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In New Aquitaine, statistics from the Regional Health Agency for the start of 2022 show a high circulation of the virus. But the number of patients in intensive care would remain “under control” according to experts, given the number of cases.

The level of virus circulation, and in particular of the Omicron(1) variant, is currently very high in New Aquitaine (incidence rate > 2,000/100,000 inhabitants).

However, according to the Regional Health Agency: “although a significant number of people are currently hospitalized, the number of patients in intensive care remains under control this stage given the explosion in the number of cases”.

This would be explained by two reasons :

> International data show that the Omicron variant is more contagious, but causes fewer severe forms than the previous variants;

> The vaccine campaign “has also made it possible to reduce the serious forms. The booster in the over 65s is thus effective enough to reduce hospitalizations by 94%, knowing that the 1re dose of vaccine has an efficiency of 50%”, specify the experts of the ARS.

Add to that respect for barrier gestures (wearing a mask, social distancing, ventilation of living spaces, hand hygiene, etc.), and according to the ARS, we would have found “the recipe” to limit the impact at this stage. of this 5e wave on our hospital system.

Undoubtedly, the impact of the generalization of three days of teleworking in companies should not be overlooked, which also seems to have made it possible to limit the risks of contamination in the workplace, “especially during lunch breaks”, specify the specialists.

An ever more intense circulation of the virus

From January 3 to 9 (week 1), more than 125,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the region, an unmatched number since the start of the epidemic.

The incidence and positivity rates are very high: the incidence rate is now above 2,000 per 100,000 inhabitants and the positivity rate is still rising (18.5%). Of those who tested positive, 52% were symptomatic.

The intensification of viral circulation concerns all age groups even if the highest incidence rates concern 10-50 year olds (> 2,000/100,000 inhabitants).

New hospitalizations continue to rise in New Aquitaine (650 hospitalizations against 513 week 52), their level is close to that observed in January 2021 but the incidence rates are higher.

The number of new hospital deaths is on the rise again with 84 people dying of Covid-19 in hospital (compared to 73 in week 52). More than half were over 80 years old.

(1) 90.5% of tests screened in New Aquitaine show suspicion of Omicron mutations (in week 1)

The statistics for this beginning of January in the region.

©document ARS Nouvelle-Aquitaine

The validation of the health pass goes through the booster dose

On February 15, 2022, to maintain the validity of his health history, he must have received his booster dose, 4 months after his 2e injection.

The time slots for scheduling your call-back meeting, particularly as the school holidays approach, which will begin in New Aquitaine on February 12, are partly already accessible.

In addition, the vaccination offer is dense in New Aquitaine. A large number of vaccination slots are available in vaccination centres, pharmacies or from your private health professionals. In Vienne at the moment, there are appointments of the day for the next day.

In the region, 732,000 vaccination slots were opened for 12 year olds and over and 37,900 vaccination slots for 5-11 year olds (pediatric vaccination) in vaccination centres.

All the vaccination points available in the region are listed on the website www.sante.fr

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