Fri 15 October 2021 13.24 hours
LEEUWARDEN – For the first time in a month, Frisian corona infections increased. This has been reported by GGD Fryslân. There were 778 positive tests this week, more than half in a week. “Corona testing remains important, in part because of flu season.”
The increase in the number of infections is as high as the national average. While Friesland led the way with infections per 100,000 people a month ago, the state is now in the middle group. This is much less true for hospital admissions transferred to GGD, although positive tests are increasing again.
The fact that the numbers are increasing is understandable. Since September 25, most restrictive measures have been lifted and people are more in touch with each other. The effect of such a relaxation is usually noticeable after two weeks. Due to the colder weather, people are spending more time indoors where the virus can spread more easily, especially when ventilation is inadequate.
The number of clusters of more than three infections that can bind together is increasing. There are only a few large clusters of more than ten cases. Infections are spreading to almost all age groups. There were fewer new infections only among young people. Over seventy, the numbers remain low.
Meanwhile, flu season (the flu) has officially been established. This means more people are getting cold symptoms. These complaints are often indistinguishable from corona complaints. The course of corona can be much more serious, especially for unvaccinated people.
GGD Fryslân continues to urge people with complaints to continue testing and is increasing testing options. Thus, the corona spreads as little as possible and hospitals are not overloaded by both corona patients and flu patients. Vulnerable groups receive an invitation from their family doctor for a flu shot. This vaccine reduces the chance of getting the flu and limits the course of the disease.
Needles in village and community centers
GGD will soon use so-called pop-up places: a day or two of vaccination in a village building, community center or other building. This offers more comfort than the vaccine bus as temperatures have now dropped.
In addition, people are expected to find their way to a trusted community center even easier than on the vaccination bus. The first time GGD Fryslân will use such a temporary location will be on November 3 and 4 at the Wijkcentrum De Hooidollen in the Bilgaard district of Leeuwarden.
GGD is phasing out the use of the vaccine bus. Next week the bus will be in Gorredijk (today 15 October) and Oldeberkoop (Wednesday). Anyone over the age of twelve can get vaccinated there without an appointment.
Of the 570,000 Frisians over the age of twelve, 77 percent are now fully vaccinated. 3,089 shots were taken this week. In over a third of these cases, this happened without an appointment. Spontaneous vaccination is available up to one hour before closing time at four fixed locations outside the bus (Drachten, Heerenveen, Leeuwarden and Sneek).
Young people are currently the largest group to be vaccinated of all age groups. Three out of five young people aged 12 to 18 have had their first vaccination.
There are separate consultation hours at Sneek on Tuesdays and Saturdays for Frisians with a fear of needles. About twenty people have used it in recent weeks.
Last week, 6737 corona tests were conducted among Fryslân residents. Almost 1600 more than a week ago. A total of 556,084 tests were conducted in the GGD by the Frisians. In the northeast corner, infection rates remained relatively high.
A total of 55,239 Frisians tested positive this week, with 778 infected people. Six hospitalizations have been reported to GGD Fryslân in the past seven days (four in the past week). For the first time in a month, a death has been reported to GGD.
Noardeast-Fryslân and Achtkarspelen had the most new infections per 100,000 people last week. There was a more than double increase in seven of the eighteen municipalities. The numbers fell in Tytsjerksteradiel and Dantumadiel.
Municipal infection rates (last week in brackets): Noordoost Fryslân 135 (97), Leeuwarden 90 (67), Heerenveen 86 (37), Smallingerland 82 (49), Achtkarspelen 78 (31), Súdwest-Fryslân 62 (54), Waadhoeke 58 (23), Tytsjerksterradiel 41 (50), De Fryske Marren 39 (23), Opsterland 38 (23), Dantumadiel 29 (31), Weststellingwerf 12 (5), Ooststellingwerf 11 (2), Terschelling 10 (5), Harlingen 4 (2), Vlieland 2 (0), Ameland 1 (0) and Schiermonnikoog 0 (0).