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    Ciego de Ávila maintains control of COVID-19

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    Mantiene Ciego de Ávila el control de la COVID-19

    Population studies in areas with a history of epidemiological complexities, places with higher population density and objectives of economic and social interest, facilitate the control of the COVID-19 pandemic in the territory of Ciego de Ávila.

    The priorities for carrying out RT-PCR tests are established by specialists from the Provincial Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology (CPHE) and its municipal offices, Dr. Eduardo Artiles Pardo, a master's degree in Infectious Diseases at the service of that entity explained.

    He recommended accompanying said actions with the increase and rigor in active investigations in neighborhoods and work centers, guarantees to prevent and control the disease, considering the permanence of difficulties in the municipalities of Florencia, Chambas and Bolivia.

    In the last fifteen days, the territory of Florencia has maintained a high rate of infestation, with a rate of 129.6 per hundred thousand inhabitants that places it on the scale of greatest risk. Moreover, it contrasts with the rest of the localities even with the 13.1 exhibited by the province, he particularized.

    The Molecular Biology Laboratory, located in the Roberto Rodríguez Fernández Provincial General Teaching Hospital, processes more than 460 samples for RT-PCR tests daily, a figure consistent with the health situation and the needs derived from tourist operations in the Jardines del Rey destination, he said.

    Artiles Pardo explained that sanitary control is being strengthened at the international airport and in hotel facilities the monitoring of travelers and service personnel continues, through multidisciplinary teams (doctors, nurses and epidemiologists), and investigations when workers arrive.

    The performance of other examinations in the guard corps is maintained, including the antigen tests; and more than twenty acute respiratory infections (ARI) consultations remain active, distributed among hospitals and health areas.

    In the current circumstances, the province reduced to 165 the capacities for the isolation of suspicious patients; contacts are indicated home admission until the RT-PCR examination is carried out on the fifth day and, if they present symptoms, they are transferred to their own places, he explained.

    For patients without complications, 20 beds remain in rehabilitation rooms, while 327 beds are allocated to high-risk patients, distributed between the Roberto Rodríguez and Antonio Luaces Iraola provincial hospitals, and the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the provincial capital.

    The physician insisted on the impact of the immunization program on disease control, considering that 94 percent of the subjects to be vaccinated completed their inoculation schedule and progress is being made in the application of the booster dose.

    In the coming days, the first doses of Soberana Plus should arrive to begin immunization in convalescent children older than two years and with two months or more of medical discharge, Dr. José Luis López González, deputy director of the Department of Epidemiology of the CPHE, alleged.