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City hopes for faster pace on Corona vaccinations

The City of Bonn supports the extension of the Corona Lockdown and the tightening of contact restrictions until January 31, 2021, as expected by the federal and state governments.

The meanwhile clearly positive development in the Covid 19 infection figures in Bonn must not be jeopardized by too fast relaxations. "For a few days, unfortunately, things have been going up again in Bonn as well, albeit in very small steps. The incidence value is not yet meaningful," said Mayor Katja Dörner at a press briefing on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Only in a few days, she said, will it be possible to see whether the trend reversal has been achieved or whether the relaxed holiday rules have resulted in more infections again after all.

In December, the city had initiated or extended additional protective measures via a general order due to the incidence value of over 200 at the time. These will apply until January 31. These include the obligation to wear masks in pedestrian zones and main shopping streets, as well as the regulation on automatic quarantine for people who learn that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

Appeal of the Mayor

Public life will remain shut down, and as of January 11, people from one household will be allowed to meet with no more than one other person from a second household. "I appeal to all Bonners to keep contacts to an absolute minimum. It remains the goal of all of us to significantly reduce the number of infections," says Mayor Katja Dörner. "This can only be achieved if we continue to take a step back and limit ourselves. Because then there is hope that in the coming months - also through the Corona vaccinations and thus increasing immunization - we can gradually return to a life that we perceive as normal."

Schools and day care centers

The NRW state government has decided that there will be distance learning at all schools and school types from next week until at least January 31. For children in grades one through six (beyond grade six at special schools), there will be a childcare program based on the needs of parents. "This step was overdue in my view. As far as implementation is concerned, there are still many unanswered questions," says Mayor Katja Dörner.

The daycare centers are operating on a restricted basis: the children are cared for in fixed groups, and the respective agreed care time can be reduced by 10 hours per week. Both childcare staff and teachers can be tested for the coronavirus up to six times free of charge until Easter.

"I would have liked to see a clear regulation for the kindergartens as well, combined with emergency care that is geared to the needs of the parents. It must also be ensured that we now have a clear regulation for the reimbursement of parental contributions with the participation of the state," clarifys Mayor Katja Dörner.

She thinks it's problematic that parents have to decide whether to put their children in the facilities. "A clear regulation would be helpful here, also with a view to employers. We will have to wait and see whether the appeals are sufficient. In view of the directive of the state government, I, too, am left today with only a renewed appeal to parents to care for their children at home, if possible. And I repeat my request to employers in Bonn to give parents the greatest possible flexibility. We as the city administration are certainly doing this."

According to Carolin Krause, head of the department for youth, family, school and social affairs, the city of Bonn will apply the state's regulations for daycare centers to daycare providers as well. According to Krause, it will initially be difficult for schools and daycare providers to organize care, as it is currently not clear how many children will need to be cared for. 

Vaccinations

The city of Bonn would like to see a faster pace in vaccinations against the Corona virus in senior citizen facilities. Here, the state and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians have a duty to ensure that the process runs smoothly and is implemented quickly. "However, I also understand that the structures of the state government, which after all organizes vaccination together with the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, first have to settle in in view of this gigantic task," explains the mayor. The city supports the hospitals' desire to have their staff in the intensive care units vaccinated now and thus to be included in the vaccination process in the short term.

According to information from the city, a total of 525 people have been vaccinated in five senior care facilities as of Jan. 2. "Residual vaccine doses available at short notice are used, among other things, for the vaccination of rescue service personnel. So far, this has been done in six cases," reported Jochen Stein, director of fire and rescue services. The next vaccinations are scheduled for January 8 and 9. In the coming days, it will also be the turn of the municipal retirement homes.

By the third calendar week at the latest, there will be a letter from the state and city to all people over 80 in Bonn informing them about the vaccination and its process. The vaccination center at the World Conference Center Bonn is expected to begin operations in early February.

Current figures

As of Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Corona incidence value for Bonn is 132.73 based on 100,000 inhabitants. In the past seven days, 438 new infections have been reported.

The Bonn City Health Department has recorded a total of 7424 confirmed Covid-19 infections since February 28, 2020. Of these, 6806 people have recovered, 529 acutely infected and 89 people associated with Corona virus. The 88th and 89th deaths involve two senior citizens, born in 1929 and 1932; it is not known to the city if there were any prior illnesses. 977 Bonn residents are currently in quarantine.

As of Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Bonn hospitals currently have 178 people from Bonn and the surrounding area who have contracted Covid-19. 133 patients are being cared for in normal wards, 45 people are in intensive care units, 32 of whom require ventilation.

Controls in the past weeks

For the period December 16, 2020, to January 6, 2021, the city's Public Order Service was on a total of 740 calls under the health protection theme. 313 notices for violations of the Corona Protection Ordinance were written, the majority for violating the gathering of persons, 82 notices for violating the mask requirement and twelve notices for violating the quarantine requirements.

Since there are repeated complaints about sports field use, the city of Bonn reminds that all sports facilities are closed, including individual sports.

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