The COVID-19 outbreak continued a trend seen in recent weeks, with another small rebound. The community’s incidence rate has increased slightly (0.17%) and is now 174 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 173.7 cases registered 7 days ago. This is how the Community Acute Respiratory Infection Surveillance System (Sivira-CV) for the week of August 14-20 released by the Ministry of Health collected.
According to data collected for this bulletin, 21 of the 59 samples analyzed tested positive, a positive rate of 35.6 per cent according to data collected by the health department.
Infections have been on the rise in recent weeks and surpassed the decline seen in June. It must be taken into account that the incidence of coronavirus in primary care was 45 cases per 100,000 inhabitants from mid-July to the end of July.
Affected individuals had an average age of 80 years and, although not admitted to the ICU, spent an average of five days in the hospital.
Also included in this bulletin are cases of influenza, with 9.8 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the leading cause of bronchitis and bronchiolitis in children, with an incidence of 10.3.
The incidence of acute respiratory infections (ARI) in the Valencian community was higher than the national average (14.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 9.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
Infections registered in the Valencian community also showed an increase in morbidity. From July 28 to August 11, there were 3,220 cases confirmed by PCR testing or antigen testing, more than double the previous update of 1,549 infections, which also means an increase from 15 days ago. more than doubled.
The rise in COVID-19 cases has also been diverted to hospitals. Already four health centers have made face masks mandatory or recommended again. The first to respond was Dr. Pessett, who decided to use the protection a month and a half after the government declared the health crisis over and removed its use in hospitals and pharmacies. In the order, the administrator referred to the specific need for enhanced protective measures, in any case to follow the infection control recommendations of the Preventive Medicine and Occupational Risk Prevention Service based on each center’s risk assessment.
As cases have risen in recent weeks, Dr. Pessett has resumed the use of masks in four areas of the health center: the recovery room, intensive care unit, emergency room and oncology.
General Valencia has also made face masks mandatory in various areas of its facility, such as emergency rooms.
Sagunto Hospital has also ordered the use of masks in different areas. In the case of the Gandia centre, although there is no written order, the management has advised health staff to use this means of protection in the face of the rise in infections in recent weeks.