With 2,931 positives COVID-19 By molecular or antigen testing, new cases have been reported on the same day since an epidemic was reported last Thursday, December 16, March 2020, this Sunday confirmed the Chief Epidemiologist of the Department of Health, Dr. Melissa Murson. .
Although the agency has received confirmation of three cases Omigron Using the genetic sequence, the epidemiologist explained it This week, a further 158 positive samples were identified with characteristics associated with the new variant., Which will be sorted and added to another 49 already in the analysis. Newer models include cases of hospitalized patients.
In addition, the company will order samples of those who died after being infected with SARS-CoV-2. Salute has already pointed out that while the Delta is a major variation from the resurgence in July this year, it will be replaced by Omigran in Puerto Rico.
“Of course, Omigron will soon become the number one social broadcaster and the rate at which it grows.”, Marzán replied New day This Sunday.
In the last seven days, 9,350 cases have been reported in the first phase between molecular and antigen testing, with an average of 1,335 cases daily, “this would be a new record number for us,” the epidemiologist explained.
Considering the rapid increase in infections, Marzon said “Social activities in general need to be re-evaluated”. He was also instrumental in defining the recommendations made to Health Secretary Carlos Melloto and Governor Pedro Pierre Luizi, the chief medical officer of health. The archaeologist pointed out that Iris Cardona also attended meetings of the Scientific Alliance.
The Coalition met yesterday at an emergency meeting to formulate new recommendations. Last week a panel of scientists recommended – and approved by Marzan – a booster dose established as a requirement for entry into companies and events, although to date it has not been implemented. Marzán added that he supports “postponing unnecessary social activities.” At least for this week.
The increase in reflection cases at the island level with a positive rate of 12.4% until noon was noticeable in the various trial cases for the detection of Govt-19 infections. For example, in the tent in front of Health Headquarters, 613 tests were performed today, of which 87 tests were initially positive or 14% positive. In another event in Mayagüez, out of a total of 337 trials, 34 yielded positive results or a 10% positive ratio. Similarly, at a test event at Hiram Pithorn Stadium in San Juan on Saturday, there were 129 positives out of 1,289 with a 10% positive rate.
“We continue to test cases, and I think it should be a priority to identify as many cases as possible, and begin to isolate cases,” Marzan said, adding that since yesterday, prosecution systems and contact tracking. Implementing new isolation rules for close contact of victims.
“Given the increase in these cases, it is important to prevent the spread of the virus in communities,” he said. Positive cases should be isolated for at least ten days, while those in close contact should complete seven days of isolation with a molecular test on the fifth day, 14 days if the person has been vaccinated or has received the vaccine booster or has not been vaccinated. The cases identified to date respond to a number of exposure scenarios, including corporate Christmas parties, Merson said.
“This is a good time to consider strategies such as promoting long-distance work so that work can continue,” he said. Warning. For example, if an employee does a positive test and attends a party with his co-workers, many of them should be isolated, which will prevent them from working in person.
Despite the dramatic recurrence, the clinical impact or severity of the Omigran cases is not yet certain, so health professionals and scientists are still focusing on the daily development of this new stage of infection.
“Of course that’s a question we still can’t answer definitively, because hospital admissions are standard and we don’t need to see an impact on hospital admissions,” Marzan said. Most cases are found in people between the ages of 20 and 29 and in other young groups, and they are less likely to be affected by the severe effects of the acute phase of the disease due to SARS-CoV-2. “To the extent that this group encourages the spread to other ages, that panorama may change,” the epidemiologist warned.