Pays de la Loire. The Covid ebbs but remains very present

“The situation is more favorable, but it is not over » , indicated, this Wednesday, July 20, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Pays de la Loire about the seventh wave of Covid-19.

The incidence rate is falling “but remains high”

The incidence rate of the epidemic has increased over the past week to 996 contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants, while it peaked at around 1,500 at the peak of the epidemic, around July 9. We have therefore fallen below the symbolic bar of 1,000 but “it remains high”, specifies the ARS. This figure means that 1% of the region’s inhabitants were infected last week, or around 35,000 people. And this reflux, if proven, is still struggling to translate into hospitals, the number of hospitalized patients – 75% are over 65 – having increased by 9% in recent days. In addition, there are still clusters in nursing homes, even if the vaccination rate for seniors is tending to increase.

Monkey pox: two vaccination centers

As for monkeypox, 60% of which is located in the Paris region, it currently only concerns 19 cases out of the 1,453 recorded nationally. That is 12 confirmed cases in Loire-Atlantique, 3 in Vendée, 1 in Maine-et-Loire, 1 in Mayenne and 2 other confirmed cases awaiting location. Dr Yves-Marie Vandamme, from the infectiology department of the CHU Angers, “expects an increase in cases among those at risk”, that is to say, to a large extent, among homosexual men with several partners. Demand for vaccination is growing and two sites have been opened at the University Hospitals of Nantes and Angers. But, reminds the doctor, “Vaccination does not provide immediate protection”.

Heatwave: “Relatively low impact”

The heat wave that raged in the region “has had a relatively small impact on the healthcare system”. To such a degree that “there were more calls to 15 for wasp stings”. This does not prevent the ARS from warning “There is a 50% risk that temperatures will be higher than normal for the season. » Professor Alain Mercat, from the Angers University Hospital, draws the attention of the public, especially workers and athletes: “From the first symptoms, feelings of dizziness, nausea, headaches, the effort must be stopped immediately. It’s very fast. »

July 14: “The health system has held up”

Finally, with regard to the state of the health system, “The tension is high but the system held up”, indicates the ARS, in the light of the« July 14 test weekend » . The consecutive national measures of the Ségur de la santé will apply in the region. Hot spots remain, such as the one mentioned on Wednesday July 20 by Professor Mercat: “At 2 p.m., at the Angers University Hospital, thirty potentially discharged patients could not go out, for lack of space in follow-up care or home care. At the same time, eleven people were admitted to the emergency room, for only three beds available. »

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