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Corona: contact tracing prioritized according to RKI recommendation

The health department of the city of Bonn is currently investigating contact persons with the highest priority in Corona cases in hospitals, senior citizen facilities, schools and daycare centers. This is in line with the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute of November 29, 2021. Around 100 people are currently deployed for this purpose, supported by 20 soldiers from the German Armed Forces.

"According to the RKI, situations in which infection of several people may have occurred, especially transmission events involving people at increased risk of severe progression of the disease, or events in care facilities and hospitals, must be prioritized and investigated in more detail by the health department. The investigation of already confirmed or potential outbreak events have priority over individual cases," explains health department director Dr. Susanne Engels.

The current staffing situation is thus not comparable to the follow-up of contacts in the third wave. According to the guidelines in force at that time, all contact persons of positive cases had to be identified. For this reason, up to 170 people were deployed in the health department for follow-up during the third wave.

Vaccinate

Biontech vaccine is currently under quota. Moderna vaccine is available in sufficient quantities. Vaccination numbers at the Bonn Information Center during the second weekend of Advent were down slightly from the first weekend of Advent (197 and 249 vaccinations), with 195 and 183 vaccinations, respectively. According to the 10th vaccination decree of NRW dated December 3, 2021, the vaccine Moderna can now also be used to vaccinate persons under 30 years of age, provided that the persons to be vaccinated are informed and accept the risks.

The following are the dates of the next vaccination services offered by the city:

  • Immunization Center at the Municipal Building: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Bonn-Information, Windeckstraße 1: "Advent Vaccination" organized on the third weekend of Advent, December 11 and 12, from 12 to 4 p.m. each day.
  • Hardtberg City Hall, Villemombler Strasse 1: Wednesday, December 8, from 12 to 6 pm.
  • Municipality of Bad Godesberg: on Friday, December 10, 2021, the city organizes vaccinations from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Catholic Parish of St. Severin, Mainzer Straße 178, in Mehlem. On Saturday, December 11, 2021, vaccinations will be held in cooperation with the Bürgerstiftung Rheinviertel in the rectory of St. Andreas and St. Evergislus, Hardtstraße 14, in Plittersdorf from 10 am to 4 pm.

All information on the subject of Corona vaccination is available on the municipal website at  www.bonn.de/impfen.

Sport and culture

With the current Corona protection regulation, which came into effect on December 4, students aged 16 and 17 are treated the same as immunized persons for the purpose of engaging in their own sporting, musical or acting activities, and thus do not require proof of testing or a school certificate to engage in these activities. This provision is effective until the expiration of January 16, 2022.

For all persons 18 years of age and older, the 2G rule (immunized, recovered) applies to engaging in these activities. Individuals who have a doctor's note stating that they cannot be vaccinated against Corona for health reasons will need a current negative test. A rapid test must be no more than 24 hours old, and a PCR test no more than 48 hours old.

7-day incidence of 310.1

Over the past weekend, the corona incidence value for Bonn increased. It is on Monday, December 6, 2021, related to 100,000 inhabitants*in 310.1. Accordingly, 1025 new infections have been reported to the health department in the past seven days. There are currently a total of 1840 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases. 2046 people are in quarantine. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 285 people have died in Bonn in connection with the coronavirus.

Checks

Since the beginning of the Bonn Christmas Market, the City Order Service and employees of the city center guard GABI have carried out a total of 4,476 checks of the 2G rule (vaccinated, recovered) on the Christmas market grounds. The vast majority of Christmas market visitors observe the 2G rule. Only five people were unable to provide proof of 2G. Charges were filed and administrative offence proceedings were initiated, in each of which the corresponding fine of 250 euros was imposed.

In addition to the 2G rule, the city's public order service and the GABI security guard also pay attention to compliance with the mask requirement in the city center and at the Christmas market. A total of 7,896 people were urged during checks to properly wear the mask that they had forgotten or that did not completely cover their mouth and nose. Most of the persons complied with these requests. However, 29 charges had to be written because people refused to wear a mask even after being asked to do so. This will now also be punished by the fine office with 150 euros each. 

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