COVID-19 Vendée

We cannot pass a day without the Covid-19 situation getting worse. Yet it seems that there are still people who do not take it seriously. On Wednesday 14 October, President Macron announced new measures. For example, the number of people with whom we can meet was reduced to 6. New measures were also announced in the Vendée Prefecture on 16 October.

Situational map, testing locations, and other statistics

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Vendée department situation:
  • Corona virus statistics in Vendée - Situation report from 20 oct. (source)
    • 2648 active confirmed cases  (+ 314 from Oct 13th)
    • 33 Current hospitalizations
    • 10 currently in intensive care
    • 333 total have healed
    • 46 people have died
  • 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
  • LE PUY DU FOU: read their Covid-19 press release and Guest FAQ here.
  • Leisure and culture:
    access to beaches, bodies of water and lakes, resuming water sports and boating activities: note that the prefect may make it mandatory to wear a mask
  • Bars, cafes and restaurants are subject to the following health rules:
    • wearing a mandatory mask for any movement within the establishment (entry, exit, table setting, payment, toilets)
    • minimization of trips within the establishment
    • no standing (seated only)
    • minimum distance of 1 meter between each table (except in the presence of a partition wall)
    • minimum distance of 1 meter between client and server (except in the case where a partition wall is installed)
    • respect for the established traffic direction to prevent people from crossing paths
    • NEW 16-10-2020: 6 people maximum per table
  • Shopping centers
    • The wearing of the mask is mandatory
  • 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.)
  • NEW on 16-10-2020
    Until 2nd November the wearing of a mask is MANDATORY IN THESE VILLAGES: L'Aiguillon sur Mer - Barbâtre - La Barre de Mont - Beauvoir sur Mer - Bouin - Bretignoles sur Mer - L'Épine - La Faute sur Mer - La Gueriniere - L'île d'Yeu - Jard sur Mer - Longeville sur Mer - Noirmoutier - Notre Dame de Monts - Saint Gilles Croix de Vie - Saint Hilaire de Riez - Saint Jean De Monts - Saint Vincent sur Jard - Talmont Saint Hilaire - La Tranche sur Mer - Le Boupère -Chanverrie - Luçon - Fontenay-le-Comte - LesEssarts - La Roche sur Yon - Les Sables d'Olonne - Les Herbiers - Saint Fulgent - Mortagne sur Sèvre AND Aizenay
    Check mairie websites for local updates.
FROM 1st september
  • Masks are compulsory in any office space from September 1st, 2020 (except for individual offices with a door)
FROM 20th july
  • masks must be worn in indoor public spaces, now in addition to public transportation where wearing a mask was already compulsory
  • this applies to shopping at supermarkets, covered fresh produce markets, banks and other administrative establishments open to the public
  • fine for failure to comply is 135 euros
  • NEW from August 1st: some cities including nearby La Rochelle demand the wearing of a mask from age 11 (UPDATE 12/8/2020: more cities across France to be announced. Now includes Paris)
  • The stadiums, performance halls and racecourses will be open to the public from 11 July, with a maximum admission of 5,000 people: applies until 1 September unless the situation worsens again. (UPDATE 12/8/2020: extended until 31/10/2020)
FROM 11TH JULY
  • end of the state of health in metropolitan territory, which means:
    • River cruises are allowed again;
    • a decision will then be taken, in consultation with the European partners, on the resumption of sea cruises between European ports (only for vessels whose capacity does not exceed a limit set by ministerial decree)
    • The stadiums, performance halls and racecourses will be open to the public from 11 July, with a maximum admission of 5,000 people: applies until 1 September unless the situation worsens again. (UPDATE 12/8/2020: extended until 31/10/2020)
    • Activities involving more than 1,500 persons must be declared so that the necessary precautions can be taken;
    • A re-evaluation of the national epidemiological situation will be carried out in mid-July to decide whether a relaxation is possible for the second part of August.
Travelers 

**Covid-19 between UK and FRANCE - all info here
**ALERT: from 1 August, travellers returning to Belgium must fill in a form 48 hours in advance via the website of the FOD Foreign Affairs. The form here - traveling in red zones, 2 week quarantine is mandatory upon return to Belgium.
**For the people traveling from French territory to other European countries there may be travel restrictions e.g. Greece mandates Covid-19 tests upon entering the country with 24hr mandatory quarantine or until results are negative.  When traveling to other countries from France, verify protocols on respective government websites e.g. at the beginning of September, Hungary has closed its borders.
**EUROTUNNEL travellers please read and there is a mandatory form to fill out 
**The use of face-masks is highly recommended, also in gas/petrol stations on the main auto routes, but in some shops as well as to enter and exit restaurants is mandatory.
**Travelers advice on the French diplomacy website

GOVERNMENT MEASURES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

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
Everybody displaying symptoms will be tested

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 to track the disease raises legitimate questions of privacy and security but it is available form June 2nd. It is NOT mandatory to participate
Situation in France

The number of corona virus patients in France rose to 910,277 (20/10/2020 - AM). Since 1 March 2020, a total of 33,623 patients have died from the disease in France. 11,661 are currently hospitalized.

Situation worldwide

Worldwide, there are 40,251,950 cases (20/10/2020 - AM) with 1,116,131 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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