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Host Nation Update, August 4, 2021
Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Incidence in southwest continues to decline
Stuttgart – The seven-day incidence, which indicates the registered Corona new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, continues to fall in the southwest. It was 14.1 on Tuesday (Monday: 14.5 and Sunday: 15.0), as the state health office in Stuttgart announced. The incidence also fell slightly in the state capital – it was 21.4 (down from 21.5 the previous day). In total, 506,449 (up 320) people have been proven to be infected with the virus in Baden-Württemberg so far. The number of deaths related to the virus is 10 411 (up 10). None of the 44 urban and rural districts is above the politically relevant incidence mark of 35: Mannheim came in at 32.5. The lowest seven-day incidence is in the districts of Tuttlingen (2.1), Schwäbisch Hall (3.0) and Sigmaringen (3.1). (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 4)
Schools during the Corona crisis – In- Classroom education
During the last school year, parents in B-W could keep their children out of in-classroom instruction if they felt the risk of their child being infected was too high, and they were not required to justify their actions. In the coming school year in B-W, children will be required to attend in-classroom instruction. Exceptions to that rule will require a doctor’s statement certifying that the child has a pre-existing condition or that someone in the child’s household is in a high-risk category. The truancy rules in force prior to the pandemic will be enforced, and the Polizei could be called to bring a child to school. Failure to send their child to school could result in fines for the parents. The B-W Education Ministry notes, however, that such actions would only be used in extreme cases. (SWR August 4)
Upcoming COVID measures for Fall and Winter:
According to a German Health Ministry working paper, the Health Ministry foresees a continuation of protective measures into the fall and winter. Continuation of the measures is necessary, “to protect the health system from an excessive strain and those groups of people who could not yet be vaccinated from a possible serious illness.” The paper notes, however, “A drastic lockdown as in the second and third waves will in all probability not be necessary.” The paper foresees a continuation of the basic measures of distancing, mask wear, and personal hygiene independent of the level of vaccination or the incidence rate. Mandatory mask wear, particularly in public transportation and in stores, will continue into spring 2022 for all, including fully vaccinated and recovered people. Independent of the incidence rate, by the beginning or middle of September 2021 participation in activities, such as indoor dining, hotel stays, personal services, sports, and indoor events, should be limited to vaccinated, recovered, or tested (3G) people. Under some conditions, depending on the level of vaccinations, the incidence in certain age groups, and the rate of hospitalizations, further restrictions on non-vaccinated people could increase, for example barring them from restaurants and events. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 4)
Non-Corona related news:
Leonberg – A vehicle caught fire in the Engelberg Tunnel early Tuesday evening. The tunnel of the A 81 was then closed in both directions of travel. According to police, the fire occurred on the roadway coming from Heilbronn. By the time the fire department arrived, the flames were essentially extinguished, and only minor follow-up extinguishing work was necessary. There were long traffic jams all around, and on the A8 coming from Munich, cars were even parked as far as Stuttgart-Möhringen. The alternative routes were also overloaded in the middle of rush hour. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 4)
On Saturday in Sindelfingen – Young organist in the Martinskirche
Sindelfingen – On Saturday, August 7, Lisa Hummel will perform the second solo organ recital in St. Martin’s Church as part of the Sindelfingen series “Organ Music in the Evening” with works by Vierne, Bach and Albright. The liturgical accompaniment will be provided by Pastor Deborah Burrer.
Lisa Hummel, born in 1992, studied school music, church music, orchestral conducting and organ (master class). After winning numerous prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” competition, she went on to win prizes at the Nuremberg International Organ Week Competition, the Wiesbaden Bach Competition, the Pipeworks Organ Competition Dublin, the Braudo Organ Competition St. Petersburg, and the Korschenbroich International Organ Competition. Since 2020 she is regional cantor in Rottweil.
There will be two services: at 5 pm and at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, donations (the organizers’ guideline: five to ten euros) are desired. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 4)