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Corona vaccination center should be located in the WorldCCBonn

The City of Bonn has begun preparations for a corona vaccination center.

As Mayor Katja Dörner and City Director Wolfgang Fuchs announced on Thursday, November 26, 2020, it will be set up in the World Conference Center Bonn (United Nations Square). This location in the Bundesviertel is centrally located and easily accessible by public transport.

At this point in time, the city administration assumes that there will be at least one vaccination center in Bonn, in accordance with the specifications of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is providing the financing. The establishment and operation will probably be the responsibility of the city of Bonn, and the doctors who will be in charge of the technical supervision will be provided by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung), as will other medical personnel. "The start of the vaccinations is still uncertain. This depends, among other things, on the amount of vaccine available. At present, we are expecting January 2021," emphasizes the Lord Mayor. The aim of the city of Bonn is to be ready for operation with the vaccination center from mid-December. 

Logistical challenges

The vaccination center will be the responsibility and jurisdiction of the public health department. The fire department will provide support by taking over the planning, installation and operation of the vaccination center. The short-term realization presents the health authority and fire department with logistical challenges. For example, neither the availability of vaccines and vaccination quantities in terms of time nor quantity is clear at present, the coordination of scheduling, planning and implementation of vaccinations must be regulated, and suitable and reliable personnel must be found in sufficient numbers. "There are still a number of open points that will influence our planning process," says Bonn's fire chief Jochen Stein. What is important in any case is to be as flexible as possible so that we can react to new challenges at any time. 

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Further measures

The extension of the partial lockdown and the more far-reaching measures on which the federal and state governments agreed on Wednesday, November 26, 2020, must now be implemented by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia via a new corona protection ordinance.

New Year's Eve

There will be no general banning of firecrackers after the meeting of the federal and state governments. The city administration is examining where in Bonn bans on firecrackers will be imposed. It will announce this in the next few days. The Lord Mayor appeals to the citizens to hold back: "Our goal must be not to place an additional burden on the hospitals and emergency services. 

Drive-In-Testzentrum wird zum 31. Dezember geschlossen

Meanwhile, the drive-in test center on Petra-Kelly-Allee on the Rheinaue, which was set up in the summer of this year due to increasing numbers of cases, will be closed on December 31, 2020, according to a decision by the municipal crisis management team. Since significantly more test capacities have been created in the past few months at the established medical practices, the Drive-In is currently no longer needed. Should this situation change in the future, it can be put back into operation at short notice. 

Dressing tests will continue to be carried out at the diagnostic center in Bad Godesberg. There, potentially coronavirus-infected patients will be examined daily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will have a corresponding allocation. The allocation of the persons is carried out exclusively by the physicians in private practice, the rescue service or hospitals via the public health department after prior appointment by telephone.

Company vacations of the city administration

On Wednesday evening, after consultations with the federal states, Chancellor Angela Merkel made a recommendation to make company vacations possible "between the years" in order to further minimize contact. In agreement with the staff council, the city of Bonn will make use of this recommendation. Therefore, the city administration will be closed from Wednesday, December 23, 2020, until Friday, January 1, 2021. The first working day in the new year will be Monday, January 4, 2021. Details of emergency services over the Christmas period will be announced in good time. The Health Department, however, like other departments, will continue its work over all holidays.

Current figures

The corona incidence value for the city of Bonn is 136.06 per 100,000 inhabitants on Thursday, November 26, 2020. In the past seven days, the public health department recorded 449 new infections.

Currently there are 499 cases of Covid-19. Since February 28, 2020, a total of 3985 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. 24 people have died in connection with Covid-19. 3462 people have recovered. 3211 people from Bonn are currently in quarantine.

As of Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 98 people from Bonn and the surrounding area who are ill with Covid-19 are in Bonn hospitals. 66 patients are cared for on normal wards, 32 people are in intensive care units, 26 of them have to be ventilated.

In view of the still high number of infections, the Lord Mayor asks the people of Bonn: "Please remain in solidarity, even if it is sometimes difficult. Keep to the rules of hygiene and distance!"

Affected institutions

Positive corona cases are reported by the public health department of the city of Bonn to the following institutions: Elementary school Finkenhof (one person), Carl-Schurz-School (1), Matthias-Claudius-School (1), Freiherr-vom-Stein-Realschule (1), Realschule Hardtberg (1, not from Bonn), Carl-von Ossietzky-Gymnasium (1) Aloisiuskolleg (1), Tannenbusch-Gymnasium (1), Abendgymnasium (2, of which one person is not from Bonn), Bernd-Blindow-Schule (1, not from Bonn) and Robert-Wetzlar-Berufskolleg (1).

Controls

Over the past seven days, the city's public order service has recorded a total of 150 assignments under the heading of "health protection". These included quarantine monitoring, delivery of ordinance orders, monitoring of distance regulations in front of schools and occasional checks in stores. Several mask checks were also carried out in pedestrian zones and shopping streets, where violations were found in low double-digit figures. In the city's view, the low number of violations detected shows that citizens are well aware of the obligation to wear masks.

In total, 2,360 complaints for Corona violations were received by the city's fine office from March to Wednesday, November 25, 2020, and 1,410 fine notices were issued.

(Translated with deepl.com/free version)

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