Local news translated – Monday, Sep 13, 2021

HN Update, September 13, 2021

New Corona rules in the southwest
Unvaccinated people in Baden-Württemberg could face more restrictions. According to a newspaper report, the state plans to require unvaccinated employees and self-employed people with contact to outside persons to undergo weekly tests as soon as a new Corona warning level comes into effect. 

So far, the plan is for a first warning level to apply statewide as soon as (in a seven day period) 250 intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients, or 8 out of 100,000 residents have been admitted to a hospital with symptoms. Then, for example, unvaccinated people would only have access to certain public areas with a PCR test. 

In a second step, called an alert level by the country, the 2G rule (vaccinated and recovered) would apply nationwide as soon as 390 COVID patients are treated in intensive care units or the so-called hospitalization incidence is 12. Then, among other things, unvaccinated people would no longer have access to restaurants, cultural and sporting events.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 11)

Current occupancy of intensive care beds
Intensive care bed occupancy can be viewed on the intensivregister.de site. According to the current status (09/13/2021 06:19 am), 2240 of a total of 2707 beds in Baden-Württemberg are occupied. Among them are 197 COVID-19 cases, of which 86 are receiving invasive ventilation. The number of COVID-19 cases receiving intensive care has more than tripled since mid-August. The state government wants to counteract this development by introducing stricter measures.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 13)

Corona virus in Baden-Württemberg – 503 new corona cases within one day
Stuttgart – In the southwest, 503 new infections with coronavirus have been reported within one day. The number thus rose to 547,250 since the beginning of the pandemic, as the state health office announced Sunday in its latest situation report.

The seven-day incidence dropped again to 91.8 (previous day: 92.3). Last Friday, it had been 93.4. Two new deaths, bringing the number of deaths related to the virus, to 10,535 were registered.  The vaccination rate for those fully vaccinated is currently 61.1 percent. About 63.6 percent of people in the country are considered to have been vaccinated at least once, according to the Robert Koch Institute.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 13)

Vaccinations for children and adolescents at Robert-Bosch-Hospital
The vaccination center put its focus particularly on the age group of 12 to 17 year olds. For this population group to be vaccinated is, according to the Medical Director of the Robert Bosch Hospital Mark Dominik Alscher, an important step for the further containment of the Corona pandemic: “With a vaccination, the young person can protect himself and his contacts, who may belong to the risk group. In addition, it increases protection for the population as a whole. This is because herd immunity is only achieved if this population group is also vaccinated.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 11)

Non-Corona related news: 

Enterococci in Sindelfingen’ tap water – still no all-clear from the health department
A routine test last Thursday confirmed that the drinking water in Sindelfingen is contaminated. The samples showed that enterococci were found in the tap water. As a result, the Sindelfingen public utility company issued a warning to the city’s citizens: Water must be boiled before consumption.

In the meantime, it has turned out that mainly the core city and the south are affected by the precautionary measure. The outlying districts of Maichingen and Darmsheim are not included. 

Immediately after the drinking water contamination became known on Thursday evening, warning measures were initiated. The firefighters used loudspeakers to warn of the contamination and emphasized that tap water must be boiled first before it is consumed.” Other warnings went out over the radio to SWR and 107.7, and the social media channels and websites of the city and municipal utilities, as well as newspapers, he said.  

Currently, the contamination is being countered with chlorine. Anyone who notices an increased chlorine odor need not worry, according to the Stadtwerke’s assessment. “The odors are harmless,” the municipal utilities report further. Enterococci are considered dangerous to humans, hence the boiling requirement.  They can lead to classic gastrointestinal complaints such as stomach aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Open wounds, which allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, should also not come into contact with contaminated tap water at present. Again, the water should be boiled for about ten minutes beforehand and then cooled for ten minutes. In more severe cases, enterococci lead to fever and inflammation of the organs. Aquariums should also not be filled with tap water at present. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Sep 13)

Böblingen/Stuttgart District: Construction work on the S-Bahn main line is largely complete, and the trains are running according to schedule again.
Böblingen District/Stuttgart. As of 4 a.m. today, Monday, September 13, S-Bahn trains are running again on the tunnel route in Stuttgart. Deutsche Bahn has completed this year’s work to modernize the main line on time. Passengers can now once again use a continuous 15-minute interval on the S-Bahn lines during the day, 940 train journeys a day.  

However, there are also immediate problems: As a result of a signal box malfunction, there are delays on the S-Bahn lines S1 in the direction of Plochingen/Kirchheim (T), S2 in the direction of Schorndorf and S3 in the direction of Backnang. The S2 and S3 commuter trains are currently only running every 30 minutes. For the latest information, visit www.vvs.de.  (BB.heute.de, Sep 13)