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.
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.
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.