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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 21 – 17 August 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 21 – 17 August 2020

Welcome to our twenty-first bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Increased hospital admissions for people with Covid-19 in the Hérault
  • Increase in outdoor locations where masks are required, including all markets, brocante, vide grenier and festivals in the Hérault + most central streets in Montpellier
  • Reminder – free masks (10 per week) on prescription for people with serious, long-term health conditions (affection longue durée [ALD]) with GP agreement

Increased hospital admissions for people with Covid-19 in the Hérault

Any Covid-19 cases diagnosed whilst someone is on holiday are attributed to the area where that person lives. For the Hérault, this means that hospital cases become a clearer identifier for any increase in circulation of the virus.

After having a steady three cases per week hospitalised with Covid-19 in the Hérault, this has seen a recent rise of up to 10 cases (most recent figures as of 14 August, 9 hospitalised, including 1 in ICU). As per 14 August figures, Occitanie has 149 cases diagnosed per day up from 115. The percentage of people testing positive is 1.9%, up from 1.2%. This shows an upward trend which may continue.
 
The Hérault was moved into a moderate risk category on 12 August.
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The holiday season has increased travel in and out of the area for visitors and those living here. This brings increased, but manageable risk.
 
The Health Authority (Agence Régionale de Santé/ARS) for Occitanie is urging that people be more rigorous about the application of preventative measures. They also urge people with symptoms to isolate and get tested.
 
All clusters (3 or more confirmed or probable cases occurring within 7 days of each other having been in contact) must be notified to the Health Authority’s track and trace service on:  ars31-alerte@ars.sante.fr
 
Please keep using the recommended preventative measures, and please stay safe.

Increase in outdoor locations where masks are required, including all markets, brocante, vide grenier and festivals in the Hérault + most central streets in Montpellier

By prefectural decree, wearing a mask will be compulsory from Monday August 17 for people over eleven years old at markets, brocante, vide grenier and festivals in the Hérault department.
 
In Occitanie, the following towns have declared that wearing a mask in certain outdoor public spaces is a requirement (the detail of where can vary between locations): Perpignan Leucate Argelès sur Mer Beziers Sete Frontignan Grau du Roi Nimes Bagnols sur Cèze Pont St. Esprit  Carcassonne (inside the chateau) Montpellier (most central streets – see map)

Please do look out for further information regarding anywhere you are likely to visit to be sure you are not breaking local byelaws.
 
Please be aware that this list is likely to change and grow over time.

Reminder – free masks (10 per week) on prescription for people with serious, long-term health conditions (affection longue durée [ALD]) with GP agreement

Anyone with a condition identified as ALD (including cancer, many heart conditions, etc) may have the right to 10 masks a week on prescription, free. This is on request from your GP (not routinely offered) and based on their assessment regarding how relevant this is to your condition.

This is due to continue until 31 August and may be revised to continue beyond that.

We recommend that anyone with an ALD makes sure they are talking with their GP and receiving due care, including asking to be assessed for a prescription for free masks.

Please note: there is no longer a shortage of masks in France, and it is possible that the price of masks will be revised downwards later in the year – possibly as early as September.
  Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Herault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

CSF-Languedoc

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 20 – 6 August 2020 – Cases in France

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 20 – 6 August 2020 – Cases in France

Welcome to our twentieth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Concern about increased pace of clusters and confirmed cases of Covid-19 in France
  • Towns and villages in Occitanie that have now made it a requirement to wear masks in certain public outdoor spaces (e.g. markets, main thoroughfares etc)
  • Free masks (10 per week) on prescription for people with serious, long-term health conditions (affection longue durée [ALD])

Concern about increased pace of clusters and confirmed cases of Covid-19 in France

Whilst numbers of serious cases (involving hospitalisation) in France continue to reduce, the Covid-19 virus is still in circulation, with the number of clusters on mainland France steadily continuing and rising. (A cluster is where three confirmed or probable cases are identified in a period of seven days, related to one community or gathering).

The concern for Santé Publique France (Public Health France) is that an upwards trend in the number of new clusters since the beginning of July has been confirmed. This means it is now in excess of when confinement was lifted.

In all, since mid-May, 531 clusters have been identified. Among them, 308 are “closed” (no more new cases for 14 days) and 59 “under control” (no more new cases for 7 days). 147 are being investigated and 17 have spread within communities, without the authorities managing to fully control them. All of these categories have increased in number since 8 July, including an increase of clusters not fully controlled and the number of clusters under investigation.

There are some wider-spread clusters in Quiberon, Pornichet and Annecy receiving a lot of publicity.

From 31 July, the Health Authority identified an increased number of cases among 18 to 30 year-olds who have gathered for parties (not related to known clusters) in Haute Garonne and more specifically Toulouse, which has now put that department in the moderate risk category. Hérault remains low risk, although there is a slight increase of daily diagnosed cases peaking at 21 cases on 28 July. The percentage of positive tests in Occitanie has also increased to 1.1% in the last week. There were 40,000 tests last week with an average of 57 cases per day. 

Sources of clusters are being identified (in descending order of magnitude*) as:

  • Public and private companies
  • Other communities (falling outside the other categories used)
  • Public and private establishments/institutions
  • Extended family environments/gatherings
  • Health establishments (medical centres, hospitals etc)
  • Social housing, hostels and supported housing environments
  • Schools and Universities
  • Nurseries
  • Vulnerable communities
  • Services for people with disabilities
  • Small geographical areas
  • Transport (planes, boats, trains)
  • Child welfare services
  • Prisons and penitentiaries

*Care Homes are excluded from the figures that have been used for this list, however numbers of cases in care homes since 8 July remain low.

Younger people (20-40) are the main group affected by the increase in numbers of Covid-19 cases. The worry is that with mild or no symptoms, and with many in this group therefore not getting tested, the risk to others is increasing.

Please keep using the recommended preventative measures, and please stay safe.

Towns and villages in Occitanie requiring the wearing of masks in certain public outdoor spaces (e.g. markets, main thoroughfares etc)

From 31 July, Olivier Véran confirmed that préfets had the right to make it mandatory to wear masks in public outdoor spaces in order to better manage the risk of Covid-19 spreading at a local level.

In Occitanie, the following towns have declared that wearing a mask in certain outdoor public spaces is a requirement (the detail of where can vary between locations):

  • Argelès sur Mer
  • Bagnols sur Cèze
  • Beziers
  • Frontignan
  • Grau du Roi
  • Leucate
  • Nimes
  • Perpignan
  • Pont St. Esprit 
  • Sete

Please do look out for further information regarding anywhere you are likely to visit to be sure you are not breaking local bye-laws.

Please be aware that this list is likely to change and grow over time.

Free masks (10 per week) on prescription for people with serious, long-term health conditions (affection longue durée [ALD])

Anyone with a condition identified as ALD (including cancer, many heart conditions, etc) has the right to 10 masks a week on prescription, free. This is due to continue until 31 August and may be revised to continue beyond that.

We recommend that anyone with an ALD makes sure they are talking with their GP and receiving due care, including masks to suit their needs.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Herault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

CSF-Languedoc

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August 2020 Newsletter is here

August 2020 Newsletter is here

Welcome to August’s issue of our newsletter. This month we bring you details of a couple of events to look forward to, one of which is a Virtual Vernissage of Kath Orsman’s beautiful embroidered pictures, planned for the autumn. There is an opportunity to commission a unique and original piece of art, perhaps from a picture of a beloved pet or country scene.

And this coming Saturday, why not visit Thezan les Beziers for the La Ligue sale – held in the open air on 1st August.

There’s also a reminder about this year’s Walks for Life and how to register, and the usual page of “What’s New in Cancer Research”.

Click here to view the newsletter.

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Walks for Life 2020

Walks for Life 2020

Not to be thwarted by these uncertain times, a dauntless team at CSF-L has devised a flexible and fun new format for our ever-popular annual fundraising event, Walk for Life.

New Name, New Format

Newly named WALKS for Life, the 2020 event proposes that smaller groups of friends and families organise individual walks or cycle rides of their choice – which can be known and loved, or new and unexplored – of any length and on any day between 1st and 27th September. This new format allows for anyone to take part, wherever they are.

More details may be found at the Walk for Life page on this website.

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Wearing masks in enclosed public spaces – advisory now, REQUIRED from next week, week commencing 20 July 2020.
 
On 14 July 2020, President Macron announced that wearing face masks in enclosed public spaces would be law from 1 August 2020.
 
On 15 July 2020, Prime Minister Castex brought this forward to next week (probably from Monday 20th or Tuesday 21st). Shortly afterwards, the Health Secretary, Olivier Véran, said that people in France should always wear a mask now in enclosed public places and not wait for next week’s decree.
 
Further information will be made available by the French government, including what sanctions, including fines, are likely to be put in place.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Herault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.
 
CSF-Languedoc

Posted by steve in Covid-19