According to Public health France, 4,390 cases were confirmed in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region during the week of September 11 to 17, an increase of 8% compared to the previous week (4,057). Note that 2,847 cases were recorded during the week of August 28 to September 3.
In Puy-de-Dôme, 303 cases have been confirmed. There are 151 in Allier, 56 in Cantal, 97 in Haute-Loire.
The Rhône in the lead
The rate of people testing positive is higher in Rhône (70/100,000 inhabitants), Isère (61/100,000 inhabitants) and Loire (59/100,000 inhabitants). The rates in the other departments are between 39, in Savoie, and 47/100,000 inhabitants in Haute-Savoie. However, “these rates must be interpreted with caution since they only take into account laboratory-confirmed cases and the use of tests varies over time and space.”
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During this same period, 449 visits to the emergency room (all ages) for suspected Covid-19 were reported in the region compared to 433 visits recorded during the previous week. 135 hospitalizations after going to the emergency room were recorded.
The circulation of Covid-19 affects all age groups but the highest detection rates still concern those over 75, “the population most likely to develop serious forms of the disease”.
The main symptoms, combined or isolated, of Covid-19 are the same as those of acute respiratory infections: fever or feeling of fever, chills, sweats; respiratory signs: cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, feeling of tightness in the chest, cold; headaches, aches, unusual fatigue; diarrhea.
Regarding Covid, the sudden loss of smell (without nasal obstruction) and/or the total disappearance of taste are also suggestive signs.
For elderly people, those close to them may notice a sudden change in general condition, the appearance or worsening of mental abilities, a state of confusion, repeated falls, a rapid worsening of an already known illness.
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In the event of suggestive signs or contact with a person who shows signs, it is important to adopt the following barrier gestures and individual prevention measures: wear a surgical mask in the presence of other people; encourage teleworking wherever possible; ventilate or ventilate the premises; carry out hand hygiene very regularly, with water/soap or hydro-alcoholic friction.
People aged over 65 or with risk factors, their entourage and professionals in the health and medico-social sectors will be able to receive a dose of vaccine against Covid 19 with vaccines adapted to the majority circulating variant (Omicron XBB) from October 2. The flu vaccination campaign will begin on October 17.
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