In the Odenwald district, the number of corona deaths rises to eight

Access bans are among the protective measures in the Erbach district hospital, which currently looks after 17 corona patients and eleven suspected cases. Photo: Dirk Zengel

Over the weekend, the corona situation in the Odenwald district increased dramatically again: District Administrator Frank Matiaske spoke to this newspaper about Saturday as a “horror day”: after five more deaths, the number of deaths is related to a corona infection increased to eight people in a circle.

In addition, on Saturday the health department had to quarantine a second nursing home and a closed ward of another such facility. Of the eight residents who tested positive, the home is completely quarantined two died: One man belonged to the age group of 80 to 90-year-olds, the other was older than 90; both had previous illnesses.

Tragic development

In the ward of the third home, where residents with dementia live, there are two people who tested positive for the virus, the district office informed. As reported, the first was already on March 31 Nursing home a quarantine [plus-Inhalt] been imposed.


The neighboring district of Miltenberg in Odenwald was on Sunday 178 coronavirus infections known after there were 157 on Friday. In addition, six people are being treated in hospital, including one patient in the intensive care unit, 48 people have already been released from surveillance as healthy, reports the Franconian district office. (yes)

If there was any positive aspect to this tragic development, it was the fact that the first nursing facility affected was a little smaller, Matiaske said. The experience gained there could now be used in the other cases. A “well-coordinated cooperation” between home management, staff and family doctor is required under stricter security conditions. All those involved said the district administrator, “are doing what they can to save or protect lives”. Part of the usual procedure is isolating the residents, “who are generally a high-risk group,” in their rooms. Emergency services and surrounding hospitals are also on alert.

Share of the risk group

Contagion with the coronavirus is particularly dangerous for older people. The following map shows the share of the risk group (population 65 years and older) in the total population. The latest data is available for 2018. With the sliding rule, you can jump into the past. A click on the play button has the development automatically started since 1960.

In the next few days, Matiaske wants to specifically discuss the situation of the care facilities in a conference call with his Darmstadt-Dieburg colleague Klaus Peter Schellhaas and the managers of the clinics in coverage area 6 with the Darmstadt clinic as the coordinating house. On Sunday afternoon, Matiaske was also in the process of writing about the Odenwald experience to date in a letter to the ministry Corona epidemic to explain. According to the experts, the development in the district is “one or two weeks ahead” of other Hessian regions, which is explained, among other things, by the proximity to the badly affected states of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg. According to the district administrator, the spread is evident from the south.

Seven patients in intensive care

For the Odenwaldkreis this means that as of Sunday 131 people tested positive for the virus. This includes the eight deceased, but also those now 30 men and women who are considered to have recovered. 27 patients are currently being treated in hospitals, including 20 in the Odenwaldkreis health center (seven in the intensive care unit) and seven in clinics outside the district. In addition, there are still eleven people suspected of having COVID 19 disease in the Erbach district hospital, for whom the test result is still pending.


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