Local news translated – Thursday, March 10

Host Nation Update, Mar 10, 2022

Editor’s Note: Off-Post COVID rules are regularly updated and consolidated on the Stuttgart Citizen’s Local Coronavirus Rules Explained page.

Corona pandemic – Kretschmann doubts new law on protection against infection
Berlin/Stuttgart – The amendment to the Infection Protection Act planned by the political coalition envisions less restrictions in regards to COVID measures starting March 20. Baden-Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) who is currently in COVID quarantine himself, does not agree and said “I think it is grossly negligent of the federal government to do away with effective emergency instruments.”

According to Kretschmann, the mask-wearing remains central as a very effective tool; however, under the federal cabinet’s decision, this mandate will be massively curtailed. “To this end, a hair-splitting procedure is being forced on us, which leaves the states out in the cold.” He added that if the infection incidence would again increase, the new law would provide for an extremely complicated hotspot concept. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 9)

Seven-day incidence increases – situation in intensive care units remains the same
Stuttgart – The seven-day incidence in Baden-Württemberg continued to rise on Wednesday. The number of reported new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week climbed from 1551.8 to 1646.5 within a day (as of 4 p.m.), according to the State Health Office (LGA) in Stuttgart. Within a week, the value rose accordingly by a little more than 300.  Nevertheless, according to its current situation report, the LGA assumes that the peak of the fifth wave in the southwest has “probably been exceeded.” Since the end of February, the number of reported new infections has remained “relatively stable at a very high level, with a slight increase in recent days.”  

According to the report, 251 COVID patients were in intensive care units in the state on Wednesday, and 11.4 percent of intensive care beds were occupied by COVID patients. For both figures, the differences from the previous day and week were small. So was the so-called hospitalization incidence. The number of people infected with Corona in Baden-Württemberg who were hospitalized within a week and per 100,000 inhabitants was 7.3 on Wednesday.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 10)

Sindelfingen: New opening hours for COVID vaccination at the Stern-Center
Sindelfingen. On Monday, March 14, the District Immunization Center (KIS) will move from Messe Sindelfingen to the 1st floor of the Stern-Center in downtown Sindelfingen (Mercedesstr. 12, 71063 Sindelfingen). It will open starting Tuesday, March 15.  

Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.. It’s closed on Sundays. The opening hours and the link to make an appointment can be found at www.lrabb.de 

Vaccination without an appointment is possible at any time; the only exception is the vaccination of children, for which appointments must be booked. (BB.heute.de, Mar 10)

NON-COVID related news:

Böblingen homepage – City sets up its own web-site for Ukrainian aid
Böblingen – In order to bring together all respective information in regards to aid for  Ukraine, the city of Böblingen has set up a page on its homepage, which will be supplemented step by step. The address is www.boeblingen.de/ukraine 

The city of Böblingen is also calling on its citizens to make monetary donations. According to the press release, these donations will be used for refugees from Ukraine directly here on site – for example, for the immediate need for clothing, food, medicine or care products that cannot be covered immediately from existing donations in kind.

Donations can be transferred to the following accounts with the purpose “Ukrainehilfe”: Böblingen Municipality Kreissparkasse Böblingen, IBAN: DE82 6035 0130 0000 0000 31 or Vereinigte Volksbanken eG, IBAN: DE52 6039 0000 0100 7000 04.  

Bundled information on the topic with a central hotline and e-mail address is also available from the district administration at www.lrabb.de/ukrainehilfe 

(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 10)

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