"Although a positive case at a school leads to a large number of close contacts, the past weeks since the start of school have shown that hardly any other children and adolescents are infected at schools. Most infections occur in the home environment. Due to the prevalence of the delta variant, almost all household members are infected," explains Bonn's head of the public health department, Dr. Susanne Engels.
"I welcome the announced quarantine relief in schools and daycare facilities. Children and adolescents were and are particularly affected by the consequences of the Corona pandemic. This makes it all the more important to ensure as much classroom instruction as possible and to maintain regular operations in daycare centers," emphasizes Carolin Krause, Head of Department for Schools, Social Affairs and Youth.
According to the state, with the changes, future quarantine decisions in schools and child care will focus on the domestic segregation of only individual infected children. Current strict general hygiene measures, such as regular airing, testing and wearing of medical masks, must continue to be followed. Among other things, the state has announced the following quarantine relief measures:
If a single child becomes infected within a class, course, daycare center or daycare facility, that child will be placed in a 14-day quarantine. The remaining children usually do not need to be quarantined.
For control purposes, if a case occurs in schools with antigen testing, the number of weekly rule tests is increased. In child day care services, mandatory self-testing is introduced in addition to regular voluntary self-testing after the occurrence of a case of infection.
Only if, for example, several children are infected and therefore a recognizably larger outbreak can be assumed, shall health departments issue orders for quarantine beyond the individual child. However, these contacts in quarantine may return to school, daycare or childcare facilities early if a PCR test conducted after the fifth day of quarantine shows a negative result.
Children and adolescents who are still in quarantine when the new regulations go into effect may also be cleared with a negative PCR test after the fifth day of quarantine.
The City of Bonn will await the specific decrees and amending regulations from the state and then implement them.
The current figures
After the 7-day incidence had been just below 140 around August 25, it has dropped almost continuously in the meantime. As of Wednesday, September 8, 2021, it stands at 102.5. A total of 339 new Corona infections have been reported to the health department in the past seven days. Currently, there are 591 acute Covid 19 cases. Currently, there are outbreaks with five positive cases at a senior facility and with three positive cases at a school related to a class trip. 1130 people are currently in quarantine.
Meanwhile, hospital utilization has continued to increase. Currently, 67 people from Bonn and the surrounding area who have contracted Covid-19 are in Bonn hospitals. 36 people are being cared for in normal wards, 31 are in intensive care units, and 20 of them have to be ventilated.
The next mobile vaccination campaigns
On Thursday, September 9, 2021, the vaccination bus will make a stop at Münsterplatz from 12 to 6 pm. On Saturday, September 11, 2021, it will be at Sportpark Pennenfeld, Mallwitzstraße, in Bad Godesberg from 3 to 7 pm. The second vaccination bus will be on site on the same day, September 11, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Kulturgarten at Römerbad. Further inoculation actions will follow.
As of Monday afternoon, September 6, 253,813 first and 240,172 second vaccinations have been given in Bonn so far. In the meantime, 251 third vaccinations have also been carried out in senior citizen facilities by doctors in private practice and during mobile vaccination in the vaccination bus of the city of Bonn. Vaccinations in vocational schools have also begun.
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