Coronavirus: Tuesday bulletin on the case numbers in the Canton of Basel-Stadt
Department of Health
As of Tuesday, 30 March 2021, 10.30, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 10,594 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 275 active cases in isolation and 804 people in quarantine. The 7-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 119 (CH: 116), the 14-day notification rate is 216 (CH: 242). In total 32,213 vaccination doses have so far been administered in Basel-Stadt. 13,571 people have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. As the pandemic has been particularly hard on the mental health of adolescents and young adults, the Division of Prevention has launched a package of measures aimed at this target group. In this bulletin, the Department of Health will be giving an interim report on mass testing.
Of the 275 active cases, 24 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital. In addition, ten people from outside the canton or abroad are being treated in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Of the total of 34 people in hospital, four require intensive care.
The total of 10,594 cases of infection in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 10,123 recoveries, 196 deaths and 275 active cases. There have been 127 new cases of infection since the last bulletin on Friday, 26 March 2021. Two men aged 79 and 86 have died in hospital as a result of Covid-19.
Information about sources of infection
The current sources of infection have been recorded as follows: 790 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 2 to 29 March 2021). 42 per cent (or 332 cases) of the new infections could be attributed to known or suspected sources of infection. Most of them caught the infection from their own family (57 per cent) or when meeting with family or friends (7 per cent) or at work (11 per cent). 10 per cent said that they had several possible sources of infection. One resident of a Basel-Stadt nursing home has currently tested positive.
The status of vaccinations
As of yesterday, Monday 29 March 2021, 32,213 vaccinations had been given in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. 13,571 people have been fully vaccinated with the first and second vaccination. 48,301 people have pre-registered for vaccination. In addition, a further 1,378 people have a pre-arranged vaccination appointment at the vaccination centre.
Interim report on mass testing in the Canton of Basel-Stadt
As is already known, the Canton of Basel-Stadt is using a focussed testing strategy for mass testing: It is setting up a risk-based, targeted procedure and a sustainable, long-term testing system that will still be viable in one or two years. For coronavirus cases in schools, the focus is on two areas: extended outbreak management and repetitive, targeted testing in local hotspots. Extended outbreak management was used for the first time last week in a grammar school class and in a primary school class. Voluntary tests were offered to pupils and teachers of both classes. Two thirds of pupils and a large number of teachers agreed to be tested. All of the test results were negative.
In other areas, mass testing in the Canton of Basel-Stadt has so far been carried out in 20 of the 42 Basel-Stadt nursing homes and two daycare facilities for the elderly. Five more nursing homes are preparing a testing concept. Processes and results are currently being analysed and evaluated for the four mass testing pilot projects in businesses so that mass testing can be offered to businesses in general after the Easter holidays. The email address email@example.com has been set up so that interested businesses can make enquiries prior to the next communication on this topic.
Measures to prevent mental health issues in young people
As the pandemic has been particularly hard on the mental health of adolescents and young adults, the Division of Prevention has launched a package of measures aimed at this target group. A social media campaign promotes the accessible offers of Pro Juventute (tel. 147, for adolescents) and Dargebotene Hand (tel. 143, for young adults). Two practical offers are also being extended. Firstly, the JuAr Basel Youth Work youth counselling service is being bolstered to offer prompt and accessible support to young people who are struggling. A virtual support offer called “Stronger Now” is being developed together with the University Psychiatric Clinic for Children and Adolescents, School Social Work and the School Psychological Service. The offer will be available at the end of April. This will give young people the opportunity to participate in online training with specialists and other young people once a week. The training sessions will focus on dealing with this challenging situation. Information about the offers and the campaign is available on the Medical Services website.
The next bulletin will be published the Tuesday after Easter, 6 April 2021.