Under his leadership, Schaffhausen matured into a model canton: Health Director Walter Vogelsanger.
Schaffhausen has the lowest corona incidences in Switzerland.
The deeper mobility certainly plays a role.
But you are happy about the low numbers.
The Corona figures for the canton of Schaffhausen are impressive: the canton currently records just 24 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on a weekly average – this is by far the lowest value in Switzerland. By way of comparison: Switzerland currently has around 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the front runner Valais even 175!
In the past week, Schaffhausen reported around three corona cases per day. On Friday, a new low was even set in 2021: the cantonal government only had to send one positive test result to the BAG.
The beds for Covid patients in the canton hospital are also practically empty, only three people are currently hospitalized with corona disease. Under the leadership of Health Director Walter Vogelsanger (57, SP), Schaffhausen matured into a model canton. And nobody knows why.
Night shifts and a lot of perseverance
Laura Gialluca (23) from the Covid Team Schaffhausen thinks that there is no one big reason for the low numbers. The deeper mobility certainly plays a role, the border traffic between Germany and Switzerland is currently practically idle. “But it is certainly not just that!”
She is particularly impressed by the commitment of the employees involved and the population: “Many team members worked day and night to cope with the pandemic.” She remembers crisis meetings at 11 p.m. or whole weekends in the office. She also emphasizes: “In addition to the authorities, the people of Schaffhausen have also shown great commitment. The majority of the Schaffhausen residents adhered to the measures. It’s not easy for anyone, but it plays an essential role in combating the pandemic. “
Just recently they went back to work: “When the registration link for the vaccination didn’t work, a meeting was held at 3 a.m. and the problem was resolved. Nobody has ever protested, everyone was available at all times and helped each other. »
Different scenarios prepared
In addition, all responsibilities were settled at an early stage: “When the number of cases suddenly rose sharply in October, most of the responsibilities were already regulated.” The re was never a conflict of competence between the individual authorities.
The canton doctor (ad interim) Dr. Elke Lenz-Agnes (52) is convinced that the high level of commitment and good preparation were decisive: “After the first wave in spring, we ran through various scenarios for the second wave. So we were well prepared for the fall in the number of cases. ” Contact tracing has been expanded again, and test capacities have also been increased.
When it became known in December that the first vaccine would be approved, they reacted immediately: “We set up a vaccination center within three weeks. Unfortunately, we can only use around a fifth of the capacity so far, which is due to the lack of a vaccine. “
Contact tracing has always worked
Laura Gialluca from the Schaffhausen Covid team says that great importance was attached to maintaining contact tracing. “Despite the tenfold increase in the number of cases, contact tracing worked within three weeks. It was close to capacity, but never had to be given up, ”says Gialluca. She remembers: “At the beginning the contact tracing team consisted of two people. It quickly became apparent that this was not enough. It grew rapidly – and today 44 people are involved in contact follow-up.
Testing was also introduced early on. “At the beginning of the pandemic there were relatively few tests,” recalls Gialluca. “When enough tests were later available, the canton of Schaffhausen was one of the first cantons to allow testing in pharmacies. That helped to expand the test capacity in a short time. “
No private life, just work
For the rest of the Covid team, too, life has completely changed within days. Private life moved to the side, for almost a year the team members have been almost exclusively concerned with fighting the pandemic.
However, no one has ever thought of giving up. Instead, you can now look forward to low corona numbers. Gialluca says: “I am glad that we have such a committed team in which everyone is involved with so much passion.” She goes on to say: “It cannot be said with certainty whether the current case numbers are simply luck, can be explained with the involvement of those involved or, thanks to the discipline of the population, are so low. We continue to do our best every day. “
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