Coronavirus: Tuesday bulletin on the case numbers in the Canton of Basel-Stadt

15/12/2020 (14:10)
Press release
Department of Health

As of Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 12.00, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt had recorded a total of 6875 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic, 900 active cases in isolation and 887 people in quarantine. The 7-day notification rate per 100,000 residents is 343 (CH: 270), the 14-day notification rate is 678 (CH: 595). Please note the corrected total number of positive cases from 12.00 hours.

There have been 367 new infections (referred to as “active cases”) since last Friday: 114 on Saturday, 58 on Sunday, 59 on Monday and 136 today, Tuesday.

Of the 900 active cases, 93 residents of the Canton of Basel-Stadt are in hospital. The number of Basel-Stadt residents in hospital has fallen slightly from 97 to 93 since last Friday. In addition, 49 people from outside the canton or abroad are being treated in hospital in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Of the total of 142 people in hospital, 17 require intensive care.

The total of 6875 infections in the Canton of Basel-Stadt since the start of the pandemic consists of 5863 recoveries, 112 deaths and 900 active cases. Eleven women and men aged between 64 and 92 have died as a result of Covid-19 since the last bulletin of last Friday. Nine people died in hospital, two in a nursing home.

Diverse sources of infection

The current sources of infection continue to be diverse, as follows: 2686 new infections were recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the past four weeks (period from 17 November 2020 until 14 December 2020). 47 percent (or 1270 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 (39 per cent) or when meeting with family or friends (8 per cent), at work (19 per cent) or in a nursing home (12 per cent). 90 residents from twelve different nursing homes have currently tested positive.

Interim evaluation of the pilot project for rapid testing in a nursing home

After three weeks, conclusions can now be drawn about the pilot project that offers daily voluntary rapid tests for nursing home staff. Extensive testing of staff has already taken place, so investigations were carried out to establish whether the offer of voluntary rapid testing was able to find further positive cases. Around 80 percent of the 109 members of staff at the pilot nursing home were tested at least once and 186 rapid tests were carried out. Seven members of staff tested positive in the pilot project. The seven people who tested positive in the pilot project were all asymptomatic at the time of testing. 

The participants in the pilot project gave positive feedback and particularly appreciated the feeling of safety in respect of the residents – but also in respect of their own families and social contacts. It is conceivable that rapid tests will be used in affected nursing homes in future as an additional measure for rising infection rates.

Please note:

Case numbers continue to be updated every day on the website www.coronavirus.bs.ch.