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