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    Courtesy Translation: State government extends Corona ordinance

    Translation: Hessen press release

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    Story by Nadine Bower 

    U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden   

    Press Release from the Hessen State Government from 03 NOV 2021
    Courtesy Translation: Nadine Bower, Public Affairs Specialist

    Protection Measures

    State government extends Corona ordinance

    Among other things, the testing obligation in old people's homes and nursing homes as well as in hospitals will be tightened.

    The Hessen state government has extended the existing coronavirus protection ordinance until Nov. 28 and adapted it in some areas. "The situation continues to be tense, the situation is serious: the number of new infections has been rising continuously for weeks, and the situation in Hessen hospitals and intensive care units is also increasingly tense. Once again, a joint effort is needed to ensure that our health system is not overloaded," emphasized Hessen Minister President Volker Bouffier. "We are therefore largely continuing the current rules and only implement minor adjustments. We will meet again in good time before the expiration of the ordinance to discuss the further course of action on the basis of the then applicable federal provisions."

    “Our focus is on the persons that need to be particularly protected, those who are treated in hospitals or cared for in old people's homes and nursing homes. Therefore, the test obligation will be tightened here. Especially in old people's and nursing homes, despite the well-used booster vaccinations, there are currently more and more infection events. In these facilities, starting on Nov. 8, 2021, unvaccinated or recovered staff will have to be tested daily for infections," the Minister President explained.

    The additional free test facilities for visitors to hospitals and nursing homes are new: "In the future, hospitals and nursing homes must enable visitors to be tested directly on site," says Bouffier. "In this way, we – like many other federal states – ensure safe visits." The costs for the tests are reimbursed to the facilities by the federal government.

    An adaptation of the new regulation concerns the 2G option model: In the future, people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, as well as unvaccinated children and adolescents under the age of 18 (previously under the age of 12), will also be able to participate in 2G events or enter facilities with 2G regulation. The requirement is a current negative corona test, for example the test booklet for students. The regular series tests in the schools have proven to be efficient in the early detection of corona infections. In dance halls, clubs and discotheques, stricter requirements continue to apply.

    Regulations for events will be simplified

    The rules for events will also be significantly simplified and standardized: For events with up to 5,000 participants, a distance and hygiene concept is sufficient; only for larger events with more than 5,000 participants must the event be approved in advance by the responsible health authority. In addition, the regulation clarifies that the same rules apply for festive parades such as carnival parades as apply to Christmas markets.

    In schools, the quarantine regulations are also being adapted due to the extensive testing and the low level of infection. In the event of a corona case in a school class, from now on only the child who has tested positive will have to be quarantined immediately. So far, the quarantine obligation had also applied to close contacts (such as seat neighbors) as well. In order to prevent the spread of the virus in the classroom, classmates must wear their mask in the classroom for 14 days after a confirmed corona case – as is currently the case during the prevention weeks. The entire class has to get tested daily. This makes everyday school life a little easier for children and parents. This also means organizational relief for schools.

    Bouffier also emphasized the importance of vaccinations in the coming weeks in view of the increasing incidences: "The vast majority of people in intensive care units are not vaccinated, which repeatedly shows the benefits and high protection of vaccination. There are numerous easily accessible vaccination offers in Hessen: also for the booster vaccination," underlined the Minister President. The “Stiko” currently recommends these for the elderly, also regardless of age for residents in old people's and nursing homes and also for nursing and medical staff, if the last vaccination of all these people was half a year ago. The same applies to people who have received the Johnson and Johnson one-time vaccination. "Right now, we need to act prudently and do everything we can to ensure that our health care system does not get overloaded. I therefore appeal: Take advantage of the vaccination offers and adhere to the well-known hygiene rules. Only in this way can we master the coming months together and hopefully leave the pandemic behind us in the spring."

    The changes will go into effect this weekend.




    Date Taken: 11.04.2021
    Date Posted: 11.04.2021 09:11
    Story ID: 408665
    Location: WIESBADEN, HE, DE 

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