Las Tunas reached 800 positive cases for SARS-CoV-2 on April 23rd

April continues to add COVID-19 positive cases, and with those diagnosed on Friday, the 207 detected in March were surpassed.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- Thus, the province faces the most complex epidemiological scenario since the beginning of the pandemic, to which the evident dispersion of cases in the territory is added, while new positives were detected in four or more municipalities during the same day.

Dr. Gregory Pérez Héctor, deputy director of Health, said that the provincial capital, Manatí and Jobabo achieve the highest incidence. There are also diagnosed cases in Puerto Padre, Majibacoa, "Colombia" and "Amancio". "Although 'Jesús Menéndez' does not report positives, it was decided to carry out population studies in those places where the acute respiratory infections (ARIs) increase, to verify the veracity of this silence."

He pointed out that there is an increase in symptoms, so the Health personnel in charge of conducting active inquiries in the communities must guarantee that there are no people in the houses with respiratory or subjective manifestations of the disease.

In all health areas, he said, there are consultations to assist the ARIs, where the resources to provide medical care are allocated. Patients with clinical and epidemiological criteria, mainly those who are positive to the antigen test, are admitted to the isolation centers for suspects. There, the treatment is applied, as if they were positive, to act with opportunity.

“In the week, 1,918 samples for real-time PCR were studied, and 67 were positive; 10 of them were travelers, which show the rise in recent days in imported cases, mainly arriving from Russia," he commented.

There are currently 24 facilities for the isolation of travelers, contacts, and suspects, besides one designed to treat asymptomatic patients. The neighboring province of Holguín continues to take care of those confirmed with symptoms.

The doctor reaffirmed the need for the population to be more responsible in compliance with the adopted measures. The obligatory use of the facemask, the physical distancing, the permanent disinfection of hands and surfaces are elementary questions.

The province has studied 42,669 samples, of which 816 tested positive for a positivity rate of 1.9 percent; and although it is still one of the lowest in the country, "we cannot trust ourselves." There are already 80 children under 18 who have been diagnosed, therefore, extreme care must be taken with infants, he explained.

While all forecasts point to an increase in the number of infected persons in this eastern province, the epidemiologists insist that these predictions can be modified if the people of Las Tunas acts responsibly.