“This is the most serious wave we are undergoing!” This is what was told to the staff representatives of the Basque Coast hospital center. Ten Covid patients are currently treated in the intensive care unit, patients not vaccinated against the virus specifies the Regional Health Agency (ARS). There would still be an elderly person who received both doses. At the start of the week, there were only four beds occupied.
The intensive care unit is not yet full, but in view of the incidence rate that exceeds 426 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the Basque Country, we can expect an influx of patients in the coming days. The white plan was therefore triggered at the Bayonne hospital to have staff available during this summer period. “Staff of the sheaves have already had their holidays canceled” specifies Patrick Cazalis, UNSA delegate at the Basque Coast hospital center. The management of the establishment could make call for the sanitary reserve.
According to the ARS, we have officially entered the fourth wave because of the Delta variant, which is very present and much more contagious. From Charente-Maritime to Hendaye, the entire coast is affected. The Pyrénées-Atlantiques is the third most affected department and more particularly the Basque Country where there are four clusters in summer camps or day camps.
“We are well at the level of vaccination coverage” welcomes Maritxu Blanzaco, departmental director of the ARS in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Nowadays, 403,000 people received both doses, or 67.2% of the population eligible for the vaccine.