DISTRICT KUFSTEIN (bfl). It is being tested, including in the Kufstein district. The communities in the region are preparing differently for the upcoming test weekend. All citizens aged six and over are invited to take part in the voluntary rapid antigen tests to contain the coronavirus, from December 4th to 6th. It is hoped that the mass tests will reveal undetected corona infections and break the chains of infection.
The municipalities informed about this in advance online and via letters that they sent to the citizens. However, how exactly the citizens are divided up and when and where tests are carried out – this varies in the district. Most municipalities rely on a division according to districts or streets. The organization is particularly complex for “the big ones” in the district: Kufstein divides up according to electoral districts, while Wörgl allocates time blocks “by surname”.
Kufstein is planning twenty test roads
The city of Kufstein is currently planning five test locations, namely the Kufstein Arena, Kultur Quartier, Sparchen 1 kindergarten, Endach kindergarten and Tyrolean vocational school. “We are currently assuming twenty test roads and are organizing them, those in the arena are almost finished. We hope that the state will provide us with sufficient material for these twenty test roads, as only nine were planned by the state in Kufstein,” explains Bgm Martin Krumschnabel across from the DISTRICT LEAVES.
It has been divided according to electoral districts, and these have been combined in such a way that the number of eligible voters corresponds to the test capacities. According to the city’s will, there should be twenty testing options on three days, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to Krumschnabel, there shouldn’t be any traffic jams. “Of course there can be peaks, but we definitely need the help and patience of the population,” said the mayor. 140 people have registered as medical personnel in Kufstein, plus more than 25 doctors. In addition, there are up to forty employees from the city and the municipal utilities as well as a similar number of people from the fire brigade and emergency organizations as well as volunteers from associations that support the steward service.
If Kufstein can actually implement the planned twenty test roads (the state decides in this case), one could theoretically do 6,000 tests per day, for a total of 18,000. Just over 20,000 people could come because they live in Kufstein and are over six years old. “Those are theoretical figures, but people work and that’s why I see 15,000 tests as feasible,” said Krumschnabel.
Wörgl assigns blocks of appointments by surname
“On the part of the municipality, we have to assume from an organizational (…) point of view that all citizens of Wörgl from the age of 6 will accept the test offer”, Wörgl’s mayor Hedi Wechner explains the starting point for the planning. Wörglers have the opportunity to be tested on the three mentioned days from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at one of the test locations in the Federal School Center Wörgl (BRG) or at the VZ Komma. Wörgl specifies different blocks of appointments, the test locations are divided by the first letter of the surname. According to the city’s recommendation, Friday morning should be reserved for senior citizens for the tests.
Münster divides according to districts
A prime example of the type of division that most municipalities choose is provided by Münster, where the division for the tests took place last Friday. Like many others, the municipality has already sent the information to the citizens with an official notification. The tests will take place in the event center of the village, with the division according to districts and house numbers – every half hour. On Friday morning there will also be a “senior morning”. In order to avoid traffic jams and to allow the distance rules to be held, there is a spacious waiting area outside the test location. According to Mayor Werner Entner, there are enough volunteers in Münster. Doctors, qualified personnel and nursing assistants were assigned for testing and evaluation. A maximum of fifty percent participation is currently expected in Münster.
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