COVID-19 Vendée

Since May 11th 2020, in Vendée and everywhere except the red zones determined by the French government, the prefecture has been working on an easing down of the rigorous measures we have been living with since mid-March. New government measures detailing the next phase of deconfinement are said to be announced this week to begin on June 2nd. A summery for the Vendée department:

  • Coronavirus statistics in Vendée -  Situation report new confirmed cases on May 26th (pm): 80 // Current hospitalizations 59// 6 are currently in intensive care// 187 total have healed// 36 people have died//  (source)
  • Our department is a green zone. These are the do's and don'ts in a green zone. To translate, right click and translate to your default language. And in particular in Vendée 
  • The Pays de la Loire region has activated a new telephone number (toll-free) 0 800 100 200 and email address 
    actioneco-coronavirus@paysdelaloire.fr
  • Vendée déchèteries open May 11th 
  • Read their Covid-19 press release and Guest FAQ here.
  • All official measures and announcements in the prefecture here (to read in English, right click on the page and click "translate to English" in the Google pop-up box.
    • Trade :
      • the shops have been open since May 11 (except cafes and restaurants).
      • the markets are open. Mayors watch over their organization so that barrier gestures and distancing measures can be respected.
      • shopping centers are open
      • limit the number of people in the shop, provide hand sanitation, masks mandatory, employee safety, regulate traffic flow into the store with social distancing
    • Education: reopening of schools
      • On a voluntary basis, with maximum of 15 children per classroom, social distancing and hand hygiene
      • Department schools open on May 11
      • Colleges from May 18 in Vendée
      • The opening of high schools will be decided at the end of May
    • Travel & public transport including carpooling:
      • allowed up to 100km from home without a form
      • attestation needed for 100+km but only for work or for family reasons
      • public transport at 70% with one out of two seats closed and here as well as taxis: masks required from age 11
    • Seasonal rentals:
      • Open to guests a radius of 100 km around your property, unless prohibited by the prefect. maximum of 10 persons
      • OR 100KM+ for work and health reasons with the necessary documents
      • CAMPGROUNDS NOT YET
    • Le Puy du Fou history themepark
      • Opens its doors on JUNE 11th
      • Cinéscénie evening spectacle from July 24th
      • FAQ
    • Beaches:
      • The following beaches in the Vendée are open: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, L’Épine, La Guérinière, Barbâtre, Notre-Dame-de-Monts, La-Barre-de-Monts Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Brétignolles-sur-Mer, Les Sables d’Olonne, Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, Jard-sur-Mer, Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, Longeville-sur-Mer, La Tranche-sur-Mer, La Faute-sur-Mer, L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer, L’Île d’Yeu.
      • Access is authorized from sunrise to sunset, for the exercise of walking, swimming, fishing on foot and individual sports, subject to compliance with health measures and rules of social distancing appearing in the protocol established by the mayor of the commune.
      • Nautical and pleasure activities practiced from the shore, with beach gear, unregistered and registered gear and pleasure craft are authorized.
      • Activities prohibited on these beaches: any static presence, sitting or lying down as well as the practice of a picnic.
      National parameters to ease lock-down from May 11th as outlined by Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on 28/04/2020:

      The key words in our future and the government's strategy for our continued precautions against the pandemic are protecting, testing and isolating. The first transition period is from May 11th until June 2nd - this to evaluate the first easing of lock-down vs. the disease. Two to three weeks are needed to reach conclusions.

      • We remain at high risk for the virus and the government's plan is to be cautious in order to avoid a second wave of disease - and a second long period of lockdown.
      • There is also an understanding that not all departments or areas in France are equally affected by the epidemic. Elected officials will be allowed to tailor to local situations depending on several criteria such as the number of cases and their preparedness for testing.

      Protection
      Science shows that the wearing of masks is preferable for slowing the spread of the disease. Having masks available for employees will be a requirement of reopening. It will be required to wear masks in public as well, and anywhere social distancing is not possible. The vulnerable will receive masks distributed by the post office or through associations. Pharmacies will sell both disposable and washable masks. Social distancing, rigorous hygiene, and discipline remain necessary. 

      Testing
      From March 11th, 700 000 tests will be administered per week. This is necessary to keep track of the disease. The current testing of a few thousand per day is not enough to predict how to prepare for the next two or three weeks.

      Isolation is a civic duty
      Controls will be put in place for those who test positive but the Prime Minister pleaded to the French public and residents to adhere to government guidelines as follows:

      • to ensure self-isolation (this can happen at home with the entire family) OR in requisitioned hotels to self-isolate away from the family
      • to work with the entities like doctors, nurses, or a special task force that will follow up to ensure testing of all people the person who tested positive was in contact with
      • The app that is being developed to track the disease raises legitimate questions of privacy and security, so this will be debated and voted upon in parliament before it is used.

      GATHERINGS
      *****of less than ten people allowed from May 11th
      MUSEUMS & LIBRARIES
      Open from May 11th again with proper social distancing and hygiene measures in place, plus limiting number of people
      RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES
      *****Yes, but nor for large gatherings. Only funerals with immediate family, and limited to 20 people respecting social distancing.
      Re-opening of RESTAURANTS, BARS UPDATE BY PM 14TH MAY
      *****"Cafes and restaurants in green zones should be able to reopen from June 2, he announced, provided the epidemic does worsen and adequate protective measures are in place." (source France24) Decision and further info at the end of May 

      Re-opening of LARGE SHARED LOCATIONS for concerts, cinema, sporting events
      *****to remain closed
      FINANCIAL SOLIDARITY SUPPORT, GO here. Translate to English simply by right-clicking and clicking "translate to..." in the pop-up box.

      The number of coronavirus patients in France rose to 145 555 (27/05/2020 - AM). Since 1 March 2020, a total of 28 530 patients have died from the disease in France. Worldwide, there are 5 404 512 patients (as of 26 May 2020) with 343 514 reported deaths.

      What is the Coronavirus?

      In humans, coronaviruses cause mild forms of respiratory tract infections, but strains like SARSMERS, and COVID-19 can be deadly. Symptoms include fever and breathing issues. For now, there are no announcements of vaccines or medication that can either prevent or treat the virus. It is said that the illness feels less severe or painful than the common flu. Patients with a compromised immune system, people over 80 years old and people with heart issues are particularly at risk to contract the virus.

      Where does the name come from?

      According to Wikipedia: "the name is derived from the Latin corona, meaning "crown" or "halo", which refers to the characteristic appearance of the virus particles (virions): they have a fringe reminiscent of a crown or of a solar corona."

      What are the symptoms?

      Please consult the World Health Organisation's Q & A page  for all of your questions, concerns and the very latest updates. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of sense of taste and smell, and dry cough. People with high blood pressure, diabetes or heart issues are at higher risk. The incubation period is 1-14 days, but five days seems to be the most common.

        What to do in case of symptoms?
        • The government of France has activated a 24/7 toll-free number for your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 : 0 800 130 000. (not to be used for medical advice)
        • If you present signs of respiratory infections within 14 days of your return from China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Iran or the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy, please dial the number 15 on your telephone
        • If you are on holiday and suspect the illness, please contact your local embassy or consulate.

          ALERT!

          Through its website, the World Health Organization or WHO reports that a scam has been started regarding the coronavirus. They report that:

          "Criminals disguise themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information." 
          Criminals appear to contact us via email, websites, telephone, mobile phone, and also via fax.

          Read the WHO message. It provides information on how to avoid "phishing" (as it is called in cyber-security jargon).

          Should it happen to you in this case, you can report it here.  Contact WHO and/ or Report a scam.

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          From 11th March WHO have deemed the virus a pandemic. You can find an up-to-date global map here. Please follow virus protocols as described in the above pamphlet provided by the government. Expect further announcements and monitor reputable news sources such as France24 (English) for up-to-date information. This article is updated frequently, so do check back and DO
          stay healthy everybody!

          Sources: Linternaute, WHO, Gouvernement.fr, wikipedia, cdc.gov, Vendee Gouvernement and France24English, ARS Pays de la Loire

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