Gallera: six outbreaks blocked thanks to anti-Covid protocols

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MILAN (5 July 2020) – “The Anticovid protocols, implemented by ATS Valpadana in collaboration with general practitioners, occupational doctors and companies, have made it possible to suffocate 6 outbreaks before they even spread: 1500 swabs performed, 70 people positive, of which 58 residing in Lombardy, 54 in the Province of Mantua and 4 in the Province of Cremona “.

This was stated by the Councilor for Welfare of the Lombardy Region Giulio Gallera, illustrating the activities of the local Health Protection Agency which, following some reports, has carried out intense control, tracking, surveillance and prevention activities in the last two weeks, in particular in the context of 6 production companies in the area competence.

“The first 4 cases were related to two families – explains Gallera – who triggered the ‘concentric circles strategy’: immediate buffers to direct parental contacts, then to friends and colleagues close to the reported cases and, finally, to all workers of the companies involved. The action was carried out by the Prevention and Safety Service in the workplace, together with the special Continuity of Assistance units that carried out the molecular tests on site “.

Similar interventions have also been launched for subsequent reports.

“The protocol provides for the isolation and handling of positive cases – adds Gallera – the temporary closure of the production activity and the sanitization of the environments, the reopening of the company in total safety”.

In the cases of slaughterhouses and delicatessens, the ATS Valpadana directed by Salvatore Mannino has also activated the Veterinary Service for the necessary checks.

“This new phase – concludes Councilor Gallera – is characterized by the strengthening of monitoring and surveillance activities in the territory throughout Lombardy, by the ATS: carpet swabs following reports from GPs or employers ; continuous monitoring of the environments (municipalities, hamlets, neighborhoods, condominium or working realities) where the cases occurred with the swab and, if necessary, the serological test “.


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