The circulation of the virus is now very active in the Lot section, where the incidence rate of the epidemic fell from 13.3 cases per 100,000 people to 63.5 cases in ten days. That’s why ARS Occitanie warns in its latest newsletter of an “extraordinary acceleration” of Covid in the region where the Delta variant is now the majority.
About 75% of the 111 positive cases detected in Lot last week fell under this variant.
Lot on the frontline
While Lot was among the last departments affected during previous waves of the pandemic, it is now on the front lines. The significant population movement originating from tourism in question started with a vengeance as of the end of June.
However, to date, only three people have been hospitalized in the department due to Kovid, and the intensive care bed has not been occupied. “We are in the process of running a large vaccine operation in the department to counter the outbreak,” says Julie Singer, president of ARS in the Lot. “We’ve opened up new niches in vaccination centers, and screening operations are performed when clusters are suspected,” he continues. Thus, 7,140 injections were made in one week, including 2,739 initial injections. More than half, 53.6% of Lotois have been fully vaccinated to date: “Vaccination protects because the vast majority of positive cases who develop a severe form are unvaccinated,” assures Julie Singer.
In order to prevent the circulation of the virus, a health card has been made mandatory for access to entertainment venues that can accommodate more than 50 people, but additional measures may be taken by the governor in the coming days if the situation does not improve.
Showtime at Figeac
More than 3,635 tests were carried out thanks to the temporary screening operations carried out in the department last week. After Cahors and Saint-Céré earlier in the week, a test day is being held at Figeac today at the request of ARS. From 10:00 to 16:00, anyone who wants to do this is welcome to the Mitterrand site for a free and no-appointment test. First, simply download the information sheet from the website of the Sylab lab that organized the process.