Covid-19: launch, delayed in places, of massive screening in the Ardennes

Only 200 people moved on Monday to the eight sites of Ardenne Métropole devoted to the massive screening of Covid-19, its president Boris Ravignon told AFP, on the first day of an operation which had some delays in places.

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Only 200 people moved on Monday to the eight sites of Ardenne Métropole devoted to the massive screening of Covid-19, its president Boris Ravignon told AFP, on the first day of an operation which had some delays in places.

Among these people, ten were “positive”, mostly asymptomatic, according to the elected LR, mayor of Charleville-Mézières.

The Grand Est regional health agency announced on Friday that it could carry out some 4,500 PCR tests per day for a large-scale screening campaign in the agglomeration of Charleville-Mézières-Sedan (58 municipalities, 122,000 inhabitants) and two other communities of municipalities .

The authorities hope to reach a total of “between 15 and 20% of the Ardennes population or around 50,000 people” over twelve days, divided into three phases in December, according to the prefect of the Ardennes Jean-Sébastien Lamontagne.

The operation had some delays, some sites lacking in particular of disinfectant sprayer, noted an AFP photographer, the town hall also recognizing a computer problem concerning shared files.

“It is now settled” assured Mr. Ravignon, the prefect of the Ardennes conceding for his part, during a press conference call, “a few tens of minutes late on one or two sites”.

“On the sites that I visited, I met people who were aware of the usefulness of this approach,” said Mr. Ravignon, rather reassured by this first day. “But now we have to step up”.

“The epidemic is resuming”, warned the prefect, saying he fears for the end of the year or the beginning of next year “a phenomenon of hospital saturation”.

The “incidence rate of 334 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants is 200 points higher than the national average”, also warns Guillaume Mauffré, regional delegate of the ARS.

“During the first wave, we observed 25 deaths in nursing homes. Since September 1, we are at 82 ”he added.

This is why the Prefect encourages all Ardennes residents to be tested, and not only on the eight temporary sites set up by Ardenne Métropole for this massive screening.

“We must use all of our offer” he urges, ie “17 community sites in the Ardennes, nine laboratory drives, nine nursing homes, 32 pharmacies and 178 private nursing practices”.

As of December 6, the latest report established by the prefecture, the Ardennes department had nearly 9,500 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

A similar massive screening operation also began in Le Havre on Monday.