One out of every four Manchois caught Covid-19 in 2 years

In the last two years, many resources have been mobilized for screening and vaccination.
In the last two years, many resources have been mobilized for screening and vaccination. (©Jean-Paul BARBERİ)

2 years ago ok, coronavirus appeared in the section overcome. most March 4, 2020a primary school student SartillyHer father and a Quettetot resident all tested positive for the virus after participating in the study. A meeting of the Evangelical Church in Mulhouse.

The story of a week in which our daily lives changed (from top to bottom and from left to right): First cases announced on the Channel on March 4, 2020;  Announcement that schools will be closed on March 13;  closing of bars and restaurants on 15 March;  and “France at war” on March 17.
The story of a week in which our daily lives changed (from top to bottom and from left to right): First cases announced on the Channel on March 4, 2020; Announcement that schools will be closed on March 13; closing of bars and restaurants on 15 March; and “France at war” on March 17. (©La Presse de la Manche)

118,059 cases in Kanal in 2 years

In 2022, we are still not talking about this virus in the past tense. Last figures transmitted byNormandy Regional Health Agency report 786 new contaminations per 100,000 people in seven days. 301 people He is hospitalized in Manche, 11 of whom are in intensive care. Within a week, 3858 people tested positive.

More than 900,000 positive cases have been diagnosed in Normandy since 13 May 2020. 118,059 cases in the English Channel. This almost representsone in four. It’s a number that should qualify, because some people can contract the virus twice and others are asymptomatic so they aren’t necessarily screened.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 523 people died In hospitals in La Manche.

35 Covid patients in Cherbourg

At the Cherbourg hospital, 35 people affected by Covid-19 are still being treated at the hospital. Finally, at the beginning of 2022, the situation was at its most tense.

“These last few weeks have been very difficult, especially January, with many more patients and deaths,” says Séverine Karrer, director of the Cotentin public hospital centre. It affected very old people. »

Finally, we experienced periods of inverse proportion between March 2020 and 2022. The first wave was extremely distressing, but less stimulating, and the incidence rate remained low in the department. With time and knowledge about the virus, concerns have subsided, but at this point we have received a lot of requests as we continue our usual maintenance offer.

Severine KarrerCHPC Director
La Manche has been tangibly affected by the latest wave of Covid.
La Manche has been tangibly affected by the latest wave of Covid. (©French Public Health)

The hospital has been mobilized in the last few months, but also doctors, nurses, pharmacists, analysis labs… and many other healthcare professionals. Cooperation already existed, “but the crisis had an accelerating effect,” admits Séverine Karrer.

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I am proud of the hospital and its ability to take action over the past two years.

“To live together”

This Thursday, March 3, 2022, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced new lifting of restrictions for March 14. From this date on, there will be no need for a vaccination card to go to cinemas, bars, restaurants and stadiums. From mid-March, wearing a mask will no longer be mandatory where it is still required. Only public transport would be an exception. One more step towards the “previous life”.

In the services of Pasteur hospital, the teams also integrated the pandemic into their daily lives. “We have established services dedicated to Covid, this is no longer the case. Patients are now admitted to various departments with special protective measures. The activity is spread throughout the organization. »

The evolution of hospitalizations in Manche over 2 years.
The evolution of hospitalizations in Manche over 2 years. (©French Public Health)

Getting out of the crisis

If the health crisis has made it possible to highlight the mobilization and adaptation capacities for the care of the sick, as well as for the mass vaccination of the population, there are some challenges to be met. Indeed, large numbers of medical personnel have left the hospital and institutions are struggling to recruit.

Séverine Karrer concludes, “The crisis highlighted our difficulties that were real before. This is what will be the challenge for us after this crisis: we have to work on the working conditions of agents. Ségur has made improvements, but there is still much to be done…”

As of February 20, 2022, 93.9% of Normans over the age of 12 were fully vaccinated.
As of February 20, 2022, 93.9% of Normans over the age of 12 were fully vaccinated. (©French Public Health)

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