The Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government updated this Thursday the health alert levels after the epidemiological report of the General Directorate of Public Health, with consolidated data as of November 24, on the evolution of health indicators for COVID-19, which keep all the islands at the same alert level as they were. This means that Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (where La Graciosa is epidemiologically included) continue at alert level 2 and Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro on level 1, identified with the “green traffic light”.
In the entire territory of the Autonomous Community, between November 16 and 22, 1,696 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of around 34% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the week above, in which 1,270 cases were registered.
The average 7-day AI rate in the Canary Islands as a whole and by islands increased by around 42%, so that, from a daily average of 50.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 71.8 cases in this last week. The greatest rise is observed on the island of Gran Canaria, although in general the trend is increasing in the last 15 days in all the islands. This rise places Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote at a high risk level for this indicator; La Palma and La Gomera at medium risk; and El Hierro at a very low risk level.
The daily average 14-day AI rate increases in all the islands and, therefore, in the Autonomous Community as a whole, and continues to be at medium risk. Only La Palma and El Hierro are at low and very low risk for this indicator and in Fuerteventura the risk is high.
The evolution of the accumulated incidents responds to the general relaxation in the maintenance of non-pharmacological preventive measures (mask, physical distance, ventilation, hand washing) despite the fact that they have amply demonstrated their effectiveness. Therefore, the Ministry of Health insists on the need to maintain preventive measures to avoid risks of transmission of COVID-19.
Regarding the healthcare indicators, the daily average of conventional hospital beds occupied during the last week by COVID-19 patients increased by 34% compared to the previous week, with an average of 141 beds occupied, although the percentage of occupancy is at a low or very low risk level on each of the islands.
The number of occupied ICU beds maintains the slightly upward trend of the last two weeks, with an average in the Autonomous Community as a whole of 5.8% and low risk, which also occurs in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, while in the In the rest of the islands, this percentage of occupation is at very low risk.
The median age of all people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last 14 days is 65.5 years.
50% of the people admitted to critical care units diagnosed during the last 2 weeks had not received the complete vaccination schedule and 62.8% of the people admitted for COVID and diagnosed in the last 14 days had no previous pathologies, this percentage increases in unvaccinated patients in whom 77.8% had no other known pathologies.
Cumulative incidence in unvaccinated people
The cumulative incidence rate of COVID-19 cases in the last week is 2.6 times higher in the population that has not received any dose of vaccine compared to the rate in the population that has received the full regimen.
Evolution in Tenerife and Gran Canaria
The report also details that there is a growing evolution in the community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the Archipelago with the exception of La Gomera and El Hierro. This increase is rapid, with a percentage variation of the IA7d rate with respect to the 14-day rate higher than 58% on average.
At this time the pressure indicators in the hospital environment do not seem to exceed the capacities of the system, but its evolution will have to be monitored in order to provide an early and effective response. Therefore, although Gran Canaria and Tenerife present the transmission indicators in recent days at a high risk level, this week they will maintain their alert level 1 pending the assessment in the next period of the hospital pressure indicators and the application of the new criteria elaborated by the Presentation of Alerts and Preparedness and Response Plans, approved by the Public Health Commission of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System on November 23, 2021.