The circulation of the virus is now very active in the Lot department where the incidence rate of the epidemic in ten days has dropped from 13.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, to 63.5. ARS Occitanie therefore warns in its latest newsletter of “an exceptional acceleration” of the Covid in the region, where the Delta variant is now the majority.
Last week in the Lot, almost 75% of the 111 positively detected cases fell under this variant.
The Lot in the front
While in the previous waves of the epidemic the Lot was among the last hit departments, it is now on the front line. In question, the major movement of population due to tourism, which since the end of June started again with a vengeance.
So far, however, only three people have been admitted to the hospital in connection with the Covid in the ward, and no intensive care unit has been occupied. “We are in the process of conducting a major vaccination operation in the department to counter the outbreak of the epidemic,” assured Julie Singer, head of ARS in the Lot. “We have opened new niches in vaccination centers, and screening operations with the ability to vaccinate are performed when a cluster is suspected,” she continues. Thus, 7,140 injections were performed in one week, including 2,739 initial injections. More than half of Lotois, 53.6%, have been fully vaccinated so far: “Vaccination protects because the vast majority of positive cases that develop a serious form are unvaccinated people,” Julie Singer assures.
In an attempt to limit the circulation of the virus, the health card is now required to access free time places with more than 50 people, but in the coming days additional measures can be taken if the situation does not improve.
Screening day in Figeac
Last week, thanks to ephemeral screening operations performed in the department, more than 3,635 tests were performed. After Cahors and Saint-Céré at the beginning of the week, it is today in Figeac that a day of testing is organized, at the request of the ARS. From 10:00 to 16:00, all those who wish to do so will be invited to go to the Mitterrand space to test for free and without an appointment. Beforehand, all you have to do is download the information sheet from the website of the Sylab laboratory that organizes the operation.