According to Santé Publique France, viral circulation is intensifying exponentially in Hauts-de-France with a regional incidence rate (IR) which has almost tripled over the last 7 days. Like the national trend, the TI in Hauts-de-France is thus estimated over the period from December 25 to 31 at 1,194 cases/100,000 inhabitants, against 474 over the period from 18 to 24/12. The positivity rate is also increasing very sharply at the regional level, with more than one in three people symptomatic and tested who are found to be positive for Covid-19. This unprecedented intensification of viral circulation affects all departments, with in particular IT which stands at 1547 in the Oise and 1340 in the North. At the intermunicipal level, several areas have TIs above 1500, or even 2000, particularly in the south of the region, bordering 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 both in 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.
Only 6 weeks left to receive your booster dose and preserve your health pass
As the Minister of Health indicated this Sunday, from February 15, it will be necessary to have taken 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 aged 18 and over who received their second dose before mid-October and who have not taken their booster dose within 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 vaccination centers as well as in town with the very many health professionals mobilized – doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives. Appointments can be booked from the sante.fr website or directly from operators such as Doctolib, Keldoc, Maiia, etc. The sante.fr reference site identifies the vaccination centers that offer walk-in slots. In the event that liberal professionals are not referenced 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 above 90% in the vast majority of territories) and conventional hospitalization (+130 patients in one week), the director general of the ARS yesterday asked public and private health establishments to increase their critical care reception capacities to 650 beds this week. To date, 614 beds are open, for 559 patients treated, including 243 for Covid. In view of the dazzling growth in incidence rates and in order to anticipate any risk of saturation of hospital services, a further increase in capacity could become 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 deprogrammings are decided by the medical teams of public and private health establishments which, at the request of the ARS, have organized themselves at the territorial level in order to coordinate the adaptation of care and the increase in resuscitation capacity. Regional management and monitoring of the situation are provided by the Regional Health Agency alongside the territorial actors.
In addition to hospital pressure, the current rate of circulation of the virus is impacting the health system as a whole, with city health professionals showing a very strong increase in their screening activity, particularly in pharmacies and laboratories; and consultation for Covid in medical practices.