Local news translated – Friday, Dec 17, 2021

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HN Update, December 17

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Incidence continues to decline to 370.2
Stuttgart – The seven-day incidence has continued to fall in Baden-Württemberg. As the state health office announced in Stuttgart on Thursday, the value was 370.2 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week. On Wednesday, it was still 382.3.

Within a week, this incidence in the southwest has fallen by 121.5.  The hospitalization incidence – the number of hospitalizations of Corona-infected people per 100,000 people per week – remained stable at 4.8. The actual number of hospitalizations is usually higher than reported in the incidence.

Complete values are often not available for one to two weeks. The number of COVID patients in intensive care units in the state decreased by 14 from the previous day to 621.  The state health department reported 7142 more corona cases Thursday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 959,786. The number of reported omicron cases in the country rose by 18 to 71 within a day, and the number of coronavirus-related deaths increased by 50 to 12,497 now.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 17)

3G at work – How long will this rule last?
The 3G rule has been in effect in the workplace since Nov. 24. Employees on site must have been vaccinated, recovered or tested since then. According to the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), the term “employees” includes workers, but also soldiers or civil servants, for example. They all have to provide appropriate proof. But how long will the rule apply? 

The 3G rule in the workplace is to apply nationwide up to and including March 19, 2022. It can then be extended by a further three months. Employees are therefore affected by the measure until at least next March as soon as they enter a workplace.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 16)

Coronavirus in Stuttgart – Very high incidence in children and adolescents
Stuttgart – Although the seven-day incidence in the state capital has dropped below the 500 mark again for a few days, the figure is still too high. Especially in children and adolescents, the incidences are still in four figures.  

The incidence currently peaks among six- to nine-year-olds, where it has risen again in one week from 1151.4 to 1196.2 cases. Among ten- to 19-year-olds, it has decreased slightly from 1093.6 to 1054.2 cases

Because the incidences are so high, especially among the younger ones, during the Christmas vacations, when there are no tests in schools, pupils up to 17 years old must at least present a day-old test if they want to gain access to municipal cultural facilities such as the reading room in the municipal archives, the municipal library, the planetarium or the municipal palace. During the Christmas vacations, the 3G rule also applies in the VVS area and on Deutsche Bahn trains from the age of six years. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 17)

Coronavirus in Stuttgart – Demand for booster vaccinations declines noticeably
Stuttgart – After a rush for several weeks for booster vaccinations against the coronavirus, there are first signs of a saturation of demand. During a video conference of the district advisory council Sillenbuch, which also dealt with the vaccination campaigns there, the doctor in charge said that there was a clear decline in vaccinations in Stuttgart and that there was a “rapid drop” in demand.  

The fact that many people have already received their third vaccination is also shown by the figures. In the past week alone the established medical practices in the country would have administered more than 600,000 inoculations. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 17)

Non-COVID related news: 

In Herrenberg, the water must be boiled due to Coli bacteria
In Herrenberg and the surrounding area, citizens should boil drinking water for at least seven minutes. Coli bacteria are found in feces and can cause diarrhea. Until further notice, the city of Herrenberg has asked residents of its core city, as well as the districts of Gültstein, Mönchberg and Kayh, to boil their drinking water. The cause of the contamination is not yet known. The local fire departments informed the population by loudspeaker announcement shortly after the contamination became known.   (BB.heute.de, Dec 17)