As of 21 March 2020, France has had 14,459 confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases and 562 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic. 1767 people are hospitalized in the Grand Est, including 435 in intensive care, 83 more than yesterday.
As of March 21 at 3 p.m., 1767 people are hospitalized in the Grand Est, including 435 in intensive care, 83 more than yesterday. The flow of patients in intensive care is increasing very sharply: 38% increase in 24 hours.
Thanks to the mobilization of all the players in the Greater East, the ARS has been able to double the region’s resuscitation capacity to date.
357 people have already been discharged from hospital, their state of health having been considered satisfactory.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the total number of patient deaths for the Greater East region has reached 230, taking into account people confirmed virologically positive for the Covid-19 Coronavirus as well as people who have not been tested but whose death is reported to be due to a Coronavirus infection.
This development confirms that the situation continues to worsen. It is absolutely imperative to remain in confinement at home, to limit external movements as much as possible and to strictly respect the barrier measures.
Supply of masks
Over the last few days, the state has been supplying masks to the most exposed establishments in the Far East. From next week, 3.8 million masks will be delivered to health institutions, health professionals and medico-social institutions in the East.
In addition, a joint management unit, between the ARS, the Region and the Regional Prefecture, has been set up to coordinate donations and purchases of regional masks (companies, individuals, etc.) and enable them to be allocated to all health professionals in the Greater East according to needs.
Transfer of patients with Covid-19
Once again thanks to the support of the armed forces’ health services, 6 patients from the Mulhouse hospital were transferred today to Bordeaux via Operation Morpheus. Discussions between France and Germany and Switzerland have made it possible to organise the hospital care of French patients. Thus, a first patient, transferred from Mulhouse by helicopter, was taken care of in Freiburg today, and about ten other transfers will be organized this weekend.
Installation of the military hospital in Mulhouse
The capacity of the Military Resuscitation Element of the Armed Forces Health Services (MARS-AHSS) will be 30 resuscitation beds to be operational in next week’s throughput.
Call for health professionals to strengthen health and medico-social structures
The ARS Grand Est, in conjunction with the Order’s councils and representatives of health professionals in the region, is calling for the mobilization of all health professionals, including staff who have been retired for less than five years, who are able to free themselves up now, to come and strengthen the teams of the region’s health and medico-social structures.
Via the following address: https://www.grand-est.ars.sante.fr/coronavirus-appel-aux-professionnels-de-santepour-renforcer-les-structures-de-sante-et-medico
400 volunteer health professionals, including doctors and nurses specialising in intensive care anaesthesia, have already responded. They have been oriented to join the region’s health structures according to the needs of the territories.
Health students from all over the region have also mobilized to join the effort to support health structures in the Greater East.
The ARS Grand Est would like to salute and thank all these professionals who are mobilizing for our region.
Reminder of instructions to be respected
The Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé regularly updates its recommendations to protect your health and recommends the right actions to take in the face of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. In the face of infections, there are simple steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:
– Stay at home,
– Wash your hands very regularly with soap or use a hydro alcoholic solution,
– Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue,
– Use a disposable tissue and discard,
– Salute without shaking hands and avoid hugs,
– STAY AT LEAST ONE METRE AWAY FROM OTHERS, AVOID GATHERINGS, LIMIT MOVEMENT AND CONTACT: RESPECT CONFINEMENT
You have symptoms (cough, fever) that remind you of Covid-19: stay home, avoid contact, call a doctor before going to the office. You can also benefit from a teleconsultation.
If symptoms worsen with difficulty breathing and signs of choking, call the SAMU-Centre 15.
For all other situations and general information: call the national toll-free number at 0 800 130 000 which will tell you what to do.
You will find more information on the Government websites of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health and Public Health France.