Coronavirus, red area in the San Raffaele-Pisana cluster: infections increase to 55

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first case in May

Fourteen new cases were added to the 41 already identified among patients, operators and discharged. A single elderly patient has infected 9 family members and one hundred swabs are in effect alone

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Fourteen new cases were added to the 41 already identified among patients, operators and discharged. A single elderly patient has infected 9 family members and one hundred swabs are in effect alone

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Never let your guard down. In the capital, an outbreak broke out at the IRCSS San Raffaele alla Pisana which reached a total of 55 people infected with the coronavirus with the 14 new positives of 9 June. The Rome Public Prosecutor has instructed the Nas to carry out a preventive investigation to determine whether to open an investigation file. The Nas will have to ascertain the authorization principles of the structure, the hygienic-sanitary situation and the organization in relation to the entrances, exits, the presence of individual protection devices, substances and machinery for sanitization. From 5 June the red zone has been arranged, with the insulation of the structure, from which you can enter and exit only if authorized by the ASL Roma 3.

The first case is a facility physiotherapist
Who are the 55 infected? This was explained by the Lazio Region Councilor for Health, Alessio D’Amato: “There are 24 patients transferred, one is a deceased patient, 9 are employees of the facility and 7 are external”. To these were added 14 cases, which are the tail of the outbreak, linked to the tests on contacts of positive cases. On 9 June the region communicated the death of a second patient residing in the province of Rieti at the spoke in Casal Palocco, who had carried out rehabilitation at the Institute. The commissioner explained that the first case dates back to early May. It is an operator of the facility, a physiotherapist. The operator would have returned to work after 14 days of isolation and two negative swabs, without contact tracing being activated. Also targeted are some patients discharged on 29 May and not checked during hospitalization, positive results with some relatives. “At the moment, the outbreak is limited”, explained the councilor, recalling that “this outbreak shows that the level of attention must not be lowered and the protocols must be respected”. Among the positive patients there is an elderly person who has infected 9 relatives: 100 tampons are being used for him only, extended to all the people who have had contact with him and his family.

An epidemiological investigation is also underway
“The epidemiological investigation is underway first of all on the organizational procedures and care pathways – said the extraordinary commissioner of the ASL Roma 3, Giuseppe Quintavalle – to identify a possible criticality that may have facilitated the spread of the virus among the departments in the face of the prevention taken. At the moment, the most accepted hypothesis of the index case relates to some health workers, but the epidemiological investigation is awaiting conclusion “. Quintavalle confirmed the death of a patient “suffering from multiple diseases, positive for the nasopharyngeal swab”.

1,800 tests between patients discharged and close contacts and 1,400 between operators and patients
As part of the measures to contain the outbreak, case management and their tracking, the Lazio Region has planned to carry out over 1,800 tests between the discharged and their close contacts and 1,400 on operators and patients. The Forlanini drive-in was stormed, with very long queues and waits to carry out the serological tests arranged for all patients discharged from the facility since 18 May and for all their contacts. An assault that forced the police to close the stretch of road in front of the entrance for an hour to avoid gatherings. Of the first 702 tests at the drive-in carried out between the discharged and their contacts in five were positive. Elena, 72 years old, waiting for six hours, was summoned to the Forlanini drive-in because her daughter made an investigation in the last few days at the San Raffaele Pisana: «I am a certain age and I am exhausted. They could have summoned people by dividing them into several days, avoiding these endless expectations ».

The silent contagion caused by the asymptomatic
“The virus remains for a long time in the carriers and subtle chains of contagion made by asymptomatics can propagate silently and enter hospitals”, as in the case of the IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana in Rome, where a new cluster of contagions, explained Pierluigi Lopalco, professor of hygiene at the University of Pisa and coordinator of the Covid emergency management in Puglia, at the Agorà broadcast on Rai 3. For the epidemiologist, “we must first keep hospitals and RSA safe, where there are more fragile people “and the coronavirus spreads more easily. «If we can do this, a silent circulation of the virus in the population does not create particular damage to the health system. Because if we have a limited outbreak like that of San Raffaele, we realize it in time and the problem is solved ».



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