In Kanta-Häme hospital epidemic, about 80% of those infected with corona have received at least the first dose of vaccine. The [Delta] variant of the coronavirus has been revealed to be the cause of the hospital epidemic. “The [B.1.617.2 Delta variant] is very easily spread.” says Chief Physician of the Kanta-Häme Hospital District Sally Leskinen. According to Leskinen, it is worrying that the precautions that have stopped the spread of previous virus variants in hospitals have not been effective enough now. “The fact that the surgical mask has been used in all situations and that patients with symptoms of infection have extensive protective equipment is not enough now,” says Leskinen.
The coronavirus epidemic has spread from Hämeenlinna to Kanta-Häme Central Hospital to health center hospitals in Hämeenlinna, Riihimäki and Forssa. There are a total of 80 infected in the chains. Hämeenlinna Central Hospital has two infection chains with a total of more than 50 infections. In addition, Riihimäki Hospital has a chain of 30 infections.
“The virus is easily infected. In those wards where infections occurred before the first cases occurred and the chains of infection were curtailed, 40 percent of patients have become infected,” says Sally Leskinen. Now the spread has been stopped and no new surprising infections have been detected in hospitals. Family members of nursing staff have also become infected, which in turn has caused extensive exposure situations in schools.
The majority of nursing staff have already received two coronary vaccinations, but still in Kanta-Häme, 11 per cent of the staff of the hospital epidemic outpatient department have been infected. About half of the infected nursing staff have had symptoms, some of them more severe.
HS.fi report (in Finnish)
Helsinki Times report (In English)
** UPDATE 3rd August 2021 ** Eurosurveillance report:
“Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 occurred in almost every unit of the central hospital. Some exposed patients had been transferred to four of the six primary care facilities. In three of these four facilities, the outbreak spread through transfers that took place before the outbreak was detected. In the fourth facility, the transfer happened after outbreak detection and the exposed patient was quarantined and there was no further spread.”
The Kentucky Department for Public Health and a local health department investigated a COVID-19 outbreak in a skilled nursing facility that occurred after all residents and health care personnel had been offered vaccination. Among 83 residents and 116 health care personnel, 75 residents and 61 staff, respectively, received 2 vaccine doses. Twenty-six residents and 20 health care personnel received positive test results for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including 18 residents and four health care personnel who had received their second vaccine dose >14 days before the outbreak began.
An R.1 lineage variant was detected with whole genome sequencing. Although the R.1 variant has multiple spike protein mutations, vaccinated residents and HCP were 87% less likely to have symptomatic COVID-19 compared with those who were unvaccinated. Vaccination of skilled nursing facility populations, including health care personnel, is critical to reduce the risk for SARS-CoV-2 introduction, transmission, and severe outcomes in skilled nursing facilities.
After her first vaccination with Astrazeneca, the 43-year-old nurse Tina Sylvester Rohrmann from Nyborg was hit by blood clots in her lungs. She is sure that there is a connection with the vaccine. The doctors at OUH in Svendborg think the same, she says. The Funen nurse fully supports vaccines. Just not the one from Astrazeneca.
Avisendanmark report (paywall)
In a press release on Tuesday March 23, the Nantes public prosecutor evokes “the discovery at his Nantes home of the lifeless body of a medical student“. According to the prosecution, “the investigation established that the deceased had been vaccinated against Covid-19 at AstraZeneca on Monday March 8”.
According to the family lawyer, Anthony, Etienne Boittin, the autopsy which took place on Friday March 19 clearly establishes that the Nantes student Anthony Rio died of thrombosis, a venous disease caused by the formation of a clot blood. This is already what the suspected National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) in its update on vaccine surveillance on Monday, March 22.
Nine out of ten healthcare workers who contracted the coronavirus say they have long-term complaints after becoming infected with the disease.
According to the research platform Pointer, nearly 140,000 employees in the medical field tested positive for the coronavirus; 900 of whom had to be hospitalized. 30 healthcare workers died as a result of Covid-19 complications.
“We are talking about people who often did not have another choice and who risk their lives, often unprotected in order to help other people”, FNV, Kitty Jong said to the newspaper. “They are being punished for it in an especially cruel manner.”
The nurse from the state hospital in Zwettl was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Vienna General Hospital last weekend. The 49-year-old then died as a result of severe coagulation disorders. In order to clarify the cause of death of the nurse, an autopsy will be carried out at the Vienna General Hospital. The deceased had received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca in Lower Austria ten days before admission to the intensive care unit.
A 35-year-old colleague of the deceased was also in inpatient treatment in the internal department at the Zwettl State Hospital after her vaccination.