The elderly who have received the two doses will be able to see their relatives up to three times a week

María Isabel Barrera, fifth vaccinated at the El Pino de Gran Canaria Social Health Center.  |  |  EFE / QUIQUE CURBELO

María Isabel Barrera, fifth vaccinated at the El Pino de Gran Canaria Social Health Center. | | EFE / QUIQUE CURBELO

Users of residences for the elderly in the Canary Islands will be able to see more of their relatives. And the fact is that the regional government has made the visiting and outing regime more flexible, both in centers that serve the elderly and people with disabilities, once the vaccination process of their residents and workers has been completed. This is reflected in a new order of the Health and Social Policies departments that was published yesterday in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC) that contains the different criteria established based on the different levels of alert for covid that are or will come into force soon in the Islands.

As reported by the regional health area this week, in the Archipelago the inoculation of group 1 – users and workers of social health centers – that started on December 27 has been completed -99.5% -. Thus, on the islands with alert level 1 –La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro– and level 2 –Lanzarote and La Graciosa–, the resident who has completed the vaccination process has the right to receive up to three weekly visits from a duration not exceeding one hour and by appointment. Although it includes the possibility of being expandable in number and time, according to the characteristics of each center, with up to two people simultaneously – within a maximum group of ten different visitors per user.

In the case of the islands at alert levels 3 – Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura from tomorrow – and 4, up to two weekly visits are authorized, which may not exceed one hour in the case of vaccinated residents.

The new standard, already published in the BOC, is subject to epidemiological evolution

If they have not received the two doses of the antidote, at any of the alert levels, users will only be able to see one of their loved ones once a week, for 60 minutes and in a specific and differentiated area from those who have. finished with the process.

On the other hand, in alert levels 1 and 2, in the case of vaccinated people, “departures and overnight stays will be allowed without time limitation except those collected by the organization of the center itself”, as well as “departures that are part of the psychosocial rehabilitation activities and personal autonomy ”.

In the other two levels “exits only to outdoor spaces will be allowed” for an unlimited time in the case of 3; while they should be avoided, “except for therapeutic walks”, in those islands that are in the 4.

Older residents not vaccinated and at alert level 1, will be allowed to leave for a limited time, as well as those that are part of psychosocial rehabilitation activities and personal autonomy or daytime activities at the family home.

Health notifies 237 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths in the last 24 hours

At level 2, they will be able to go out only to outdoor spaces, although outings that are part of psychosocial rehabilitation and personal autonomy activities are authorized, in both cases for a limited time. In addition, trips to the family home are discouraged. For those not vaccinated in residences at alert levels 3 or 4, only therapeutic walks are allowed.

The order establishes that, in general, diagnostic tests will not be carried out at the exit and re-entry of inoculated residents, while in the case of the unvaccinated, it will be decided based on the profile of the exit and the epidemiological situation of the island. For new admissions, vaccination will be guaranteed sufficiently in advance.

According to the regulations published in the BOC, these new measures “are subject to epidemiological changes” that may occur in the region where 237 new cases of Covid-19 were registered yesterday, with which there are 44,625 that are counted in the Archipelago since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, Health reported the death of four people due to the virus, which places the total number of deaths at 644.

Currently, 4,221 citizens are still infected with SARS-CoV-2. Of these, 359 remain hospitalized: 72 in intensive care units and 287 in the hospital ward. In contrast, 39,760 people have overcome the disease, after 49 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours.

The order establishes that tests will not be carried out upon exit and re-entry of inoculated users

Of the 237 infections reported in the autonomous community, 97 were registered in Tenerife, which accumulates 18,812 since the beginning of the health crisis, of which 2,235 are still active. The island is the one with the greatest presence of the virus at the moment –53% of all patients in the region are concentrated in its territory–, although Gran Canaria was the one with the highest number of daily infections. Specifically, there were 122 that raise the general count of the Island to 18,367, despite the fact that the tables in progress are 1,620.

Lanzarote added another three positive diagnoses to its global figure, which already stands at 4,559; while that of assets is 79. For its part, Fuerteventura has 1,919 accumulated cases, 14 more than the previous day, and 256 people are still affected by the pathogen.

La Palma registered another contagion that increases the total number to 446 since the outbreak of the pandemic. On the island there are 22 paintings in progress still. El Hierro, which did not add any case of coronavirus, maintains its accumulated at 300 and its assets at four. The same happened in La Gomera, which continues with a general count of 222 positive diagnoses and five infected.


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