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Corona infection incidence rates continues to rise
Stuttgart – The curve of new corona virus infections within seven days continues to go steadily upward in Baden-Württemberg. The value was on Wednesday at 36.7 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, as the state health office in Stuttgart announced (as of 16:00). On the previous day, the value had been 33.5.  Above the 35 threshold are 18 urban and rural districts, another 22 have not yet reached the mark and 4 are even above the next level of 50.

The highest incidence has the city of Baden-Baden (65.2), the fewest new infections were registered in the Hohenlohekreis (16.0). There are 44 urban and rural districts in the southwest. The number of confirmed Corona infections in Baden-Württemberg since the start of the pandemic had risen by 966 to 513,648 by Wednesday, with one more person dying in connection with the virus.

The death toll now is at 10,437, with 61 Covid 19 patients in intensive care at last count, 31 of whom were receiving invasive ventilation. The hospitalization rate, the percentage of people affected who had to be hospitalized for Corona infection, is 5.5 percent of cases.  

Overall, 2009 of operable 2349 intensive care beds (85.5 percent) are currently occupied.  This figure is important in assessing the utilization of the health care system. However, such beds are not only needed for Covid 19 patients with severe courses, but also for people with other diseases.  . (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 19)

Incidence increases in Stuttgart – more travelers infected
An analysis of the figures showed that the proportion of active infection cases accounted for by travelers (88 people in total, 86 from abroad) has increased somewhat, from 13 to now 22 percent of cases. As for the travel countries where those infected had been before, Croatia, Kosovo and Turkey are the most frequently mentioned, according to the city. That was very similar a year ago.

Rapid tests in the Böblingen district – Again more people at test centers
Böblingen district – Testing, testing, testing was still the mantra in winter to keep the Corona pandemic at bay as much as possible. But after vaccines became more and more available, the motto was “vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate.” So what is the situation like at the testing centers in the Böblingen district? After all, according to the state’s latest Corona ordinance, unvaccinated people must present a negative test no more than 24 hours old on countless occasions.  “Since Monday, demand has jumped up again for us,” says Michael Hult of Paracelsus Pharmacy in Böblingen. He runs the test center in Kremser Straße as well as affiliated test sites in front of the Mercaden, at Ikea in Sindelfingen, and in Ehningen, Grafenau and Weil der Stadt. But he says demand cannot be compared with the third wave. Hult: “In the peak times, we had up to 2000 tests in one day, now we’re at just 200.”    Together with Michael Hult and the test centers in Sindelfingen, Leonberg and Herrenberg, the pharmacists are now running the test centers in the district almost alone again. In the winter and spring of this year, their number in the district had temporarily skyrocketed to over 160 due to many free providers. Now the district office states the number of test centers at 36. Nevertheless, Björn Schittenhelm wants to maintain the infrastructure, albeit with currently fewer staff and significantly reduced opening hours in the field offices.    “At the main center in Böblingen, we still want to offer long opening hours,” says Michael Hult. His center is open from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and from 2:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, as well as from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 19)

                                         | 7-D-I |  Chng
Baden-Württemberg   |  36.7 |  3.2
  County                       | 7-D-I |  Chng
  LK Böblingen           |  33.1 |   3.8
  SK Stuttgart              |  49.2 |   7.8
  LK Esslingen            |  44.5 |   2.8
  LK Ludwigsburg      |  33.9 |   1.6
  LK Tübingen            |  25.8 |   4.4
  LK Calw                     |  27.6 |   3.1

Non- Corona related news: 

Sindelfingen Open air program starts on August 26
Until Sunday, the organizers of “Culture in the Open Air” will be giving a guest performance at the outdoor pool area in Gärtringen. From Thursday, August 26, it is then on the Sindelfingen Glaspalast parking lot.The show continues on August 27 with a furious percussion show by the Böblingen-based band Skin of Clazz and on August 28 with a performance by the a cappella band Füenf. The vocal comedy troupe led by Patrick Bopp from Steinenbronn is coming to Sindelfingen at the invitation of IG Kultur. With the duo Loisach Marci are on 29 August the “official culture ambassadors of Bavaria”. With alphorn, Bavarian (speech) singing, electric guitar and electronic beats

The second week starts on Thursday, September 2, with the “ABBA World Revival”. Not only for fans of the Swedish cult pop band, the performance of this ten-member troupe from Prague promises a lot of fun “Women in Blues” presents music of Nina Simone, Etta James and Janis Joplin, the power women and their top-notch backing band will sing their way to modern blues singers like Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse on September 4. Further information and advance booking under www.kulturimfreien.de on the organizer homepage.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 19)