COVID-19 in Las Tunas

The Ministry of Public Health reported a new positive case for COVID-19 in the town of San Manuel, in the health area of the Rafael Izquierdo polyclinic, in Puerto Padre; thus there are already 12 in the province.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- Dr. Diego Álvarez Dopazo, director of the Provincial Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology, said that she is a female 23-year-old patient, who was accompanying her daughter, admitted to the respiratory ward of the Raymundo Castro pediatric hospital.

On April 17, the nasopharyngeal exudate was performed as part of the focus control around the six-month-old COVID-19 positive infant announced in previous days. She was always asymptomatic. After the diagnosis, the young mother was referred to the Holguín hospital, according to the indications.

Although she maintained contact with the aforementioned infant, who may have been her source of contagion, the epidemiological survey is still going deeper. The contacts in the community were admitted to the isolation centers, as well as the personnel in charge of caring for her little girl. In total, 40 people are kept under surveillance.

The girl was also taken the sample for real-time PCR whose result is pending, and now she is isolated in the premises set up for this purpose at the Mártires de Las Tunas pediatric hospital.

In this province, 70 suspects of the disease remain in isolation centers; 255 between contacts and national travelers are also isolated in the premises set up for that purpose.

On Tuesday, 57 rapid tests were carried out for a cumulative of 2,695. 392,190 people were also investigated, and 109 people with respiratory symptoms were detected, two of whom were referred for admission.

Health authorities insist on the need to maintain social isolation, taking into account the significant number of contacts around those who tested positive. This evinces the non-compliance with the indicated measures and the insufficient perception of risk in the population.