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Coronavirus in Stuttgart – Incidence rises almost steadily

Stuttgart – For ten days, the seven-day incidence in Stuttgart is again above the value of ten cases per 100,000 inhabitants and is rising almost steadily. On Monday, the state health office reported a value of 21.2 cases. At the city’s health department, one is “concerned about the noticeable increase,” says spokesman Sven Matis. One assumes that it “will come to a further rise”.  

Because also in Stuttgart the R-value, i.e. the number that indicates how many other people an infected person infects, is “clearly above one,” says the city spokesman. Although the delta variant of the coronavirus in Stuttgart does not yet have the high proportion as in some other places. Of the current 200 active cases of infection, 27 percent were due to the highly contagious mutation. The hospitalization rate, i.e. the proportion of infected persons who have to be treated in a hospital, is 5.5 percent in Stuttgart, says Sven Matis. In the federal government, the figure is seven percent, but it has also been as high as twelve percent.   In view of this development, which can currently still be dealt with, the city is focusing on vaccination and, in particular, on further on-site vaccination campaigns, which are intended to offer citizens a low-threshold vaccination without an appointment. Although one senses “that the willingness to vaccinate is waning somewhat,” says Sven Matis, he is satisfied with the progress.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 20)


Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Many young people currently infected

Stuttgart – According to the authorities, a comparatively large number of young people in the southwest have recently become infected with the coronavirus. The proportion of children and adolescents among all those infected in the past seven days is high compared to older people. During the period, those over 60 years of age accounted for seven percent of those infected, while children and adolescents accounted for 21 percent.  Since the beginning of the year, authorities recorded 205 Covid-19 outbreaks at schools, with a total of 902 infections, and 505 outbreaks at daycare centers, with a total of 3661 infections, according to the state health department’s situation report Monday.  However, the Standing Committee on Vaccination does currently not recommend vaccination with an mRNA vaccine from Biontech for 12- to 17-year-olds without preexisting conditions. Their disease course is usually mild or without symptoms, he said. Hospitalizations are rare, and deaths occur only occasionally.  Currently, 66.8 percent of adults have been vaccinated once, and 55.3 percent have been fully vaccinated. This puts Baden-Württemberg above the national average: In Germany, 59.9 percent have received at least one dose. 46.4 percent of people in Germany are now fully vaccinated.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 20)


S-Bahn in Stuttgart – Main line closed during school vacation – what passengers need to know

Stuttgart – The S-Bahn is considered the backbone of mobility in Stuttgart and the region. For the first time since 1978, Deutsche Bahn AG, as the route operator, is daring to make a major intervention in this system. During the summer vacations, it will completely close the underground inner-city line for six weeks. S-Bahn trains will be switched to tracks 1 to 5 in the terminus station. Passengers are expected to switch to Strassenbahn, buses and bicycles.  The closure will last from Saturday, July 31, to September 12, 2021 – and will continue in 2022 and 2023 during the summer vacations.

How do travelers get to their destination? During the construction work, the commuter trains will run every half hour. In the terminus station, the railroad is using tracks 1 to 5 for S-Bahn trains – which means that long-distance and regional trains will be displaced. The S 2 from Schorndorf, S 4 from Backnang via Marbach, S 5 from Bietigheim and S 6 from Weil der Stadt terminate there. The S 1 uses the inner-city Gäubahn tracks and runs from the main station to Vaihingen without stopping. The new S 15 line (Herrenberg-Bietigheim) and the S 23 (Filderstadt-Backnang) also use this bypass. In addition, the S 12 runs from Esslingen via Bad Cannstatt to Schorndorf and the S 30 from Vaihingen to the airport.   (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 20)


Floods in Rhineland-Pfalz – Part of Böblingen’s rescue helpers back home

Böblingen district – In the meantime, the situation in many flooded areas in Rhineland-Pfalz and North Rhine-Westphalia has at least partially calmed down. Many helpers were or are on site. After four days of deployment, the fire department from the Böblingen district also returned on Sunday: District Administrator Roland Bernhard and District Fire Chief Guido Plischek welcomed the emergency forces.  Last week, 18 firefighters from the Böblingen, Herrenberg and Holzgerlingen fire departments had left for Rhineland-Pfalz to help in particularly hard-hit areas.The Ministry of the Interior asked the Böblingen district for emergency personnel and vehicles, whereupon the first so-called flood platoon from the Böblingen district left for Rhineland-Pfalz late Thursday evening.  In five vehicles, the firefighters transported special equipment to the neighboring state, which is needed in a flood disaster. These include emergency generators and sandbags. The Böblingen flood train’s first deployment site was the community of Langsur near Trier, where the emergency forces pumped out flooded cellars and houses and freed them from masses of mud and broken furniture.  

On Saturday and Sunday, the team moved on to Sinzig in the particularly hard-hit district of Ahrweiler. “Conditions there were catastrophic,” Wankmüller recounts, adding that everything was “full of mud.” It is true that there have also been floods in Baden-Württemberg in recent years in which cellars have filled up, he says, but not to this extent. That’s why, Wankmüller says, the district’s flood platoon has now been deployed for the very first time. In the midst of the suffering, Wankmüller recounts that a wonderful experience for the Böblingen emergency forces was the “enormous gratitude and willingness to help” of the people in the disaster areas. DRK and THW still on site.

 “The helpers are shocked and report unimaginable human suffering and destruction never seen before,” reports DRK spokesman Wolfgang Heubach.  

For the victims of the flood disaster, the DRK district association Böblingen has opened a donation account. “The best thing is a monetary donation, with which the Red Cross can help directly, quickly and easily on site.  Here’s the account for donation:  “Hochwasser-Spendenkonto: of DRK Kreisverband Boeblingen: Kreissparkasse Böblingen, DE71 6035 0130 0000 0022 66.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 20)


Böblingen: Eugen-Bolz-Strasse to be closed starting Wednesday

Böblingen — Eugen-Bolz-Strasse and later Tübinger Strasse and including the short one-way connection from Tübinger to Eugen-Bolz-Strasse will be fully closed from Wednesday, July 21, until probably the end of August, for sewer work, . The work will be carried out in two construction phases. About construction phase 2 will be informed in time. In the first construction phase, Eugen-Bolz-Strasse must be fully closed at the height of building 32. The construction phase will last from July 21 until probably Monday, August 16. It will then not be possible to drive from Tübinger Strasse via the connecting road to Eugen-Bolz-Strasse, as this will also have to be closed.   The detour will be in both directions via Maurener Weg – Berliner Straße – Tübinger Straße – Schönbuchstraße. (BB.heute.de, July 20)