Covid-19 Bulletin no. 28 – October 24th 2020

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

  • Curfew measures across the whole of the Hérault from Saturday October 24th 2020 (and 53 other departments, including Aveyron and Gard)
  • Quick Covid-19 test trialling in the Hérault

Curfew measures across the whole of the Hérault from Saturday October 24th 2020 (and 53 other departments, including Aveyron and Gard)

These curfew measures apply across the Hérault, and the 53 other departments announced by Prime Minister Castex on Thursday October 22nd 2020.

The second wave is here” and “the situation is grave“, Castex said.

Map of Departments in France subject to Curfew Measures

The new measures are due to come into effect at midnight on Friday/Saturday (October 23rd/24th) and will remain in place for six weeks.

Curfew hours
Curfew applies between 9pm and 6am, when people are expected to be within the boundaries of their own home.

Permits/Attestations relating to curfew hours
Residents need to download a certificate (attestation) for activities permitted after hours – such as travel to or from work, for medical attention, to visit a dependent relative or to walk a dog.

Those who do not comply risk a fine of €135. Repeat offenders could face fines of up to €3,750. Some 12,000 police officers and gendarmes, in addition to municipal police teams, are being deployed to enforce the initial curfews.

Other measures
All other measures outlined in previous bulletins remain in force, including gatherings of no more than 6 people, wearing of masks in all built up areas (including villages), etc.

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

Quick Covid-19 test trialling in the Hérault

The Occitanie Health Authority has been trying out 400,000 tests, which detect specific proteins (antigens).

The nasal swab procedure is the same as for the existing tests already available in the region, with the advantage that the results are available in less than 30 minutes.

At the moment priority for this new test is being given to people without symptoms as a preventative measure – outside existing clusters, confirmed cases or contact cases.
Ongoing trials include:

  1. Preventative testing of residents and staff of 60 care homes currently virus-free;
  2. Testing in 30 Accident and Emergency hospital departments to speed up the care of patients about to undergo surgery or emergency hospital admission;
  3. Preventative testing for specific groups – students in several universities in the region or members of the public in a vulnerable situation.

The old PCR tests will remain the standard test for Occitanie and the new tests are an added extra. The new tests could soon be available in other urgent cases for people (under age 65) already presenting symptoms during the first 4 days of infection and where the results of old tests cannot be supplied within 48 hours. The new tests can be carried out by doctors, pharmacists and nurses.

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.