708 people are in quarantine. A total of 42 people from Bonn, the surrounding area and abroad are currently being treated in Bonn hospitals, 15 of them with intensive care. On Tuesday, April 1, 2020, 93 samples were taken at the diagnostic center, and another 142 tests were carried out by mobile teams.
In view of the announced spring temperatures and the approaching cherry blossom in the old town, Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan again appealed to the citizens to stay at home: "Please continue to avoid contact with other people. He himself had the impression that the people of Bonn observe the ban on contact and that therefore "the city is as good as empty".
In the afternoon, the public health department of the city of Bonn was informed that a man from Bonn, born in 1935, had died in a hospital in the Rhein-Sieg district as a result of coronavirus infection. He had severe pre-existing conditions.
The situation in old people's homes
In the case of the positively tested resident from the Josefshöhe senior citizens' home, who is in hospital due to another illness, the staff and local residents were removed on Tuesday, April 1, 2020. The employees who were not on duty were given a smear test appointment at the diagnostic centre. Two employees and one resident had been swabbed in advance by their respective general practitioners because they had symptoms. All three tested positive, but had no contact with the resident who tested positive. The resident who tested positive has been in the home for several months with a severe pre-existing illness and is registered in the Rhein-Sieg district. He passed away in the night to Thursday, April 2, 2020.
No further positive findings are available for the confirmed coronavirus case of a nurse of the Haus Rosental senior citizens' centre living in Bonn and for an infected nurse of the DRK-Haus Steinbach living in Cologne. The health authorities have identified the direct contact persons at both senior citizens' facilities and have carried out smear tests on all of them; other staff and residents have also been offered this service. Further test results were negative, so no further infections have been detected so far, neither in the staff nor among the residents. Some test results are still pending.
In the Protestant Care Centre for the Elderly Ernst-Stoltenhoff-Haus, an employee in the kitchen has become infected with the corona virus. According to the health department, she had no contact with the residents. All kitchen staff and all employees in the administration are now being tested.
More than 100 volunteers offer support
Mayor Ashok Sridharan is pleased that his call to retired doctors to work in the health department has not only been answered by doctors. "So far, more than 100 people have come forward to offer their help. I would like to thank them all very much for their willingness to support us," emphasises the Lord Mayor. In addition to physicians, there are dentists, students of medicine, dentistry and other courses of study, nursing staff and people with other qualifications.
The first 17 people have already been trained, including four doctors who are already working in case investigation teams, the quarantine team and the back office (general hotline). Since then, the familiarisation process has continued continuously. The city administration itself has been actively supporting the Health Office since the beginning of March with colleagues from other offices.
One of the volunteers is doctor Christiane Bless-Paar. She works in one of the investigation teams and helps to follow up positively tested cases and their contact persons. At the Mayor's press conference, she praised the "very good induction". She said that the staff of the health department were always available to answer questions.
In recent weeks, the city has published a series of general decrees based on decrees or directives issued by the state of NRW. The state has now repealed almost all of these decrees with effect from 1 April because their decrees - and thus also the city's general decrees - are all covered by the ordinance. The general ordinances, which are also based on a statutory ordinance, remain valid with regard to the access regulations for schools, day care centres, etc. and for determining the personnel of critical infrastructures.
The Lord Mayor pointed out that against this background there would be no hotel closures in Bonn. The hotels will remain open, but tourist overnight stays are prohibited.
The city of Bonn will also repeal its general decrees today or tomorrow by publication in the Official Gazette.
Postponement of the Hofgarten concerts
The organizers of the Beethoven Anniversary Open Air Concerts in the Hofgarten have announced that the performances planned for May will be postponed until the end of August. Kraftwerk will be moved from May 16 to August 29, 2020, beginning at 9 p.m., Die Fantastischen Vier from May 17 to August 30, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m., and Robbie Williams from May 18 to August 31, 2020, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for the alternate dates or can be returned and refunded at the advance booking offices where they were purchased until 31 May 2020.
The Beethoven-Jubiläums-GmbH has cancelled the Klassik Open Air Bonn-Vienna on May 15, 2020 The Beethoven Orchestra and the WDR will check with the Beethoven Orchestra and the WDR whether and when the event can be made up for with a new concept.
Translated with deepl.com