From Il Messaggero, via Google Translate about the Italian (but Ladin-speaking) town of Ortisei in the beautiful Dolomite Alps of South Tyrol.
Coronavirus, here is the miracle of Ortisei in Val Gardena: a partial immunity of flock has already been acquired
Saturday 18 April 2020
A splendid place, among the most enchanting in Italy. And that now could acquire further charm as a holiday resort for this summer, which promises to be difficult for those few who will be lucky enough to travel. Because 49% of the population of Ortisei, in Val Gardena , is immune to coronavirus . The discovery was made by Dr. Simon Kostner who, as a volunteer, is carrying out serological tests in the “Balance” health and wellness center of a hotel in the heart of the postcard country. The mountain resort, historic destination for summer and winter holidays, has already acquired a partial immunity of flock against the virus. 456 people between the ages of 20 and 59 were tested and the result was surprising: 49 percent tested positive. The tests had been started for the hotel staff, then they were extended to the population with an expense contribution of 30 euros per person. Perhaps, even unconsciously, these people contracted Covid-19 , as two thirds of those tested said they never had symptoms.
Ortisei is in the Val Gardena, which is said to be majority Ladin speaking. Ladin is, apparently, a sort of Hillbilly Latin related to Romansch in Switzerland. The town is known as Urtijëi in Ladin and St. Ulrich in German.
South Tyrol is the basically Austrian region that Mussolini and the other Italians constantly tried to conquer during the Great War. Wikipedia explains:
According to 2014 data based on the 2011 census, 62.3% of the population speaks German (Standard German in the written form and an Austro-Bavarian dialect in the spoken form); 23.4% of the population speaks Italian, mainly in and around the two largest cities (Bolzano and Merano); 4.1% speaks Ladin, a Rhaeto-Romance language; 10.2% of the population (mainly recent immigrants) speaks another language as first language.
A representative Italian from the South Tyrol is Reinhold Messner, perhaps the greatest mountain climber of all time.
Austria, unlike Italy, has done impressively well fighting CV.
Unfortunately, I can’t find anything about deaths in this town.
Also, I haven’t seen this 49% figure in any other articles. So who knows how much validity to grant this one article?