Host Nation Update, June 8, 2022
Current COVID situation in Baden-Württemberg
The B-W State Health Authority (LGA) reported that as of 7 June 2022, B-W had a hospitalization 7-D-I of 1.3 (-0.3), there were 81 (+1) COVID-19 patients in ICUs, and COVID-19 patients in B-W occupied 3.7% (+0.1) of the total operational ICU beds. RKI reported those numbers Germany-wide at 1.51, 631 (+18), and 2.9%, respectively. As of 7 June 2022, B-W had 9,371 new cases, 18 additional deaths, and about 107,116 active cases. All of B-W’s 44 counties had 7-D-Is over 100, including Böblingen (228.6), Calw (251.6), Esslingen (207.8), Ludwigsburg (197.3), Tübingen (246.9), and Stuttgart (184.7). None of the counties has a 7-D-I above 300, and the highest is the city of Karlsruhe at 278.8. The 7-D-I rate in B-W was 186.1 (-27.4), below the national 7-D-I average of 199.9. The estimated reproduction rate in B-W was 0.80. In B-W, as of 7 June 2022, 8,348,171 (+265 / 75.2%) people had received an initial vaccination, 8,202,962 (+492 / 73.9%) were fully vaccinated, and 6,884,484 (+5,054 / 62.0%) had received booster vaccinations. (B-W, RKI, June 7)
Böblingen/Schönaich – Panzerstrasse will open again on Saturday, June 11
From Saturday, June 11, Panzerstraße, Böblingen will again be open to traffic in both directions without restrictions. The U.S. Army plans on building a new shopping center on Panzer Kaserne, and more traffic is expected, so the road has been widened to create new turn lanes. In addition, the new bike path was extended and a new bike path crossing was provided at the junction to Musberger Sträßle. The construction work to improve the performance between Thermalbadknoten and Schönaich began in May of last year. They have now been completed. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 8)
A 81 fully closed for the weekend of June 10 – June 13 between Böblingen and Sindelfingen
Drivers in the Böblingen district must expect delays in traffic. Autobahn 81 will be closed in both directions between the Böblingen-Hulb and Sindelfingen-Ost junctions. From Friday, June 10 at 10 p.m., both directions will be fully closed throughout the weekend until Monday, June 13 at 5 a.m. The recommended detour will be via Sindelfingen and will be signposted. The reason for the closure is the six-lane expansion of the highway between Böblingen and Sindelfingen. In order to be able to build the new lanes, all bridges over the highway have to be renewed. On the second weekend in June, steel girders will now be lifted into place for the bridge structure on the district road between Böblingen and Dagersheim. The northern superstructure of the bridge will remain in place for the time being and will be usable for traffic in both directions again after the closure from Monday morning. Therefore, the road will also be fully closed. A detour via Schickardstrasse, Herrenberger Strasse and Calwer Strasse and vice versa will be signposted.
The full closure of the A 81 necessary for the excavation is being used to simultaneously erect the shoring for the new Deutsche Bahn railroad bridge further east at Sindelfinger Strasse. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 2)
Robert Koch Institute – 80 patients with monkeypox recorded in Germany
Monkeypox has now been confirmed and reported in 80 people in Germany, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The Institute spoke on Tuesday on its website of detections from nine federal states. Since the Friday before Whitsun, the number of diseases recorded at the RKI has increased by 15. It further said, “As far as is known, most of those affected do not fall seriously ill.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday, the disease is now detected in about 30 countries where the virus does not otherwise circulate. Several hundred cases are involved.
In Germany, the virus infection has so far been confirmed particularly frequently in Berlin: The Senate Department for Science, Health, Care and Equality reported 48 cases already, according to the latest available data from Friday before Whitsun. Of these, eleven patients had been admitted to hospital. “Since infection is likely to occur through mucosal contact, close physical/sexual contact with changing or unfamiliar people should also be avoided if possible as a precaution,” advises the Berlin health administration. Safer sex rules such as the use of condoms should be observed, it said.
Monkeypox is considered a less severe disease compared to smallpox, which has been eradicated since 1980. According to the RKI, the pathogen is usually transmitted from person to person through close physical contact. Experts believe the outbreak can be limited. The risk to the general population is still considered low. The symptoms (including, for example, fever and skin rash) usually disappear on their own within a few weeks, but can lead to medical complications and, in very rare cases, death in some people. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 7)
Colorful program at the Sindelfingen street festival from June 17 to 19
The International Street Festival has been an absolute highlight in Sindelfingen for over four decades. This year it will take place from June 17 to 19.
The opening of the 44th International Street Festival will take place on Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. on the Marktplatz stage by Lord Mayor Dr. Bernd Vöhringer and the Street Festival Association. The office for culture of the city of Sindelfingen and the association ISPAS have put together a colorful mix of music, dance and folklore, the twin towns inspire with local specialties. Among others, the STB Big Band, Wild Country, Roxis Timeless (Diana Remon & Friends) and the Spanish cultural association Sal Marina e.V. will perform on the partnership stage. On Saturday evening, there will be culture from Ukraine twice. At 5 p.m. musicians from the Ukrainian Atelier Stuttgart will play. During the International Street Festival, the streets in the festival area will be closed. Access to the underground car park Marktplatz will only be possible via the entrances Rathaus and Wolboldstraße. Appropriate detours to the Rathaus entrance will be posted; road users are asked to follow the signs. Festival visitors are asked not to carry large bags or backpacks on the festival grounds. Also, any alcoholic beverages are prohibited and cannot be brought onto the festival grounds. (BB.heute.de, June 8)
Boeblingen will celebrate approx. 45 events between June 23 and September 4
The traditional series of events starts June 23 at the “Oberer See” (Upper lake) with “Summer at the Lake” (Sommer am See), as well as the city festival between July 1-3, as well as “Schlemmen am See” (Feast at the Lake) from July 20-24. (BB.heute.de, June 8)
Traditional series of events start June 23 at the “Oberer See” (Upper lake) with “Summer at the lake”, as well as the city festival between 1 – 3 July, as well as “Schlemmen am See” (Dining at the lake) form 20 – 24 July (BB.heute.de, June 8)