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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 39 – 16 departments under lockdown

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 39 – 16 departments under lockdown

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

  • 16 departments under lockdown for one month: NOT including Herault and Aveyron.
  • Curfew pushed back to 19h00 for the whole of France
  • The PM encourages all businesses and administration offices to increase working from home.
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine authorised from Friday 19th March.
  • Vaccine roll-out

Click here for the entire bulletin.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 38 – Latest Restrictions in France

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 38 – Latest Restrictions in France

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

  • Virus still spreading across Europe, but not as quickly as feared
  • Three new departments under stricter restrictions – not Herault or Aveyron
  • Astra Zeneca vaccine approved in France

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday 4 March the following updates on Covid 19 in France:

  1. The Virus is still spreading across Europe, but not as quickly as was feared.
  2. Three new departments have been added to the 20 already under stricter restrictions (including weekend lockdowns), but these do not include the Herault or Aveyron, nor any departments adjacent to us.
  3. As of 1 March, the AstraZeneca vaccination has been approved for use in
    people between 50 and 74, with comorbidities.  It appears that some GPs are being flexible about the definition of “comorbidities”. Please check with your GP to check the situation locally.
  4. AstraZeneca has been approved to be administered from pharmacies.  It joins the Pfizer-BioNtec and Moderna brands which are available at centres with appropriate cold storage.
  5. As from 15th March, people over 50 with comorbidities (ie, other underlying health conditions) will be able to be vaccinated in pharmacies with the AstraZeneca brand.
  6. People aged 50-74 without comorbidities will eligible for the vaccine as from mid-April. 

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

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault 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.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 35

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 35

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

  • The tightening of the curfew throughout France
  • Rules for entering France from a non-EU country
  • Heightened measures for schools and universities
  • Vaccination programme in France available to those over age 75 and those with high-risk health problems
  • List of Vaccination centres in the Herault

The tightening of the curfew throughout France

Although the number of daily positive tests is dropping, they are still four times greater than the government’s target of 5,000 per day.  The Christmas/New Year celebrations did not lead to a spike in infections but the virus is still active and hospitals are still under pressure.  The new British variant of the virus is more contagious (although it does not lead to more serious health problems).  

The following measures will be effective from Saturday 16th January 2021:

  • There will be a national curfew between 18h00 and 06h00 from Saturday 16th January 2021 for at least 2 weeks.
  • All public places, including shops, will have to shut at 18h00.
  • New exemption certificates will be necessary after 18h00 for returning home from work or picking up children from school.
  • Should the situation worsen, the possibility of a new lockdown is not ruled out.

Rules for entering France from a non-EU country

  • It will be compulsory for anyone entering France from a non-EU country to show a negative Covid-19 test (PCR test not the quick turnaround test).
  • New arrivals will be required to self-isolate for 7 days and show another negative test at the end of that period.

Heightened hygiene measures in schools and universities.

  • New measures will be put in place to reduce the possibility of pupils mingling with other classes during mealtimes.
  • Interior sporting activities, both in school and non-school are suspended until further notice.
  • Lycées (sixth form colleges) will continue to use a mixture of home learning and physical attendance in class.
  • Universities – classes in groups of half the normal size will re-start from 25th January 2021.

For further information on the rules from 16th January, click here:   https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Vaccination programme in France available to those over age 75 and those with high-risk health problems

  • The vaccination programme is now extended to over-75s and high risk patients.  As from Monday 18th January, people over age 75 and those at high risk can request vaccination.  For people with cancer, they are counted as high-risk if undergoing chemotherapy.
  • From Monday 18th January there will be more than 700 vaccination centres open nationally. 300,000 people have already been vaccinated.
  • There will be enough doses available at the end of February to vaccinate 2.5 million more. If new vaccines are approved in the EU and in France, there will be 4 million doses available.
  • You can make an appointment in one of the vaccination centres to receive the first dose of the vaccine if:

You show no symptoms of current infection You have not been in contact with anyone infected in the last 7 days You have not been given another type of vaccination during the last 14 days. You have no history of severe allergies.

  • Appointments can be made at your nearest vaccination centre online as from 08h00 on Friday15 January via the government website – www.sante.fr provides full information.
  • Other websites for appointments are – Doctolib, Maiia or Keldoc
  • The address and telephone number of your nearest vaccination centre can be obtained from your GP, your local pharmacy or in the local newspaper.
  • Online appointments can be made on your behalf by a third party if you do not have internet access.
  • A national telephone number – 0800 009 110 – will be available from Friday 15th January. This number will be available from 06h00 to 22h00 and calls will be transferred to your nearest vaccination centre.
  • For the second dose of the vaccine, the vaccination centre where you received the first dose will give you an appointment. Because of the high demand, it will not be possible to use the online service to book an appointment for the second dose.

List of Vaccination centres in the Herault

  • Ganges : clinique Saint-Louis
  • Saint-Martin-de-Londres : salle des Rencontres
  • Saint-Clément-de-Rivière : clinique du Pic-Saint-Loup
  • Lunel : hôpital
  • La Grande-Motte : centre culturel (non permanent)
  • Vailhauquès : service départemental d’incendie et de secours
  • Saint-Jean-de-Védas : clinique Saint-Jean
  • Sète : centre de vaccination, route de Cayenne
  • Pézenas : hôpital
  • Agde : hôpital Saint-Loup
  • Béziers : salle Zinga Zanga
  • Cessenon : maison de santé (non permanent)
  • Olonzac : centre de secours des pompiers (non permanent)
  • Saint-Pons-de-Thomières : centre de secours des pompiers
  • Clermont-l’Hérault : centre hospitalier
  • Lodève : maison de santé publique du Lodévois
  • Gignac : lieu à arrêter
  • Castelnau-le-Lez : clinique du Parc

Montpellier

  • CHU
  • maison médicale de garde de la rue des Tourterelles
  • centre Bouisson-Bertrand
  • clinique du Millénaire
  • centre municipal de vaccination, 2 place Paul-Bec

For more information, click on this link.  https://www.midilibre.fr/2021/01/13/coronavirus-le-biterrois-se-prepare-a-la-vaccination-9307903.php

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

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault 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.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 34 – Revised arrangements for ending of Lockdown

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 34 – Revised arrangements for ending of Lockdown

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

  • The easing of lockdown from 15th December
  • The vaccination programme rollout in France from 1st January 2021

The easing of lockdown from 16th December

Although the number of daily positive tests is dropping, it is now unlikely they will reach the Government’s target of 5,000 per day by 15th December, the planned date for ending the lockdown.

There are some changes to the timetable for ending lockdown:

  • Lockdown will end on Tuesday, 15th December and a curfew will be in place from Wednesday 16th December. No exemption certificate will be required for being outside the home between the hours of 06h00 and 20h00
  • Travel between regions of France and outside France will be allowed from 16th December
  • The curfew will be in place from 20h00 until 06h00
  • The curfew will be lifted for 24th December 2020
  • The curfew will NOT be lifted for 31st December 2020
  • Leaving home during the hours of curfew will only be allowed for the following reasons:
    • Professional reasons (travelling to or from work). An attestation from your employer will be necessary
    • Imperative family reasons, assisting vulnerable persons, persons in a precarious situation or taking care of children
    • Medical reasons
    • The needs of household pets
    • The needs of a person with a disability and their accompanying person
  • A new exemption certificate will be published to be used if you need to leave home during the hours of curfew
  • There will be 65€ fine for breaking the curfew
  • The Government advises that family gatherings during the holiday period should be limited to 6 adults
  • Cinemas, theatres, museums, libraries, concert halls, sports venues will NOT reopen until at least 3 weeks after 15th December – i.e. Thursday 7th January 2021
  • Places of worship: at least 2 empty seats between worshippers – no exemption for Christmas services
  • Funerals:  limited to 30 people
  • Weddings:  limited to 6 people
  • Bars and cafes: – there is no definite re-opening date
  • Restaurants – may open from Wednesday 20th January at the earliest but take-aways and deliveries are authorised.
  • Sports clubs and facilities – will not open before 20th January.

For further information on the rules from 16th December, click here: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

The vaccination programme in France from 1st January 2021

Phase 1 – January 2021
The first 1 million doses will be administered to residents and health workers in EHPADs (nursing homes).

Phase 2 – February/March 2021
Depending on sufficient deliveries, 14 million doses will be administered to people at risk, i.e.:

  • People aged over 75
  • People aged between 65 and 74
  • Medical professionals aged over 50 with pre-existing health problems. 

Phase 3 – Spring 2021
A campaign of mass vaccination will begin for the rest of the population over the age of 18:

  • People aged between 50 and 64
  • Essential workers (security, education, food production)
  • Vulnerable people and their carers
  • People living in hostels etc.
  • The remainder of the population over age 18

The list of pre-existing conditions considered priority for vaccination includes:

  • Obesity.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD/English or BPCO/French)
  • Other chronic respiratory problems.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Diabetes 1 and 2.
  • Kidney insufficiency.
  • Cancer in the last 3 years.
  • Transplant patients.
  • Downs syndrome.

 The Prime Minister also revealed that the vaccine would be free and vaccination not compulsory. 

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

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault 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.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 29 – 29th October

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 29 – 29th October

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

  • New confinement across France from midnight Thursday 29th / Friday 30th October  until at least 1 December 2020 (including Attestation required every time you go out)
  • TousAntiCovid app – includes the electronic/phone-based attestations

New confinement across France from midnight Thursday 29th / Friday 30th October until at least 1st December 2020 (including Attestation required every time you go out)

President Macron made a speech on the evening of Wednesday October 28th 2020, talking about the significant increase in Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations and critical care patients. He made clear that all regions are at the alert threshold and all Europe is surprised at the voracity of the second wave. Predictions are that nearly 9,000 patients will be in intensive care in mid-November and French hospitals will quickly be saturated.

France has the following objectives:

  1. Protect the vulnerable and at risk
  2. Protect the youngest in society
  3. Protect medical staff and services
  4. Protect those with limited means
  5. Protect the economy

In response to this, France is entering confinement (lockdown) from midnight Thursday / Friday.

Details of what will and will not be allowed during the confinement period of October 30th – December 1st (with option to extend) will be announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex on the evening of October 29th.

Attestations/certificates needed to leave your home

Residents need to complete (in paper or electronic form) a certificate for permitted activities. These include:

  • essential travel to or from work (working from home is recommended wherever possible)
  • for medical attention/consultations that cannot be done remotely
  • to visit (in a Nursing or Care Home) or support (in a domestic setting) a dependent close one
  • to drop-off/pick-up children from school
  • to take exercise
  • to do essential shopping
  • to walk a dog (within 1 km of your home)

 Copies of the relevant attestations/certificates will be made available as soon as possible.

The new forms may include other categories, as well as clarification of the parameters of permitted activities.

Education

Nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools will remain open with strengthened health protocols. Universities will provide online courses.

Nursing and Retirement Homes

Visits will continue to be allowed to people in Nursing and Retirement Homes.

Local government and postal services
These services will remain open, with strict health protocols. La Poste and local Mairie services will still be available.

Restaurants, bars and cafés

These will be closed during the confinement.

Support for Business and workers

There will be financial support and a special plan for the self-employed, traders, very small and medium-sized enterprises. Employees and employers who cannot work will continue to benefit from partial unemployment benefit.

TousAntiCovid app – includes the electronic/phone-based attestations

The increased capacity for testing and tracing is being strongly promoted.

TousAntiCovid not only supports national efforts in track and trace, but provides daily updates to all users on Covid-19 statistics, and provides the latest, electronic copy of the attestations required.

To download the TousAntiCovid app for Apple products:
https://apps.apple.com/app/id1511279125

To download the TousAntiCovid app for Android products:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.gouv.android.stopcovid

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

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault 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.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 27 – 19th October 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 27 – 19th October 2020

Welcome to our twenty-seventh bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about increased safety measures across the whole of the Hérault from Saturday October 17 2020.

Increased safety measures across the whole of the Hérault from Saturday October 17 2020

These measures apply across the Hérault, with extra measures, (as outlined in Bulletin 26, including 9pm-6am curfew), applying in Montpellier.

Masks
These are now compulsory throughout the whole department in built-up areas (including villages).

Gatherings, Festivals and Social Events
Gatherings, festivals and social events are subject to the following measures:

  • No more than 6 people in any public place (funerals excepted)
  • No more than 1000 people for sporting events.
  • No dancing
  • No consumption of alcohol
  • No amplified music in public places.

Establishments open to the public
For establishments open to the public, the following restrictions apply:

  • Restaurants which open between 6am and midnight – no admission after 10pm, with obligatory masks for service personnel and for customers when standing
  • There must be a register of names and contact numbers of customers
  • Takeaway meals can be made available by home deliveries from 6am to midnight
  • Indoor public places must ensure that there is one seat between groups and all groups must be no more than a maximum of 6 people

Sale and consumption of alcohol
Only licensed premises can sell alcohol and there is a ban on drinking in the street between 8pm and 6am.

Economy and Tourism
Shopping centres and supermarkets must ensure a minimum 4m2 per client.

Places of worship
The wearing of masks is compulsory in places of worship, as is 1m distancing between worshippers.

Powers for local Mayors
Mayors have powers to pass local decrees that require a higher level of compliance at local levels. Mayors have also been given responsibility to ensure compliance at local levels.

Please be aware of any notifications provided by your own Mairie.

Protective measures

  • Keep at distances of 1 metre or more apart
  • Wear masks if less than 1 metre apart, even with family
  • Meet outside wherever possible
  • Wash hands frequently, whenever changing location, and if unable to wash hands, use hydroalcoholic gel of 70% or more strength
  • Air rooms regularly (at least three minutes, three times a day)
  • No more than 6 people together at one table
  • No more than 6 people together from different households – even in the street

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault 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.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 26 – 16th October 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 26 – 16th October 2020

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

  • Key points from President Macron’s speech of Wednesday October 14 2020
  • Curfews from 9pm-6am and other related measures from Saturday October 17 2020 in Montpellier, Toulouse and other Maximum Red Alert areas
  • Beziers medical establishments (Beziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) collaborating in contingency plans

Key points from President Macron’s speech of Wednesday October 14 2020

President Macron made a speech on Wednesday October 14 2020, pointing out very clearly that, unlike the first wave, Covid-19 is currently to be found across France, and hospital staff are already tired.

Slow down the virus

His priority was to slow down the spread of the virus in order to:

  • Protect those who are older and/or vulnerable
  • Protect the health service

As a nation of citizens, there is a shared responsibility to slow down the spread of Covid-19 for ourselves and for others.

The aim is to move from a current level of 20,000 new cases a day to 3,000.

The objective is to reduce contacts that increase the danger of viral spread, not to enter into another complete lockdown.

To achieve this, curfew and related measures in Maximum Red Alert areas were announced, and will be enforced from midnight on Saturday October 17 2020 (i.e. midnight of Friday/Saturday).

New app for track and trace from October 22 TOUS ANTI COVID

There will be a new app called TOUS ANTI COVID available from October 22.

There will be clear instructions as to when to use the app (i.e. whenever there is risk because of poor distancing/no mask etc).

Anyone testing positive – even if they have no symptoms – must isolate for seven days.

Government aid

The government is putting in place financial support for the poorest individuals and families, and for businesses hit hard by the measures being taken.

Curfews from 9pm-6am and other related measures from Saturday October 17 2020 (midnight Friday/Saturday) in Montpellier, Toulouse and other Maximum Red Alert areas  

Those areas to which 9pm-6am curfews and other related measures apply include Montpellier, Toulouse, Paris, Lille, Lyon, St Etienne, Grenoble, Marseille, and the Parisian region.

Details of the measures :

Curfews for six weeks

  • Restaurants, cinemas, etc will have to be closed by 9pm and, because people will need to be home by 9pm, it may be that closing times are set at 8.30pm.
  • People who work late/on shift will have authorisations to be out during curfew hours, as will anyone who needs to leave their house in response to an emergency.
  • Fines for breach of curfew will start at €135 and will rise to €1500.

Public transport will continue to run and there will be no ban on holidays or travel between regions, however, protective behaviours must be complied with.

Protective measures

  • Keep at distances of 1 metre or more apart
  • Wear masks if less than 1 metre apart, even with family
  • Meet outside wherever possible
  • Wash hands frequently, whenever changing location, and if unable to wash hands, use hydroalcoholic gel of 70% or more strength
  • Air rooms regularly (at least three minutes, three times a day)
  • No more than 6 people together at one table
  • No more than 6 people together from different households – even in the street

Mayors will be involved in ensuring compliance at local levels.

Béziers medical establishments (Béziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) collaborating in contingency plans

Béziers is not the worst hit area of the Hérault.  Nevertheless, Béziers medical establishments (Béziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) are collaborating in contingency plans. They will be sharing information daily on the numbers of Covid-19 patients, the number of A&E admissions, and will be ready to adapt as the pandemic evolves.

There will be collaboration among the “bed managers” concerning occupation of hospital beds and exchange of medical equipment. If there is a need to postpone non-emergency surgery, this will be done in close co-operation to provide made-to-measure solutions to the local population.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault 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.

Posted by steve in Covid-19
Covid-19 Bulletin no. 25 – 13th October 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 25 – 13th October 2020

Welcome to our twenty-fifth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about the maximum coronavirus alerts in Montpellier and Toulouse: new restriction measures are in place from Tuesday October 13th, 2020.

Maximum coronavirus alert in Montpellier and Toulouse: new restriction measures in place from Tuesday October 13, 2020

Maximum alert is triggered for places where any of the following apply:

  • the incidence rate of the virus is more than 250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of seven days
  • there is an incidence rate of 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants among the elderly over a period of seven days
  • intensive care units are 30% occupied by patients with Covid-19.

Measures now in force in the 31 municipalities of the Montpellier Metropolis, and seven other neighbouring communes (Teyran, Saint-Clément-de-Rivière, Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, Montarnaud, Palavas-les-Flots, Mauguio and Saint-Aunès):

In response to the worrying progression of various Covid-19 indices, the prefect of the Hérault, Jacques Witkowski, presented the following restrictions for Montpellier and its metropolis, as well as seven municipalities, (all now in the maximum alert zone):

Prohibited gatherings
In terms of the measures taken – initially for two weeks – gatherings of more than ten people on public roads or in public spaces, with the exception of those authorised, are now prohibited.  Drinking establishments, dance venues, casinos, gaming rooms, marquees, trade fairs and salons can no longer receive the public.

A strict protocol for restaurants
For seated catering, service is only at the table with a minimum distance of one metre between each chair and a limitation of six people per table.  Each restaurant must provide a ‘reminder booklet’ to contain names and telephone numbers so that customers can be contacted in the event of a health alert.

Shopping centres and department stores
Shopping centres and department stores must ensure capacity for 4 m2 per customer.

Additional measures in Toulouse and 16 nearby municipalities: Colomiers, Tournefeuille, Blagnac, Plaisance-du-Touch, Cugnaux, Balma, Castanet, Saint-Orens, Labège, Aucamville, Launaguet, L’Union, Portet, Ramonville, Auzeville and Quint-Fonsegrives:

Bars closed
All bars are required to close to the public.

Indoor sports
All indoor sports activities are prohibited.

Restaurants
Restaurants must ensure all sanitary protocol measures are taken by clients as well as staff. They must also note the contact details of their customers, collect bills at the table, and limit the number at each table to 6 people.

Dance venues, casinos, gaming rooms, party halls, multipurpose halls, marquees, exhibition venues and trade fairs
All are prohibited from welcoming the public.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault 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.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 24 – 13th September 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 24 – 13th September 2020

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

  • New measures outlined by the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on Friday, September 11
  • Further increase in Covid-19 cases nationally and in the Hérault and Aveyron

New measures outlined by the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on Friday September 11

On Friday, September 11, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, convened a defence council to discuss the increasing concerns about the Covid-19 epidemic.

Jean Castex, the Prime Minister, presented the main health measures taken by the government and called for everyone to maintain vigilance in the face of worrying increases of cases, hospitalisations, critical care patients, and deaths. He called in particular for older people “to observe the greatest caution on a daily basis, be careful, be very careful”.

The government measures outlined are:
Testing/Screening
Priorities for who should get a test and on what timescale are being revised. The priority will be for people who:

  • are symptomatic OR
  • have been traced as having contact with someone confirmed or likely to have Covid-19 OR
  • are a medical or care professional

There will still be the option for other people to be tested, however they will not have the same priority in terms of accessing a test or receiving their results.

This measure has been taken in order to reduce the waiting time for results for those in the listed categories. For them, certain time slots will be reserved and there will be dedicated screening tents.

Testing prior to medical procedures
The government priorities do not address the concern of those waiting for a Covid-19 test prior to a medical procedure and CSF-L will continue to collect what information we can on this matter. Feedback to date is that surgery is going ahead as long as a test has been taken, even if the result has not been received.

Tracing
2,000 people will be recruited from health insurance and regional health agencies to improve the tracing of contact cases.

Isolation/quarantine
The duration of isolation will be reduced to 7 days instead of 14 days. The Prime Minister called on everyone to respect the need for a full 7 days’ isolation from the point at which someone is aware of having Covid-like symptoms or from the time they are aware of being in contact with someone who has/is likely to have Covid-19. The checks to ensure that isolation is being respected were not outlined in detail.

Location
42 departments are now classified as red. This does not imply automatic consequences, but the Prefecture can initiate additional measures. This does include the Hérault.

Re-confinement ruled out
The Prime Minister confirmed that there would be no return to a general, countrywide confinement: “The measures will be adapted and graduated”. Olivier Véran, the Health Minister, will continue his regular updates to report on the statistics relating to the epidemic.

Increased cases of Covid-19 nationally and in the Hérault and Aveyron

National
The Prime Minister referenced the increasingly active viral circulation across France. The incidence rate increased from 57 to 72 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in one week and the positive test rate is also increasing.

9,406 new cases were recorded in 24 hours according to the latest data from Public Health France. 40 people have died in the past 24 hours in hospitals.

106 new clusters were identified in 24 hours, bringing the number in France to 715.

Occitanie
On Friday September 11, the number of daily cases in total in Occitanie had increased from 418 on Friday September 4 to an average daily level of 670, with the percentage of positive tests increasing to 4.7% from 3.9% in the same period. On Friday September 11, hospitalisations had increased by 16 to 217. Of these, 43 were in critical care (an increase of 4) and 7 more people had died in hospital.

Hérault and Aveyron
On Friday September 11, hospitalisations in the Hérault had gone up from 46 to 70 since Friday September 4, of which 19 were in the ICU (9 on September 4). There had been 3 more deaths.

In the Aveyron there is a worrying outbreak in an EPHAD (care home for the elderly), where 70 of 73 residents were confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault 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. 23 – 8 September 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 23 – 8 September 2020

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

  • Extended list of local town-based decrees requiring the wearing of a mask in public areas
  • Feedback about making appointments for Covid-19 tests prior to surgery
  • Clarification regarding the 10 person limit on gatherings in public areas
  • Further increase in Covid-19 cases nationally and in the Hérault 

Extended list of local town-based decrees requiring the wearing of a mask in public areas
There are now 45 towns in the Hérault which require the wearing of masks in public areas:

  • Agde
  • Baillargues
  • Balaruc-les-Bains
  • Balaruc-le-Vieux
  • Béziers
  • Bouzigues
  • Castelnau-le-Lez
  • Castries
  • Clapiers
  • Le Crès
  • Cournonsec
  • Cournonterral
  • Fabrègues
  • Frontignan
  • Grabels
  • La Grande-Motte
  • Jacou
  • Juvignac
  • Lattes
  • Lavérune
  • Lunel
  • Marseillan
  • Mauguio-Carnon
  • Mèze
  • Montferrier-sur-Lez
  • Montpellier
  • Murviel-les-Montpellier
  • Palavas-les-Flots
  • Pérols
  • Pézenas
  • Pignon
  • Portiragnes
  • Prades-le-Lez
  • Saint Georges d’Orques
  • Saint Jean de Védas
  • Saussan
  • Sérignan
  • Sète
  • Valras-Plage
  • Vendargues
  • Vendres
  • Vias
  • Vic-la-Gardiole
  • Villeneuve les Béziers
  • Villenueve-lès-Maguelone 

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

This list is subject to constant revision and cannot be guaranteed to take in daily updates.
 
Feedback about making appointments for Covid-19 tests prior to surgery
CSF-Languedoc has had feedback that for some, there has been difficulty in getting an appointment for a Covid 19 test prior to surgery. The test is a prerequisite to most surgery and is normally required to be taken within the 48 hours prior to admission. It can take longer than 48 hours to get your results.
 
Anyone due to have surgery is advised to book their appointment for any Covid-19 test required as soon as possible, and to alert the test centre to the reason and timescale for the test. It may be that you would benefit from support from your GP or Active Listener to do this.
 
We will continue to take note of any feedback we receive on this issue and will share any useful information.

Clarification regarding the 10 person limit on gatherings in public areas
The information we provided regarding a 10 person limit on gatherings in public areas raised a query about how this would apply in the context of places such as restaurants.
 
To clarify, a group of up to 10 people can be together. This means that at a restaurant for example, 10 people might be at one table, but other people could also – in their own groups of no more than 10 – be in the same restaurant.
 
This may be subject to review and change by the local or national government depending on levels of circulation of the virus and numbers hospitalised.
 
Increased cases of Covid-19 nationally and in the Hérault 
The Prime Minister announced on Thursday August 27, 2020, that the Hérault department has passed into ‘red’ for viral circulation. The rate for Hérault at that point was 84 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (the alert threshold is 50 per 100,000). This significant increase was initially amongst the younger population, but is now increasing in older people who are more vulnerable. Figures published September 5 for Hérault showed an increase of hospitalisations in one week from 35 to 49, with ICU cases up from 7 to 9, and one more death.

On Friday September 4, figures showed that the national situation continues to deteriorate. In addition to daily cases, 53 new clusters were identified in France and 46 more people were admitted to intensive care. This represents a doubling of the numbers from the previous few days. There are 473 people in intensive care, out of the 4671 patients hospitalised at the time of writing. Deaths are also increasing.
 
The positive test rate is now 4.5%, with a million tests per week now being undertaken. 
 
Occitanie has had 13 more hospitalisations since Tuesday September 1, as well as experiencing an increase of six patients admitted to intensive care. Three more deaths were recorded by health services in hospitals in the region in three days. Figures released on September 5 showed that the average number of daily diagnosed cases in Occitanie in the past week had risen to 418, up from 386 the week before.
 
The prefecture of the Hérault took extra protective measures by prefectural decree on August 27, 2020:

  • The practice of any dancing in establishments open to the public and public places, whether covered or not, is prohibited throughout the department until September 15. Bars and restaurants can continue to exercise their activity provided they do not contravene this measure. An exception is granted for the activities of dance education establishments.
  • Authorizations for demonstrations, events, gatherings on public roads or in a place open to the public with more than 10 people simultaneously present will be strictly limited in conjunction with the mayors of the municipalities concerned.
  • Opening of mobile pedestrian “drive-in test” screening stations. The first in Montpellier was installed on August 27, 2020, Esplanade Charles de Gaulle. It is accessible without appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 12 pm Others are being made available.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault 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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