Since last week, the number of infections with the coronavirus has been on the rise again throughout the district of Waldeck-Frankenberg. In the town of Rosenthal in particular, the confirmed cases have now climbed to a peak of 40 currently infected persons. Within the last seven days, 17 new cases have occurred among only about 2,200 inhabitants in Rosenthal, which is about 6.6 times the number in the entire district with 184 new cases among 156,320 inhabitants in the same period. Together, the district and the city are now strengthening protective measures to slow down the increase.
In the past weeks, there had been an increase in infections, especially in connection with the day care centre and the primary school. "Currently, the numbers continue to rise. Almost all persons who were quarantined as a precautionary measure have now tested positive," reports Karl-Friedrich Frese, First District Commissioner and Head of the District Health Department. "We have therefore initiated further protective measures as a precautionary measure.
The day-care centre "Pusteblume" and the Nicolaus-Hilgermann-School will remain closed for another week after the Easter holidays for security reasons. In plain language, this means that both facilities will be closed until 23 April. Project days that were supposed to take place at the school during the Easter holidays will also be discontinued. This has been agreed upon by the district together with the responsible body of the day-care centre, the town of Rosenthal and the State Education Authority in Fritzlar. A corresponding general decree will be issued by the district.
Emergency care for children whose care cannot be ensured in any other way may be set up - both in the primary school and in the day care centre. Parents can contact the two facilities for details. However, the district points out that this should be limited to absolute exceptions in the context of infection control. Privately organised childcare should also be avoided, as the current aim is to continue to keep personal contact to a necessary minimum in order to contain the development of the pandemic.
To this end, in coordination with the Waldeck-Frankenberg police department and the public order office of the city of Rosenthal, the controls to ensure compliance with the Corona rules are to be intensified once again. "The aim here is not to reprimand people, but to ensure the best possible protection against infection - for everyone's safety," the First District Commissioner continues. But he also emphasises: "Many people on the ground are already doing their bit, complying with the guidelines and regulations and pulling together to keep the situation under control. In the same way, however, we must now continue and not let up."
The mayor of Rosenthal, Hans Waßmuth, agrees: "We currently have an infection in our city, which we can only contain together by showing solidarity and sticking to the rules together. He therefore calls on all citizens to continue to be vigilant and prudent.