Covid-19: 17% of positive tests in Ile-de-France, a level “never reached”, according to the ARS

September 19, 2019 by No Comments

Aurélien Rousseau, director of the Ile-de-France Regional Health Agency, was the guest of BFMTV. He gave the latest figures for the epidemic in the Paris region.

The health situation is clearly deteriorating in Ile-de-France. In this region, 17% of people tested for Covid-19 are positive, “a figure that we had never reached”, underlined, Monday, October 12, on BFMTV, the director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Aurélien Rousseau.

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With “474 patients, we have passed the 42% occupation” resuscitation beds by Covid patients in Ile-de-France, said Aurélien Rousseau. There is “more than 1,480 people in conventional hospital beds, 672 in follow-up and rehabilitation care and almost a hundred in psychiatric beds”.

The director of the ARS of Ile-de-France had alerted last week to the “high tide” which would sweep over hospitals. “We think we have time but at the end there is a race against time”, he repeated Monday.

Alarming sign according to him, “Today, for example, in Paris among 20-30 year olds, we have more than 800 positive cases per 100,000. The alert threshold is 50. And above all, for three days, these figures have increased very rapidly among the elderly”.

“We know what will happen in the next 15 days” and especially “that we are going to have more serious cases”, he said. Those are “probably up to 300 people per day in the coming days who will arrive in hospitals in Ile-de-France”, he predicted.

Aurélien Rousseau also recalled that hospitals had been asked to activate “all their crisis systems” and that this already involved the deprogramming of interventions and postponed leave for caregivers.

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