The high incidences put pressure on Bavarian hospitals

IDuring the pandemic, Bavarian districts such as Tirschenreuth or Miesbach repeatedly attracted negative attention across Germany with “record incidences”. In mid-November 2021, for example, the district of Miesbach made headlines with an incidence of around 780, nearly a year later Miesbach reported nearly double the incidence on October 13: 1545.3.

At the top of the numerous districts and cities of Bavaria over a thousand marks is the district of Tirschenreuth in the Upper Palatinate with an incidence of 1811.6. The figures indicate that Bavaria has the second highest incidence (1016.6) in Germany, only the Saarland leads with 1573.3, Bavaria is followed by Hesse with an incidence of 1002.7. For Germany, the incidence on Thursday was 793.8.

High number of infections due to Oktoberfest

Also in Munich the number of infections – predictable after Oktoberfest – has increased dramatically: Thursday the incidence in the seven days was 1233.9. However, this only records cases confirmed by the PCR test – the city’s health department assumes that the number of unreported cases is at least three times higher. According to the city, the number of hospital beds occupied by infected patients has increased “significantly”.

However, most of them are treated “with” and not “because of” Corona. The city is optimistic and says on request: due to the current variant and increased immunity in the population, “comparable use of intensive care units” is not expected as in the first waves of corona.

Staff shortages in hospitals due to infections

But the increase in infections has further consequences for hospitals: staff are absent because employees are sick with Covid-19 or other respiratory infections that are currently circulating heavily. The Munich Municipal Clinic, a network of five clinics, speaks in a “great pressure” statement that intensive care and emergency care are “still largely” guaranteed. But at the expense of employees: “Unlike airlines, we can’t have patients queuing at the door. We are “acutely occupied” by the emergency services and we must cover it with the scarce resources available “.

However, as there is a shortage of staff in normal wards due to illness, there are fewer beds available. With the result that patients cannot be transferred to normal wards after acute emergency care: “This results in restrictions for all first aid providers in Munich.” The health department also described the situation in the clinics as “very tense” on Thursday.

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