Variant Delta, vaccination of caregivers, holidays … Where is the epidemic in Normandy?

Through Murielle Bouchard
Published on 8 Jul 21 at 17:02

The Delta variant represents to date in Normandy “52.9% of positive cases,” said Thomas Deroche during a progress report, Thursday, July 8, 2021. (© MB / 76actu)

Thomas Deroche, director ofRegional Health Agency (ARS) Normandie, without being alarmist, insists: “In Normandy, we know the same trend as at the national level. And it is not good since for the first time in a week, the incidence is on the rise in three departments while it was down sharply previously. “

Thursday July 8, 2021, an increase of 34% is recorded at the level of the region (it is of 31% at the national level). Still, according to Thomas Deroche, that “we are on low incidences, overall the rate is 19.04 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days in the region. At the peak of the epidemic stages, we were up to more than 300 ”.

The rise in the Orne expected

The increase in incidence is reflected unevenly in the departments. In Calvados, it reached 113%, in Seine-Maritime 31% and in Eure 16%. The explanation according to Thomas Deroche? “These are the departments where the young population is the most important. “

Apart from that, it is the 10-30 year-olds who until then rather spared by the epidemic are now concerned. The progression of the Delta variant (52.9% of positive cases to date in the region) is also an explanatory factor. L’Orne, which nevertheless shows a declining incidence rate again this week: – 19%, should, according to the director of the ARS, unfortunately quickly join the other three Normandy departments which show an increase. “61% of the positive cases in Orne are today Delta variants. “The progression of the latter is rapid,” it is estimated that a person infected with the Delta variant will infect six, while for the British variant, it was three “.

Note a positive point, even if the incidence rate is increasing in three of the five Normandy departments, the use of care and the number of hospitalizations in connection with the epidemic continue to fall: the youngest infected “do not the most serious forms but we know that the hospital itself is impacted after the epidemic upsurges ”. Thomas Deroche recalls the importance of barrier gestures to avoid a new congestion “if the epidemic resumes in full”.

The pace of vaccination is stagnating

53.3% of the population in Normandy has received at least one injection (third region in France) and 32.7% of the population is fully vaccinated (fifth region in France). This reactivity is however altered by a slower rate on the first vaccinations for three weeks.

Thomas Deroche maintains: “The vaccination needs to go back up, in particular for the most vulnerable. “In Normandy,” 75% of those over 75 are vaccinated, “says Marie-Claire Quesnel, president of the Regional Conference on Health and Autonomy (CRSA) in Normandy. Same observation in people who present comorbidities, Yvon Graïc, president of France assos santé Normandie also argues there “that there is an urgent need for isolated people, people who escape the care path and who have serious pathologies. be vaccinated ”.

Another priority mentioned by Dr Xavier Humbert, general practitioner, in charge of the Caen Canada vaccination center: “Vaccination of caregivers. »In Normandy, 71.9% of caregivers received a first injection, 50.1% have a complete vaccination. The objective posted by the director of the ARS is “that 80% of caregivers be vaccinated by the end of August”.

Ephemeral centers during the holidays

In addition to the current vaccination centers, ephemeral centers “for a week or more depending on attendance” will be set up in busy sites during the summer on “a cursor of three to seven weeks”.

Giverny, Verneuil-d’Avre-et-d’Iton near Center Parcs or Étretat should thus be concerned. On the ARS website, tourists can find a list of these “summer” centers. As for the Normans who go on vacation, Thomas Deroche insists, “you can now get vaccinated anywhere in France”.

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