Concern over new coronavirus outbreaks in elderly residences in Tenerife
The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands yesterday notified 97 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19.
The total accumulated cases in the Canary Islands is 19,359
with 4,217 active, of which 45 are admitted to the ICU and 191 remain
hospitalised. The accumulated incidence at seven days in the Canary Islands
stood at 34.83 and at 14 days at 80.8.
Sadly, five more people have died: two in Tenerife (an
86-year-old woman associated with the outbreak at the Mirador de Ifara
residence and an 80-year-old man from the outbreak at Hospital Quirón de Santa
Cruz de Tenerife) and two in Gran Canaria (a 72-year-old woman and a
78-year-old man associated with the outbreak of the Tafira Socio-Health
Centre). In addition, as reported on Sunday, today the death of a fifth person
has increased the statistics. All these people presented multiple pathologies
and remained admitted to hospital centres.
By islands, Gran Canaria adds 20 new cases with a total of
9,105 accumulated and 1,477 epidemiologically active; Tenerife has 7,693
accumulated cases, 70 more than the previous day and 2,610 active. Lanzarote
does not add new cases and remains with 1,340 accumulated and 48
epidemiologically active; Fuerteventura has 851 accumulated cases with five
more cases than the previous day and 66 active. La Palma adds two new cases and
has 205 accumulated and nine active cases; La Gomera does not register new
cases, remaining at 98 accumulated and six active. For its part, El Hierro
without new cases, maintains its accumulated at 67 and one active.
To date, a total of 540,813 PCR tests have been carried out
in the islands, of which 2,228 correspond to Sunday.
Regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 in the residence of the
elderly in Vistabella (San Pancracio), in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it remains
stable and controlled, as there are no new cases, no deaths, or
The Ministry of Health assumed the management of the centre
to guarantee the protection of the health of the users, since 13 of the workers
in charge of attending to the residents tested positive for what they are
complying with the corresponding quarantine, and an investigation has been
initiated to analyse what happened.
For its part, in the Mirador de Ifara Residential Complex
for the Elderly, also in the capital of Tenerife, since November 10, a total of
25 positives have been confirmed: 19 residents and six workers. Of these 19
users, two have required hospital admission due to the worsening of their
health and one died/
This outbreak was detected on November 10, with four
residents and two workers, all with symptoms. After which, on the 12th, a PCR
was performed on their close contacts in the same plant, among which eight new
residents and two affected workers were detected. Next, the rest of the
residents and users of the center were screened, detecting seven residents and
two workers more infected with coronavirus.
In both cases, the Ministry of Health activated the
protocols within the first 24 hours from the detection of the first case,
isolating and screening the staff to detect asymptomatic cases, both among
users and workers and assuming, in the case of San Pancracio , care for the
elderly, to ensure their safety and health.