“Tirol tests” next weekend
From December 4th to 6th the motto is: “Tirol tests” voluntarily, free of charge and nationwide. Rapid antigen tests are carried out in the communities across Tyrol. Entrepreneurs and politicians welcome the tests as a means of fighting the virus and increasing planning security.
“I get tested and set a good example. With a view to the winter season, we must do everything we can to reduce the number of infections,” emphasizes Zammer SPÖ member of the state parliament, Benedikt Lentsch. Vice-President Anton Mattle (ÖVP) also expects a high level of participation in the voluntary mass tests: “If we break the chain of infection and bring the infection rate down, there will be a big sigh of relief before Christmas.”
However, criticism of the organization comes from FPÖ district coordinator Claus Aniballi. “The implementation of the mass tests should ensure blue-light organizations, community employees and associations. LH Platter did not mention a single word of cooperation from the state.” Nevertheless, he asks all citizens to participate in large numbers. “With that we may still be able to save the winter season.”
Logistical effort required
Intensive work is currently being carried out on organizing the implementation of the mass tests. The covid-19 test kits are distributed by the armed forces to the Tyrolean barracks, including the Landecker Pontlatzerkaserne. The fire brigades can then pick up the test kits and protective equipment for the respective communities there. In any case, this logistical feat has to be successful by Friday.
The Galtür Mayor Anton Mattle confirms that the communities are working intensively on the organization. In the Paznaun and St. Anton am Arlberg there were already mass tests of the population in the quarantine period in April. At that time, however, people had to remain seated in their vehicles during the test acceptance.
Work rests with the communities
This time the communities have their own test locations. In the city of Landeck, too, there was intensive work over the weekend. “The mayors of the planning association were informed by video conference from the state that these tests were taking place. All the work rests with the municipalities who provide the locations and search for staff,” explains interim city chief Thomas Hittler.
Despite the great organizational effort, he sees the test as positive and calls on the citizens of Landeck to take part. Around 30 people – community employees, emergency services and medical specialists – are required for the mass testing every day. Six test lines will be set up in the Landeck operations center over three days. “We also provide the town hall garage and the commuter parking lot free of charge. My thanks go to all emergency services and the medical staff who have reported,” said Hittler.
In the smaller communities, such as Kauns, tests are only carried out on one day (December 6th) and the population has been divided.
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