The de-escalation impacts nursing homes in the Canary Islands

Archive image of the staff and users of the Taliarte residence during confinement. / C7

In Taliarte there are 51 residents and 27 workers positive for an outbreak declared at the end of March. In just one week, the virus entered 29 residences

Jesus Quesada

JESUS ​​QUESADA The Gran Canarian palms

The relaxation of the measures to contain the covid has been reflected in the residences for the elderly in the Canary Islandswhich during the month of March have recorded
about a thousand infectionsalmost the same as those recorded during the
sixth wave.

Precisely, at the end of March, it was detected in the
Taliarte nursing homein Gran Canaria, the first case of an outbreak that today keeps
78 people with active infection; 27 workers and 51 residents, as confirmed by the Ministry of Health. The same sources specified that, currently, there are two older people admitted to the Insular hospital, one of them "due to decompensation of his condition, with a mild clinical situation, and the other due to a fracture."

  • latest data
    In the week from March 28 to April 3, the virus entered 29 residences, with 284 infections and three deaths

  • Upturn
    Between February 27 and April 3, 954 residents were infected, of whom seven died

  • Lethality
    0.7% of infected users in March died. Until the sixth wave, the lethality in these centers was 31%.

the total number of users affected by the outbreak amounts to 66since fifteen of the infected people have made the infection negative.

The focus was detected after a search carried out at the end of March in the southern area of ​​the residence, with a part of public management and another private. Fortunately, most of those infected have been
mild and asymptomatic casesaccording to Isabel Mena, Counselor for Social Policy of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.

In addition, the outbreak has caused a drastic reduction in the workforce. According to Mena,
a total of 50 workers from the Taliarte residence are on sick leave, either because they were positive or because they had to isolate themselves after having had close contact with an infected person. This decrease in the workforce is causing problems to cover casualties.

On the other hand, the elimination of bubble groups, which limited the number of people who could participate in a group activity to 20, could also have contributed to the spread of the virus among residents.

Virus outbreak in residences

The relaxation of prevention measures has allowed covid to enter in just one week.
29 residences for the elderly in the Canary Islandsas stated in
the latest report on the evolution of the virus in residential centers prepared by the Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (Imserso), the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES) and the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII).

The document indicates that, in the week
from March 28 to April 4,
329 people were infected in the social health centers of the Canary Islands, of which 284 contracted the virus in nursing homes. This week,
three users died with infection on the islands.

Evolution of the covid in the social health residences of the Canary Islands.


Evolution of the covid in the social health residences of the Canary Islands. /


The rebound in cases coincides with the relaxation of measures against covid. A) Yes,
between February 27 and April 3, in the residences for the elderly in the Canary Islands
seven deaths of infected people and 954 infectionswhile in the sixth wave, between December and February, just over a thousand residents were infected.

Fatality reduction

Fortunately, the big difference between the last epidemic wave and this recent spike in cases in nursing homes has been the
lethality. Thus, between last December and February, in the socio-health centers of the archipelago for the elderly, 1,023 infections and 17 deaths were reported, that is, 1.6% of those infected died, while in March, seven people died in residences , reducing lethality to 0.7%.

Since the start of the pandemic
Until April 3, in the Canary Islands 2,579 users of nursing homes have been infected, of which 126 diedaccording to data from the latest update on the impact of the coronavirus on social health centers.

Before the sixth waveamong the users of the residences for the elderly in the archipelago, it had been confirmed
293 positive, of which 93 diedthat is, 31.7% of those infected in that period.

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