Covid-19: encouraging figures from Haute-Garonne

In Haute-Garonne, Covid-19 is losing ground. Incidence rate, screening test positivity rate, number of people hospitalized: all indicators are on the decline.

Covid-19 is losing ground in Haute-Garonne. All indicators are down now. The incidence rate is now 60.8 cases per 100,000 residents in the department, which is six times lower than in mid-August. Even among 20-30-year-olds, the decline is spectacular: from more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents in early August, the incidence rate is now 71.7 per 100,000 residents. In people over 65, the incidence rate has dropped to 28.4 cases per 100,000 residents. The positivity rate of SARS-CoV-2 virus tests currently stands at 1.2%.
In hospitals, where the alert level has gone down a notch, the pressure of COVID-19 is also easing. Currently, 205 people are hospitalized in Haute-Garonne, 37 of whom are in an intensive care unit. New hospital admissions for COVID-19 increased from 35 to 20 per week on average between September 13 and 20; Intensive care admissions follow the same reduction (an average of 5 admissions per week compared to 12 in the previous week).

“Life is slowly resuming in a more normal way”

“This fourth wave has passed and vaccination has really had a positive effect especially with fewer intensive care admissions”, underlines Thierry Cardout, Haute-Garonne Departmental Director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS Occitanie), who recalls that 84% of people admitted to an intensive care unit had not been vaccinated.
Currently, 81% of Haute-Garonne’s population who can be vaccinated (from the age of 12) have received the first dose and 70% have a full immunization programme.
“Hospitals and clinics are slowly recovering their activity, life is slowly resuming in a more normal way and that is a good thing. But we are still moving in stages. The population must still respect the barrier gestures which are very effective. As far as vaccination has gone, they should be aware that there are still slots in vaccination centers. We must all act together, ”concludes Thierry Cardout.

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