At the retirement home in Weyhe, in the district of Diepholz, many residents became infected with coronavirus – despite being vaccinated. Employees of the facility also fell ill with COVID-19.
A total of 86 men and women live in the home. According to a district spokeswoman, 52 of them have so far been infected with the delta variant of the coronavirus. All but one had been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, six months have passed since then and protection may be waning, said Ulrike Tammen, Diepholz district councillor. In addition, there have been 14 reported cases of infection among the facility’s employees. Not all of them were vaccinated. However, they were tested daily for coronavirus, according to district authorities.
Many nursing home residents ended up in the hospital
The facility has reported new cases of coronavirus infection almost daily for about two weeks. As of August 25, a total of nine residents have already had to be hospitalized. Some of them are still in intensive care units – four of them have already been discharged. “Vaccination cannot prevent infection,” said Diepholz district health authority head Daniel Tabeling. At the same time, he pointed out that the outbreak in Weyhe has a much milder course compared to similar cases last winter.
Visits to Weyhe are still possible
After initially announcing that the house had been quarantined, the county authorities have now announced that the impact on residents’ lives should be as minimal as possible, and that visits are still possible. The county health office is monitoring the situation and is in constant contact with the relevant national authorities.