Like other areas in the region, Sarcelles (Val-d’Oise) has been under health surveillance since Wednesday, June 17, after the appearance of around thirty new cases of Covid-19 in one week.
The Regional Health Agency (ARS) has launched, with the town hall, a new screening campaign in traveling tents. In the region, and since the start of deconfinement, 88 “clusters” have appeared; “half is closed”, assures the director of the ARS of Île-de-France, Aurélien Rousseau.
88 clusters in Île-de-France since deconfinement
According to Aurélien Rousseau, there have been 88 “clusters” in the region since the start of deconfinement. “A cluster is three cases in a limited space. Half is closed, that is, there have been no new cases for more than 14 days. The other half is still active“, describes the director of the ARS of Île-de-France.”All these clusters are monitored“, he assures.
“Epidemiological investigations are made.“But in addition to these 88 clusters, Aurélien Rousseau recalls thatone of the main activities of the Regional Health Agency is based on reports. About 1,500 have been sent to the ARS. “This is when you have, for example, a case of Covid in a school or in a home. Even if there is only one case, it goes back to us and we will monitor the situation because we consider that there is a higher risk there that the contamination will spread too quickly..”
The situation that worries us the most is that where there are so-called community contaminations, that is to say there is a gathering, festive, friendly, religious. And there, suddenly, we watch less, we respect less physical distancing and there, people contaminate each other.
The majority of these Covid cases emerge in collective accommodation places, according to Aurélien Rousseau. “Usually, they are found in homes, in schools and there are particularly affected areas in Île-de-France.“. They are spread over the whole region.
For around 60%, in collective accommodation such as hostels for young workers or for receiving migrants, or within religious communities. But the situation “that concerns us the most is the one where there are so-called community contaminations“, during gatherings.
More than 80 screening operations in the region
“For several weeks now, we have been carrying out screening operations in barnums, we set up tents and we will screen at the foot of the bars of buildings. _We will screen in places where we fear that people will not have easy access to medicine_, in places where there have been a lot of coronavirus-related deaths“, explains Aurélien Rousseau.”We have carried out more than 80 of these operations in Île-de-France to ensure that there are no blind spots.
We will screen in places where we fear that people will not have easy access to medicine
And at the end of last week, in one of the operations in Sarcelles, the number of positive cases turned out to be “higher than anywhere else” for Aurélien Rousseau. The idea was to increase the number of screening operations, “so as not to miss an abnormal situation, whether it be a resumption of the epidemic, or whether, because it is a possibility, the fact that there was there a very, very active circulation of the virus and that this is its consequences which are somewhat lasting. “
A situation that does not worry the ARS
“It’s worrying when you have no action to take. There we spotted it because we were looking for this type of situation, so we are not surprised. But afterwards, it is significant enough for us to put in place exceptional measures, ”develops the director of the ARS of Île-de-France.
It is therefore important for him to continue efforts, particularly in prevention and in the instructions to be passed on to the population, to respect physical distancing or wearing a mask in public spaces. “We still have to last a few weeks while respecting physical distances, washing our hands, wearing the mask. And in Sarcelles, this will be the case, but as elsewhere; if the situation, we analyze it as having been degraded, we are ready with the prefect, with elected officials, to activate additional measures, “he warns.
If we analyze the situation as having deteriorated further, we are ready with the prefect, with elected officials, to activate additional measures.
Without going so far as to talk about re-containment, Aurélien Rousseau assures us that the health authorities and the prefectures will take “the necessary measures”. The implementation of deconfinement corresponds to a “principle of reversibility”: “if the situation deteriorates, indeed, we will activate the measures that will be necessary to protect the population.”