Local news translated – Tues, Aug 3, 2021

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Corona vaccination of children over twelve – Pediatricians unsure
During the first campaign weekend for the vaccination of young people, 40 vaccination centers participated, according to the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs, and 5250 vaccinations were given to 12- to 17-year-olds, of which 60 percent were first vaccinations and 40 percent second vaccinations. As of Sunday, the vaccination rate for first vaccinations in this age group has thus risen to 21.6 percent, and for complete vaccinations to 13.2 percent. With both values, the southwest is above the national average (20.5 and 9.9 percent, respectively).

Roland Fressle, state president of the same professional association, says the 800 pediatric practices in Baden-Württemberg are split: “One-third vaccinate, one-third don’t, and another third have trouble deciding.” He himself and most colleagues adhere to the recommendation of the Standing Commission on Vaccination (Stiko): “it actually allows everything.” Vaccinations can be given in the case of pre-existing illnesses and in the case of frequent contact between young people and risk groups – which is also what the Stiko recommends. However, vaccination is also possible if the parents of the children and adolescents want it, says the Freiburg pediatrician.

“We educate parents and children about risks, such as the side effect of heart muscle disease. The long-term consequences of the vaccination are not yet foreseeable, there can still be complications years later.” Incidentally, he said, many practices also vaccinate against meningococcal B, although the Stiko does not generally recommend it. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, August 3)

Fewer than 50 intensive care patients in Baden-Württemberg’s hospitals
The number of Corona intensive care patients in southwestern hospitals is currently 47, of which 29 are given respiratory aid. The authority registered 95 new infections on Monday. Thus, 506,129 people have been proven to be infected with the virus in the southwest so far. The number of deaths linked to the virus is 10,406, and 492,793 people are considered recovered.  The seven-day incidence, which indicates the registered new Corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, was 14.5 on Monday, down from 15.0 the previous day.  One of the 44 urban and rural districts is above the relevant incidence mark of 35: Heilbronn came in at 38.7. The lowest seven-day incidence is in the districts of Tuttlingen (1.4), Schwäbisch Hall (3.0) and Sigmaringen (2.3).  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 2)

Fight against COVID
According to a decision made after the Federal States health minister’s meeting, the third vaccination will be provided in September, especially for those at high risk. For the third vaccination, mRNA vaccines from Moderna or Biontech will be used. (WELT.de, August 2) 

Non-Corona related news:

Lerchenplatz in S-West will host several entertainment festivals
From Wednesday on, there will be readings, movies and concerts on the square in front of the “Arbeitsgericht” (Labor court building,) and the Café “Raupe Immersatt” invites you to indulge. During the daytime, cartoons from the International Festival of Animated Film will be shown from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then on Saturday at 1 p.m., reading mentors from the “Leseohren” association will be on hand to read stories with children. On Saturday from at 2:30 p.m. begins the doodle session 1000 Drawings Stuttgart. Artists and amateurs will paint, draw or glue pictures at a workshop.

In the evenings, there will be movies and music. “Jamhed” from Esslingen will be playing psychedelic rock and alternative music starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. Also, the electro musicians of “Lear”, who perform at 7 p.m. Sunday. The “Lukas Wögler Quartet will be playing Jazz on Friday from 7 p.m. on.  There will be catering with regional food and snacks. For tickets please go online  https://www.raupeimmersatt.de/aktuelles  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 2) 

Weather in Baden-Württemberg – Only little sun at the start of the vacation
Showers, thunderstorms and cool nights are expected at the beginning of the summer vacations in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. In the north, however, longer lasting sunshine is also possible bu, summer vacationers on the north and east coasts should be prepared for gusts of wind. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the highs are 18 to 25 degrees, and it is changeable. The least showers are expected in the north and northeast of the country. On the coast, the sun will even come through on Wednesday. The nights will be rather cool with low double-digit temperatures to air out.  On Thursday, it will be friendlier with maximum temperatures of 20 to 24 degrees. Later, however, showers and thunderstorms can move in the west, the east and in the low mountain ranges. In the east, even summery 26 degrees are possible. There, the meteorologists also expect warm temperatures for the weekend. According to the information, however, it remains rather unstable, overall. (Stuttgarter Nachrichen, Aug 3)

No more bacteria in the water – Herrenberg’s natural outdoor pool open again
Herrenberg – After the open-air natural swimming pool took a temporary break in the middle of last week due to elevated bacteria levels, swimming fun can resume from 1 p.m. on Monday, August 2.

The current water samples show that the water quality is impeccable and swimming is possible without hesitation.  At all measuring points, the values of the bacterium Escherichia coli 113 in the current sample are below the guideline value of 100 colony-forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters, the administration informs. The reason for exceeding the limit was very likely feces from humans or animals (birds), it said. “We regret the renewed closure and the associated circumstances for our swimmers very much,” says Stadtwerke manager Karsten Kühn.

From now on, tickets can be booked again via the online ticket store for a time window of three hours each, on weekends for four hours. Those who had already booked a ticket before the closure can redeem it for another day. Tickets and current information are available at naturfreibad.herrenberg.de. (BB.heute.de, Aug 2)