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Let me begin by saying, for the record, I love living in Germany. Many expats (and locals!) complain about the bureaucracy and the frequently crappy customer service. I have had very few problems with those. We also don't have a problem with the Corona rules We follow them like the good little kittens who found their mittens.
But this weekend was for the shitter.
Here's the short version of what we went through this weekend, an entire year into this pandemic, mind you:
We had planned a private thing on the weekend which involved leaving town, so…
- We went to the local Corona-Test-Center on Friday for Schnelltests (results in 15 minutes)
- I tested negative, M tested positive.
Medical helper told M not to panic because it could be a false positive, but to quarantine and get a PCR test as soon as possible.
- M found a doctor to do the official PCR test immediately.
Labs don't test on weekends, we'll have to wait until at least Tuesday for the results. M's probe hung out in the doc's refrigerator over the weekend.
M did a home test (same as the Schnelltest, just at home): Negative.
- We slept in separate rooms and self-isolated over the weekend and into Monday.
- Saturday & Sunday, M did a home test each day: Negative.
- On Monday the Gesundheitsamt (health department) called M and informed him he is officially in quarantine until 29 March. M told him it was only a Schnelltest and not the official PCR test results. Gesundheitsamt Guy didn't know that. He also didn't care.
I searched the internet to find out if I am in quarantine also according to rules in Freudenstadt. Looks like yes. Gesundheitsamt guy could have told M that, just sayin'.
M did another home test. I'm starting to think he enjoys the brain tickle: Negative.
- On Tuesday morning, after another negative home test, the friendly doctor called with the good news that M's PCR test results are negative!
She faxed (yes, faxed) the official certificate to the Gesundheitsamt, I drove to her office to get the form, and M emailed it to the Gesundheitsamt.
- After lunch M called Gesundheitsamt guy to ask if he can be officially released from quarantine. He was told no, once the quarantine has been activated, it cannot be abgebrochen (stopped).
- My head exploded.
I spat through clenched theeth, "I'm calling your mother!!" (I unload pretty much everything onto that poor woman.)
- Thirty minutes later someone else from the Gesundheitsamt called (without knowing M had already spoken to someone there) and told him his quarantine has been officially lifted/cancelled because of his negative PCR test result.