According to Santé Publique France, viral circulation is intensifying exponentially in Hauts-de-France with a regional incidence rate (TI) which has almost tripled over the last 7 days. Following the example of the national trend, the TI in Hauts-de-France is thus estimated over the period from 25 to 31 December at 1194 cases / 100,000 inhabitants, against 474 over the period from 18 to 24/12. The positivity rate is also increasing very strongly at the regional level, with more than one in three symptomatic and tested people who are positive for Covid-19. This unprecedented intensification of viral circulation affects all the departments, with in particular the TI which stands at 1547 in the Oise and 1340 in the North. At the inter-municipal level, several territories have an IT value greater than 1500, or even 2000, in particular in the south of the region, bordering the Ile-de-France.
The Hauts-de-France regional health agency recalls the imperative need to remain very vigilant, by rigorously applying health measures – in particular isolation measures – and barrier gestures in both the private and professional spheres. The ARS also calls on the inhabitants of the region to continue to receive their booster dose or to embark on a vaccination course very quickly.
6 weeks left to receive your booster dose and maintain your health history
As the Minister of Health indicated on Sunday, from February 15 it will be necessary to have performed the booster dose four months – and no longer seven months – after the second dose to benefit from a complete vaccination schedule and therefore from the sanitary pass. In other words, people 18 years of age and over who received their second dose before mid-November and who will not have their booster dose in the next 6 weeks will lose the benefit of their health pass.
As a reminder, access to the booster dose has been open to all people aged 18 and over since the end of November. To date, more than 2.2 million people in the region have already received their booster dose and 1.2 million people are eligible to receive it during the month of January.
As a reminder, vaccination is possible in the vaccination center as well as in town with a large number of mobilized health professionals – doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives. Appointments can be booked from the sante.fr site or directly from that of operators such as Doctolib, Keldoc, Maiia, etc. The reference site sante.fr identifies vaccination centers that offer walk-in time slots. In the event that liberal professionals are not listed on online appointment booking sites, patients are invited to contact their usual professional directly.
An increase in hospital reception capacity to cope with epidemic pressure
Faced with the regional epidemic situation accentuating the pressure on intensive care beds (occupancy rate greater than 90% in the vast majority of territories) and conventional hospitalization (+130 patients in one week), the director general of ARS yesterday asked public and private health establishments to increase their critical care capacity to 650 beds this week. To date, 614 beds are open, for 559 patients treated, including 243 for Covid. In view of the rapid growth in incidence rates and in order to anticipate any risk of saturation of hospital services, a further increase in capacity could be made necessary in the short term.
As a reminder, the increase in critical care management capacities is made possible thanks to the deprogramming of interventions, thus freeing up equipment and making it possible to reassign personnel trained in resuscitation. These deprogramming are decided by the medical teams of public and private health establishments which, at the request of the ARS, are organized at the level of the territories in order to coordinate the adaptation of the care and the increase of reception capacities in intensive care. Regional management and monitoring of the situation are provided by the Regional Health Agency alongside local stakeholders.
In addition to hospital pressure, the current speed of circulation of the virus has an impact on the health system as a whole, city health professionals witnessing a very strong increase in their screening activity, particularly in pharmacies and laboratories; and consultation for Covid in medical offices.