This is the rolling coronavirus story for Friday 20 November 2020
Stats for the last 24 hours - 309 more cases and 3 more deaths
Almería once again surpasses the barrier of 300 infections and adds three deaths
The daily data hit, again, the province
It happens again. The province once again surpasses the hard barrier of 300 infections in the last 24 hours and has to mourn three more deaths.
According to data from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA), Almería registered a total of 309 positives confirmed by PCR and antigen tests this last day, 70 more than last Thursday.
Despite these figures, the province ranks as the fourth Andalusian territory with the fewest infections in recent hours.
A total of 3,673 cases are registered throughout Andalusia, 377 more than those recorded the day before. Seville repeats for the ninth consecutive day as the province with the most daily positives with 855, followed by Cádiz with 789 and Granada with 508. The rest of the provinces register less than 500 cases: Malaga with 447, Almería with 309, Jaén with 276, Huelva with 257 and Córdoba with 232.
The deaths in the Andalusian community have also increased in this last day: 55 deaths from coronavirus, six more than those registered last Thursday.
Three of them occur in the province, which already has 195 deaths infected with Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
This Friday Córdoba is the province that registers the most deaths, with eleven, followed by Malaga with ten, Granada with nine, Seville with eight, Jaén with seven, Cádiz with five, Almería with three and Huelva with two.
Among the positive aspects of the day, it should be noted that the Junta de Andalucía has reported this Friday that hospital pressure is falling in the province, something that will be verified when knowing the data offered by the Ministry of Health in its daily part.
The provincial delegate of Health, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, assured this Thursday that the coronavirus outbreaks declared in recent weeks in towns of the Levante-Alto Almanzora Health District are not worrisome and are already under control.
Cumulative stats from the Almería 360 website
Contingency plan implemented at the Poniente hospital
Health activates the contingency plan against Covid in the Hospital de Poniente
Only urgent surgical and oncological interventions are maintained, in addition to major and minor surgery that does not require subsequent admission
The evolution of the pandemic in the West of Almeria and the high number of patients admitted to the ICUs of the El Ejido regional hospital has led the Ministry of Health and Families to activate the contingency plan against Covid-19.
Yesterday afternoon, and after the publication of IDEAL in which it was warned that Health had suppressed surgeries in the Hospital de Poniente due to the pressure of the coronavirus in the ICU, the Junta de Andalucía reported that additional spaces are being prepared to increase the care posts for critically ill patients in order to face the gradual increase in coronavirus cases.
Likewise, the Andalusian Government confirmed that “since this week the scheduled activity with admission to the Surgical Block has been suspended, maintaining only urgent and oncological interventions. Outpatient major and minor surgery, which does not require subsequent admission of the patient, is being performed at around 70% of its usual volume ”.
The Board also assured that posts for critical patient care have been increased. «To the 13 care modules available in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), there is also the provision of complementary spaces in the Resuscitation area (up to 18 available positions), which are currently used for the care of non-Covid critical patients. In the Surgical Block, three of the operating rooms have also been reserved, with capacity for a total of six places, in case their use is necessary. These additional spaces have the necessary staff and equipment to guarantee the quality of care, "he explained in a statement in which he specified that, in the Hospitalization area, the center has a floor reserved for the care of Covid-positive patients. 19, with about 60 beds.
Faced with the readjustment of work in the Surgical Area, ICU and Hospitalization, in the rest of the services of the Hospital de Poniente the healthcare activity "continues normally", according to the Ministry of Health.
Thus, in the Emergency Department there are differentiated circuits for patients with respiratory symptoms, which include a tele-consultation. Ordinary activity is also maintained both in carrying out diagnostic tests and in External Consultations, where the use of telecare is reinforced in those cases where it is recommended.
In other units, such as Hemodialysis or Delivery, the activity has developed normally since the start of the pandemic. The Gynecology and Obstetrics Unit has treated a total of 93 women with Covid-19 who have been diagnosed with the disease at some point during pregnancy or before delivery.
Of them, a dozen have been transferred to the Maternal and Child Hospital of Almería to complete their delivery process there and another three for the immediate puerperium, after giving birth.
For his part, the managing director of the Poniente Public Health Agency, Pedro Acosta, wanted to highlight "the extraordinary work that our professionals are developing, with great coordination and involvement of all hospital units." He also stressed that "we are acting to reduce hospital pressure and guarantee both the care of patients affected by Covid-19, as well as that of the rest who require assistance in our facilities."
Acosta recalled that "this work is being carried out in parallel to the expansion works of the ICU, Emergency and Traumatology services, which are being carried out through the emergency route and which will allow us to notably increase the healthcare capacity."
The Intensive Care Unit will expand its surface by an additional 640 square meters. This will make it possible to considerably increase the available beds, with better and larger areas for care, spaces for isolating patients and new work areas for professionals.
In the Emergency Department, there will be an increase in surface area of more than 900 square meters, which will be used for the growth of the urgent pediatric care area, as well as for observation, waiting rooms and consultations for the care of the adult population.
Traumatology will grow by another 159 square meters, which will also be added to the Radiodiagnosis area, located on the top floor.