St. Augustin - According to current test results, 130 people were infected with SARS-CoV-2 in refugee home in St. Augustin near Bonn. The remaining 170 or so residents were not infected, as tests had shown, said spokeswoman for the Cologne district government today. "But when people live together in confined space, the risk of getting infected is always higher." Many young people and families lived in the facility.
All community activities have long since been canceled and residents are encouraged to adhere to the rules of distance. However, individual residents do not always do this. "They are not locked up people," the spokeswoman clarified. Every now and then there are also communication problems.
Those who tested negative and positive would now be housed separately from each other. The outdoor areas are also separate. The food is only consumed in the rooms. In order to reduce the occupancy and to create more space, 61 residents who tested negative have already been moved to another accommodation. More would possibly soon be accommodated in an empty youth hostel.
There was criticism from the Greens. "We have asked several times to test these homes," said Horst Becker, member of the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament, to the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. It is now clear that it happened much too late.
The rapid spread of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus is not uncommon in refugee homes. In North Rhine-Westphalia alone, two facilities have already been more severely affected. In Euskirchen, for example, more than 50 people tested positive, in Mettmann near Düsseldorf there were more than 30 positive cases in refugee home.
In the past, the federal states have tried to prevent the virus from spreading with tests, quarantine, curb tightened hygiene measures and the closure of group rooms. Children sometimes have to forego classes and group care in the dormitories. Attempts have also been made to inform the residents of the accommodation in different languages.