“We confirm a downward trend in the incidence rate and the positivity rate,” notes the ARS. An increase in the circulation of the virus was noted in July.
This is positive news. While the progression of the coronavirus in certain territories raises concerns in France, the figures are on the other hand “down” in Mayenne, where an abnormal increase in the circulation of Covid-19 had been observed in early July, said the Regional Health Agency (ARS) on Tuesday.
“We confirm a downward trend in the incidence rate and the positivity rate and, with all usual reservations, we can say that our action plan (…) is going in the right direction”, explained the director general of the ARS Pays de la Loire, Jean-Jacques Coiplet, during a conference call in which the prefect of the department participated.
The incidence rate, “that is to say the number of positive people reported to 100,000 inhabitants”, is “around 50 per 100,000 inhabitants”, he added, specifying that the rate of positivity was 1.4%. The ARS observes that the actions carried out to impose the mask, screen and isolate go “in the right direction”.
The ARS is “neither alarmist nor lax”
The prefect of Mayenne, Jean-Francis Treffel, listed the various measures taken over the past month, including the wearing of the compulsory mask imposed in public places of 69 municipalities, isolation “for a fortnight of sixty people. “, or even the realization of” 41,457 tests in a little more than fifteen days “, a figure which he qualified as” exceptional “. These measures are intended “to avoid a reconfinement, it is necessary to mask oneself so as not to have to reconfine oneself”, he underlined, specifying that a local reconfinement was “a hypothesis that I completely exclude to this stage “.
The ARS is “neither alarmist nor lax”, defended Jean-Jacques Coiplet. Monday, the president of the departmental council of Mayenne, Olivier Richefou, had accused the regional health agency to “stigmatize” its department by publishing “alarmist figures”.
“Mayenne is a beautiful country in which it is good to live and where we can welcome all those who wish to join us. All of the measures that have been adopted are in fact protective measures which testify that we can live in safety in our department, ”for his part explained the prefect, Jean-Francis Treffel.
No specificity specific to the department has been identified to explain the increase in the circulation of the virus in early July, they added, describing a “complex situation”, in which outbreaks were identified in particular in “companies of treatment of meat “and in environments falling” in the field of precariousness “.