September 19, 2020

The Insular Hospital limits the income in one of its plants due to a Covid outbreak – La Provincia


An outbreak of Covid-19 on the fourth floor of the Insular University Hospital of Gran Canaria, with seven patients and three affected health workers, has forced to limit the admissions in the North wing – dedicated to Nephrology and Palliative Care-. This was confirmed yesterday by the Regional Executive Health Department. As indicated by the health administration itself, it was during the day on Saturday when a patient noted symptoms associated with the disease, which led health professionals to perform a PCR test, which allowed evidence of the presence of the virus.

This fact made it necessary to screen the whole plant and, finally, these infections were detected. The affected patients were transferred to floor 8 of the Canarian Maternal and Child University Hospital, a space that has been enabled for this group of patients since the beginning of this pandemic. The rest of the people admitted to the affected area of ​​the Insular remain in isolation. For their part, health workers suffering from the condition are in quarantine.

It should be noted that the center took all the necessary actions to control the outbreak within 24 hours, according to the Ministry. “The study of contacts is being carried out through the corresponding traces and the origin of the outbreak is being studied,” said the same source. Therefore, until the investigation is completed, no new entries will be allowed into the plant.

Based on the latest data released yesterday, the Canary Islands have 6,610 active cases of coronavirus -208 more in the last 24 hours-, of which 96% are mild or asymptomatic, and follow a control in their homes by health professionals. The number of hospitalized patients rises to 260, of which 202 are admitted to the ward -2 more than on Saturday-, and in the ICU they rose from 56 to 58 yesterday. In the last day, 239 new infections were registered and there are already 10,650 people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Islands since the pandemic began in March.

56.6% of the infections registered in the Archipelago are located in Gran Canaria, with 6,038 cases of which 134 were registered this Sunday. Tenerife follows with 2,970 -28% -, after registering 58 more coronavirus positives yesterday. Lanzarote ranks third with 943, ten more on the last day; Fuerteventura has 36 and there are already 459 affected by the pandemic on the Island; La Palma with one more counts 172; and El Hierro and La Gomera remain at 45 and 23 infections, respectively.

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