt Mülheim Ruhr) from  March 16, 2020, the Administration of Cemetaries is until further notice ordered to neither conduct nor offer any funeral ceremonies in the funeral halls of the municipal cemetaries.
Taking one’s leave of the deceased should only happen within the nearest circle oft he family directly near  the grave. We also ask that people refrain from expressing condolences at the grave.
The Administration of Cemetaries advises: urn burials should be postponed until further notice.

The Municipal Cemetaries are further open tot he citizens; please note, however, that the rules regarding the reduction of personal contact (,Kontaktverbot‘) apply here as well.

Criteria for being discharged from hospital or from domestic isolation

In accordance with the guidelines by the Arbeitsgruppe Infektionsschutz der Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Obersten Landesgesundheitsbehörden (AOLG):
I.    Criteria for being discharged from a hospital ( after severe progression of the disease)
a.    Into domestic isolation

  • Clinical improvement, which allows based on medical evaluation of the individual case for further ambulant treatment
  • Requirements regarding surroundingts are met (see

b.    Complete discharge without any furtherregulatory conditions

  • Free of symptoms for at least 48 hours in regard tot he actual CoviD-19-illness
  • 2 negative SARS-CoV-2-PCR-examinations 24 hours apart generated from oro-/nasopharyngeal smears

II. Criteria for being discharged from domestic isolation
a. without previous hospital stay (light progression oft he disease)
•    at the earliest

Dr. Frank Pisani from the Health Department on the optimized work of the diagnostic center on Mintarder Straße

"As part of the extension of the opening hours of the diagnostic center, we have also expanded the test capacities. In addition to the already known test requirements ( contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case, a return from a country classified as a risk area or a region with an accumulation of Covid-19 cases and symptoms that have occurred), we now also offer testing for people with previous illnesses and respiratory diseases . We would also like to offer the test to people who work on a voluntary or on a full-time basis with risk patients (hospital and nursing staff).
Please consult your physician prior to visiting the diagnostic center and have your medical referral faxed to the diagnostic center. In spite of the expansion of the capacities, we would like to ask you to demonstrate solidarity with those in need of testing. A test does not always make sense. If a family member living in domestic community has already been tested, one will already  have been placed under

Food Monitoring takes over Initial Instructions

Due to the COVID-19 events, the Office of Public Health is currently unable to provide initial information in accordance with Section 43 (1) Infection Protection Act.
This service is now taken over by the Food Surveillance, since both the production and the sale of food must be ensured. Food companies may need new staff at short notice and initial instruction is essential for many areas of work.
Individual appointments are given for the initial instruction.
Please register at (
Enter your first and last name, your address, your date of birth and a telephone number where you can be reached easily. You will then be given an appointment. The instructions take place in the office building at Leineweberstrasse 18-20, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr.

How can you protect yourself from infection?

Like influenza and other acute respiratory infections, cough and sneeze etiquette and good hand hygiene also protect against transmission of the new corona virus. In view of all diseases, these measures are advisable everywhere and at any time.

You can find more information on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

How does the virus spread?

Humans can intercept the corona virus (COVID-19) from other people with the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth that spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Humans can also catch COVID-19 by inhaling droplets from someone with COVID-19 who coughs or exhales droplets. For this reason, it is important to be more than 1 meter away from a sick person.

More informations can be found here:

WorldHealthOrganization (website), Robert-Koch-Instituts (RKI) and 

I am infected with coronavirus, but show no symptoms

Persons infected with Coronavirus, who show no symptoms of the disease, are initially only subjected to domestic quarantine. During this period, the Office of Public Health maintains contact with the persons concerned. The status of health will be monitored  and should symptoms occur, further measures will be taken immediately.

I had contact with a contact person of an infected person

If you had contact with a contact person of an infected person and the contact person does not show symptoms of a disease, you do not have to get tested.

I had contact with an infected person from a risk arera

If you had contact with an infected person coming from a risk area and you yourself show no symptoms, no test will be conducted.

Important numbers

If you have any questions about the virus, you can also contact the Corona citizens' phone: 0208/455 - 22.

In Service: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Simple medical questions are also answered there; however, this only until 4 p.m.
However, the following still applies: If you have cold symptoms and have had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the laboratory or have recently been in one of the risk areas, call your family doctor or call 116 117.

Helping neighbours - offers of help (CBE): 01573 / 2226007
The doctor will then decide whether a smear is necessary testing in the diagnostic center and will refer you there.  

You can also reach us on social media:
Monday to Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In which regions and countries has SARS-CoV-2 been detected?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the spread of Coronavirus as a pandemy. Pandemy stands for an infectuous disease in human beings, which spreads across countries and continents. Coronavirus has spread globally. On the pages oft he WHO, the number of infections can be checked on a daily basis.

Is it possible to get infected by Coronavirus via imported food, surfaces or objects?

In the case of coronavirus, which can cause respiratory illnesses, the transmission happens primarily through secretions of the respiratory tract. If these infectuous secretions reach the hands, which then for instance touch the face, transmission is also possible in this manner. Good hand hygiene, therefore, is an important part of prevention.. Transmission via lifeless surfaces, however, has so far not been documented. An infection with SARS-CoV-2 via surfaces, which do not belong to the immediate surroundings of patients with symptoms, e.g. imported goods, mailings or baggage, therefore, seems unlikely.

New informations from the Ordnungsamt (regulatory office) about animals

The State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia has taken comprehensive measures to contain the Coronavirus-pandemic. On March 22, 2020 the State Government issued a legislative decree (CoronaSchVO) including a far-reaching contact ban and further restrictions.

Dog / Riding schools
Dog and riding schools are to be closed.

Care for Horses and Horse Rides
The Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has in accordance with the provisions to contain corona infection published a "Guideline for all horse-keeping businesses with public traffic" to ensure the care for horses in North Rhine-Westphalia. This has to be observed. 

Walking  the Dog
To walk dogs, "walkies" can continue to be carried out in compliance with the general hygiene regulations of the Robert  Koch Institute and while maintaining distances to other

New informations from the Ordnungsamt (regulatory office) about events / free time

The State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia has taken comprehensive measures to contain the Coronavirus-pandemic. On March 22, 2020 the State Government issued a legislative decree (CoronaSchVO) including a far-reaching contact ban and further restrictions.

Places for Leisure Acitivities, Cultural Activities, Sports and Entertainment
In accordance with §3 CoronaSchVO the operation of  the following institutions/meeting places  as well as the follwing acticities are prohibites/closed (regardless whether private or public):

  • Bars, clubs, discotheques
  • theatres, opera houses and concert halls  
  • museums and similar establishment regardless of the individual sponsorship and ownership
  • Trade fairs, exhibitions
  • Amusement parks and zoos
  • Offerings of leisure activities (inside or outside)
  • Special markets, funfairs
  • Fitness studios, tanning salons, swimming pools, water parks, saunas and


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