Isolation center in Las Tunas

Health authorities will reorganize the role of some of the centers that care for suspected or confirmed patients of COVID-19 in the eastern Cuban province of Las Tunas, to more efficiently use the available human and material resources.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- In this way, they said at the periodic meeting of the Temporary Group for the Control and Prevention of the disease, in the next few days, the Lenin campus of the University of Las Tunas will also begin to function as an isolation center for suspects of being infected with SARS-CoV-2; and, at the Medical University, the work will continue to expand its capacities to welcome new patients.

The objective, they explained, is that the main buildings with the status of isolation centers are along Carlos J. Finlay Avenue, east of the city of Las Tunas, which facilitates the transfer of all the required logistical assurance.

However, they clarified, actions will continue to also increase the beds available in the Simón Bolívar mixed center, located west of the provincial capital. There will be 96 more beds ready.

Yordanis Pupo, local director of Health, confirmed that Las Tunas continues to be the municipality with the most severe epidemiological situation. In fact, it accounts for 42 of the current 50 outbreaks. Specifically, Pupo added, the Health area of the Gustavo Aldereguía polyclinic shows the worst panorama. In the last 15 days, 47 autochthonous cases have been detected in that area, almost half of all those diagnosed in the provincial capital during this period. This places its incidence rate of confirmed patients at 88 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The municipal director of Health pointed out that, today, the most worrying scenarios are the open focus on 35th Street in the Alturas of Buena Vista district and the various cases detected at the headquarters of the Provincial Delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture. Both, in one place and another, he expressed, population studies continue to avoid greater evils.

The director of the Provincial Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology, Dr. Maykel Corrales, added that similar containment protocols are followed in the rest of the open foci, including those in which the mobility of residents has been limited, as happens in two rural communities in the municipality of Manatí. There, he assured, the necessary steps have been taken to provide its inhabitants with food or other necessities directly in their homes.

This Monday, the province of Las Tunas woke up with an accumulated of 838 positive cases for the new coronavirus, 182 imported and 656 indigenous. Since the beginning of the pandemic in Las Tunas soil, in March 2020, three people have died from COVID-19 for the lethality of 0.35 percent; 583 patients have received the clinical epidemiological discharge and 177, the clinical medical discharge.