Director of Civil Protection Víðir Reynisson has tested positive for COVID-19. Víðir is one of the so-called trifecta, which also includes Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason and Director of Health Alma Möller, that’s been front and centre in Iceland’s COVID-19 response. He isn’t experiencing any symptoms yet and none of his coworkers will have to go into quarantine.
Víðir’s wife tested positive for the virus on Monday afternoon, and he went immediately into quarantine. He was tested on Monday, as were his closest coworkers, as well as Alma and Þórólfur. They all tested negative. Víðir was tested again today, and this time, the test was positive for the virus. He isn’t experiencing any symptoms but told Vísir that his wife was feeling poorly. They’re in isolation. Contact tracing of his wife’s infection hasn’t yielded any results, but according to Víðir, that’s normal, there’s plenty of infections whose origins we can’t trace.
Because Víðir’s sample was negative on Monday, it’s not considered necessary for his coworkers to go into quarantine, a notice from the Department of Civil Protection stated. He had not been in contact with them in the 48 hours prior to his test.
Víðir has been a popular figure during the pandemic, his no-nonsense manner inspiring the public’s trust. This inspired the slogan “I obey Víðir” (Ég hlýði Víði), and he and the rest of the trifecta were invested with the Order of the Falcon this summer, in recognition of their work preventing the spread of COVID-19.