"I blame the ARS." Olivier Richefou, the president of the departmental council of Mayenne, accuses, in a press release on Monday, the Regional Health Agency of “stigmatizing” his department by publishing “alarmist figures” on the situation of Covid 19. According to him, they do not do not reflect "the health reality".
“By continuing to publish alarmist figures, without putting into perspective and decorrelated from the results of other departments, the ARS (Pays de la Loire) continues to stigmatize Mayenne even more in the eyes of the French and our European neighbors. As evidenced by the recent decision of Belgium which places our department in the red list, ”lamented Olivier Richefou (UDI), while specifying“ not at all blaming the Belgians ”but“ blaming the ARS ”.
According to him, “the ARS suggests that the situation in Mayenne would be uncontrolled, whereas on the contrary all the health measures, in particular those concerning the wearing of the mask, are taken, respected and applied scrupulously by the population. "
"No person in intensive care"
He believes that the evolution of the figures for a week shows that "we manage to control the health situation". In addition, he stresses that "Mayenne has no person in intensive care and that the number of deaths has remained stable since the start of the crisis and well below the national average".
Last Friday, the Pays de la Loire ARS identified 17 people hospitalized in the Covid department of the Laval hospital center, France Bleu notes. Since May 13, more than 1,100 people have tested positive in the department. And the epidemic indicators are on the decline: the incidence rate has dropped from 125 to 111 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 7 days and the positivity rate from 3% to 2.6%.
Mandatory mask wearing
Since Monday, the mask is mandatory in all public places of 69 municipalities of Mayenne, department where the indicators "confirm the active circulation of the virus", according to a decision of the prefecture of Mayenne.
Several new outbreaks of Covid-19 were identified last week in the department, mainly affecting businesses and vulnerable or precarious people in social or medico-social structures.
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The department had launched several communication operations to mitigate the impact of the health crisis on the tourism sector. Attempts that the department fears weakened by this negative media coverage. Through the operation of the “Heroes' Rest” to thank caregivers, more than 200 stays in Mayenne were offered, for example.