This is the rolling coronavirus story for Saturday 17 October 2020.


Stats for the last 24 hours - 90 more cases, 2 more deaths

Google translation:

The coronavirus leaves two deaths and Almería again at the limit of 100 cases

There are two new hospitalized in the last 24 hours and almost 60 recovered

The pandemic does not give respite to the province of Almería and again maintains the data of the last 24 hours near the red line of one hundred positives, which surpassed this Friday with 112 infected, leaving 90 more infected since yesterday and two new patients of deceased covid.

This is stated in the daily part of the Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, in which after the 90 positives today Almería already has 9,193 infected detected by PCR and is close to 130 deaths from coronavirus, since after the two registered in the last 24 hours bring the total figure from March to 128.

In the section of hospitalizations, Almería adds two new patients admitted since this Friday, which leaves the current hospital pressure at 53 admissions, 12 of them in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which places it as the second province Andalusian with less hospital burden.

This is the case given that in the other seven the situation is as follows: Cádiz (133 hospitalizations, of which 23 in ICU), Córdoba (137 hospitalizations, of which 19 in ICU), Granada (246 hospitalizations, of which 35 in ICU), Huelva (42 hospitalizations, of which 6 in ICU), Jaén (140 hospitalizations, of which 16 in ICU), Malaga (162 hospitalizations, of which 28 in ICU) and Seville (404 hospitalizations, of which 43 in ICU).

For its part, the number of cured has also increased again today with 58 more in the last day and there are already 7,004 people from Almeria who have defeated the covid since the pandemic was decreed in March.

Likewise, it should be noted that there have been news in the outbreak detected within the Hospital de La Inmaculada in the municipality of Huércal-Overa and that it is in charge of the care of the Levante-Alto Almanzora health district, where there are already 25 positives associated with the outbreak ,

Finally, in the entire autonomous community of Andalusia, 2,725 positives and 25 deaths have been reported today, with a leading role for Seville, which has reported 817 infected and eight deaths in the last 24 hours.


An interesting article from La Voz de Almería

Google translation:
The 5 keys of the experts to reduce the chances of getting infected

Receive visitors with open windows, avoid closed spaces and less affection at Christmas

The coronavirus pandemic continues its unstoppable advance throughout the country and the question of how coronavirus infections can be avoided both inside and outside the home haunts many people's heads. Scientific experts are aware of the most common problems that citizens face in their daily lives and offer some answers to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus as much as possible.

José Antonio López Guerrero is the director of the neurovirology group at the Autonomous University of Madrid and participated this Friday in 'Hora 25' of Cadena SER, together with Eva Elisa Álvarez, spokesperson for the Spanish Society of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Hygiene, to answer questions from Pepa Bueno and the audience of the program about how to act during the cold months to fight the coronavirus.

1 - Closed spaces

"Although the WHO remains reluctant to claim that aerosols transmit the virus, it is not questioned that there are up to 20 times more possibilities of transmission than in open spaces and more if they are poorly ventilated. We must avoid closed, non-ventilated, crowded and closeness to other people ".

2 - Ventilation of the house

"If only one family unit lives in a house, you have to ventilate about twice a day during cleaning. If we receive visitors, complying with the norm of 6 maximum, open the windows before the visit, keep them partially open during the visit and also do it after the visit. We will spend more on heating by having those windows open. In an average house, opening four fingers would suffice, but in a larger house it would be necessary to adjust it. You can tell if a house is well ventilated, there is options that are not prohibitive for many pockets. If a passenger compartment lacks air and there is poor circulation, CO2 accumulates. There are devices such as a mobile that measure CO2. The average CO2 is 400 parts per million. From 700 parts per million million, the air begins to be a bit stale. Above 1,000 we have a problem. These devices are useful and are not a bad option in centers or schools to measure the purity of the cabin. "

3 - In the workplace

"Smart buildings are smart until a pandemic hits. The ventilation has to be artificial using air conditioners. The air flow has to go from top to bottom and we have to try to keep the air from going horizontally. If possible there is regeneration of the air. If not, in this case he will have to wear a mask. For him to ventilate himself and go outside will not solve it. The logical thing would be to report him to the authorities of that center. For him to leave the office it doesn't fix the situation. "

4 - School transport and private transport

"The regulations suggest that the school bus be clean and well disinfected, that the children are always the same, that it be a bubble group and if it is possible that it has windows that can be opened. If it is not possible, I know that there are mechanisms mechanical ventilation with filters such as those found in airplanes. Otherwise it would not be the most recommended means. In the car, the recirculation function is what to avoid, because what it does is that the air in the car comes out and is go in. The windows have to be down as much as possible, the masks always have to be on and you have to use common sense, that the air that comes from outside only comes from outside and there is no recirculation of air ".

5 - Christmas

"At Christmas we do not know how we will be but we will continue in a pandemic. There is a document from the Junta de Andalucía called 'Meetings with a head' and that gives advice. Outdoors or ventilated spaces. Avoid kisses and hugs, especially with people older and vulnerable Maintain a distance of one and a half meters between non-cohabitating people Cohabitants must be grouped and separated from non-cohabitants Do not sit face to face and sit in a zigzag Do not share dishes because the virus can be transmitted. Better to serve one person to all or put individual servings. Wear the mask. Wash your hands. Reduce the duration of the meetings. Do not turn the music too loud. "
Interesting article from El País in English - about draft versions of risk levels being worked on
The upgrades to the Poniente hospital due to be completed this year!
Google translation:
The Hospital de Poniente will go from 12 ICU beds to 27 and will expand emergencies by 54%

The Ministry of Health invests 6.4 million euros in works originated due to the pandemic and which must be completed before December 31, 2020

The emergency area will gain almost 1,000 square meters, but for the moment there will be no expansion of staff

More than double the number of ICU beds of the current ones, going from 12 (with the possibility of 13) to 27; about 1,000 more square meters for emergencies, which means 54% more surface area; and a reorganization of spaces from which other services such as hemodialysis can benefit. The Poniente Hospital is undertaking these days some works classified as "historic" by the managing director of the Poniente Public Agency and the hospital itself located in El Ejido, Pedro Acosta, who this Friday received the delegate of Health and Families, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, on a tour of the work that is being undertaken.

The works, which emerged as a result of the health crisis triggered by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, were more than necessary for years and will involve an investment of 6.4 million euros for which, as both public representatives have highlighted, It is "the hospital that attends a greater number of emergencies in Andalusia".

It is a historic moment in the health agency. The needs of the population are growing and for a long time the hospital needed some important structural adaptation ", Pedro Acosta is sincere, who emphasizes that" we are the Andalusian hospital that attends more emergencies and our situation began to be a bit overwhelming. With these works I am sure that we will be able to better serve the population of the region. "

The effort made by the Junta de Andalucía "has been very important," says delegate Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, who stresses that "it is a very important investment for needs that this hospital suffered for a long time." Belmonte does not obvious that "it is a historical need for this area, to be able to provide Poniente Almeriense with the basic needs in emergencies and ICUs".
More space and equipment, but no more staff

At the moment these expansion and restructuring works of spaces will not entail an expansion of the healthcare staff, although Pedro Acosta understands that "we are going to make an adaptation of the spaces, but obviously the increase in the area of ​​the ICU and Emergency is important, and that in due course will bring about a modification of the personnel needs that will be studied with the Ministry, one thing has to lead to another ".

The deputy director of Infrastructures of the Health delegation, Ramón Estrada, has been in charge of offering technical details, who explains that "the expansion of the ICU will be 68% and in addition reforms will be undertaken in the existing facilities, some works that are being carrying out side by side with healthcare professionals, in a coordinated manner to arrive at a perfectly valid solution, going from 12, with the current possibility of a 13th, to 27 beds, with areas for isolated patients, for respiratory patients, auxiliary spaces. . ".

As for the Emergencies, they will grow "around 54%, 920 more square meters of expansion. We are going fast, but with a safe step". One of the main gains in Emergencies, will be, highlights, "child care, which is going to be significantly expanded and improved." Similarly, in the Emergency Department "what is being done is the adult observation part, waiting rooms, some consultations will be expanded and the urgent child care unit; and other non-healthcare spaces that we are going to remove from the purely welfare part to allow a better use of the spaces ".