Dark orange area, from Thursday 25 February to 11 March, for 14 municipalities in Emilia-Romagna where for days there has been a situation of progressive criticality due to the increase in infections from Covid-19. This is what has been decided by the Region and mayors. A measure that concerns all the municipalities that belong to the Ausl di Imola – and therefore Imola, Castel San Pietro, Medicina, Mordano, Castel Guelfo, Dozza, Casalfiumanese, Fontanelice, Borgo Tossignano, Castel del Rio -, and the neighboring ones of Bagnara di Romagna, Conselice, Massa Lombarda and Riolo Terme, in the province of Ravenna, which fall within the territory of the Ausl Romagna.
The provision, on which an ordinance will be signed tomorrow by the President of the Region, is dictated by the medical-scientific indications contained in the reports of the Local Health Units of Imola and Romagna, which certify a trend of the contagion in strong growth in the areas concerned, with the goal of stemming the spread of the virus, to protect the health of citizens.
Dark orange area, the measures
The measures introduced are further restrictive with respect to the national measures in place for the orange zone in which the whole of Emilia-Romagna has been located since Sunday 21 February. They broadly follow those of a real red zone regarding activities and travel, without however suspending those economic activities that remain permitted in the orange zones of the country. In particular, travel will be prohibited, both within the same municipality and towards neighboring municipalities, with the exception of those motivated by proven work needs, situations of necessity (such as purchase of goods) or health reasons; allowed, however, to return to one’s home, home or residence.
It is also established that the activities are carried out in the presence of only the activities of the Educational Services 0-3 years and Infant Schools, while the educational activities for schools of all types and levels will be carried out at a 100% distance. by sports promotion bodies, as well as sports activities carried out in outdoor sports centers. Sports activities will be allowed only individually and exclusively outdoors. It is possible to carry out motor activity individually in the vicinity of one’s home, provided that in any case the distance is at least one meter from any other person and with the obligation to use respiratory protection devices. Cultural and recreational activities are also suspended.
Nothing changes, however, for economic activities, for which the national provisions in force for the Orange Zone remain in force, including personal service activities. An increase in tracking and screening on the population is expected.
“We shared with the mayors of the territory the need to intervene with targeted measures to contain the contagion curve of the Imola district and some neighboring municipalities of the Ravenna area, based on the data provided by the health structures – underline the president of the Region, Stefano Bonaccini , and the regional councilor for Health Policies, Raffaele Donini-. A painful but necessary and not postponable measure, decided with the agreement of all the parties involved. It is the medical-scientific indications, the epidemiological evolution, the particularly widespread nature of the epidemic, through new variants of the virus, and the increase in cases that tell us that we could not do otherwise, to protect residents and the community. We understand the further inconvenience for people, after months and months already very hard – Bonaccini and Donini close – but we must limit the spread of the infection at all costs, because we have not yet emerged from the pandemic and we cannot frustrate the efforts made so far. At the same time, together with the mayors, whom I thank for their collaboration, and the health companies, the Region is ready to do whatever is necessary to remain alongside the population ”.
An increase in tracking and screening on the population is expected. “We shared with the mayors of the area the need to intervene with targeted measures to contain the contagion curve in the Imola area and some neighboring municipalities of Ravenna, based on the data provided by the health facilities – underline the president of the Region, Stefano Bonaccini , and the regional councilor for Health Policies, Raffaele Donini -. A painful but necessary and not postponable measure, decided with the agreement of all the parties involved. These are the medical-scientific indications, the epidemiological evolution, the particularly widespread of the epidemic, through new variants of the virus, and the increase in cases to tell us that we could not do otherwise, to protect residents and the community “. “We understand the further inconvenience for people, after months and months that are already very hard – Bonaccini and Donini conclude – but we must limit the spread of the infection at all costs, because we have not yet emerged from the pandemic and we cannot undermine the efforts made so far. at the same time, together with the mayors, whom I thank for their collaboration, and the health authorities, the Region is ready to do whatever is necessary to remain alongside the population “.
The trend of infections in the last 3 weeks records for the Municipalities of the Ausl di Imola, which has a population of 133,777 inhabitants, a progressive increase in the cases observed, passing from 454 in the week 1-7 February, to 531 from 8 to 14, to 597 from 15 to 21, for a total of 1,582 new positives in the three weeks, an average of 523 weekly and a weekly incidence rate per 100 thousand inhabitants of 1,182.6 in the total for the period.
Similar situation for the other municipalities of the Ausl Romagna involved: Bagnara di Romagna (2,421 inhabitants) has 32 cases observed in the last three weeks, an average of 10.7 per week and an incidence rate in the overall period of 1,321.8. Conselice (9,721 inhabitants) went from 16 to 50 cases, 106 total in the observation period, an average of 35.3 and an incidence rate of 1,090.4. The Municipality of Massa Lombarda, which has a population of 10,538 inhabitants, went from 30 cases in the first week, to 40 in the second, to 45 in the third: 115 in total, with an average of 38.3 and an incidence rate for the total for the period of 1,091.3.
The ordinance also puts on paper some provisions relating to surveillance and tracing activities, in light of the new evidence on the greater transmissibility of the new SARSCoV-2 variants.
All measures are applied to strengthen the research and contact management activities of the cases indicated in the ministerial circular of 31 January last, including the use of molecular testing in the surveillance of close and low-risk contacts and the closure of the quarantine at 14 days with molecular test; furthermore, the isolation of the confirmed case cannot be interrupted after 21 days from the onset of symptoms but must continue until a molecular test is performed with a negative result.
The Local Health Authorities of Imola and Romagna will be able to take, in agreement with the Municipalities of their own competence concerned by the regional ordinance, any further appropriate action deemed necessary, in the event of a change in the epidemiological situation.
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