According to a post shared on social media at Nova Friburgo City Hall, the municipal health department reported that it detected an increase in Covid cases in the second half of September. According to the ministry, this scenario is repeated with the advent of spring and throughout the summer. It has been observed in recent years that during the holiday season, the number of people infected with the virus increases. According to the Coronavirus Committee of the Rio de Janeiro State Government, between August 1 and 25, 38 cases of the disease and four hospitalizations were confirmed in Nova Friburgo.
It is important to note that the record on the state board often does not keep pace with reality, due to the slow updating of data provided by municipalities. VOZ DA SERRA contacted the City Council to find out the exact number of confirmed cases and hospitalizations, but we have not received any response.
Immunization is necessary
To prevent a new Covid epidemic, the municipal health department relies on the awareness and cooperation of all residents. The two-dose vaccination should be up to date, as this is the most recent vaccine to combat all variants. Vaccination is available to everyone over 18 years of age, at the Silvio Henrique Brown Health Centres, in Sospiro; Tony Kasuga, in the Olaria neighborhood; Walder Coast, in the Concelheiro Paulino area; Ariosto Pinto de Mello, in the Corduera neighborhood, and José Cupertino Nogueira, in São Geraldo, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children can get the first, second and third dose on Wednesdays, in the same places and at the same time.
Among the guidelines, it is also important to avoid visiting family and friends who are sick or bedridden, if they are suspected of being infected with the Coronavirus. Furthermore, anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should wear a mask and avoid spreading the virus.
Coronavirus testing is carried out in the laboratory at the Silvio Henrique Brown station, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and tests are carried out from 8 am to 3 pm. And on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Raul Serta Municipal Hospital only conducts testing in serious cases, so the health department’s guidance is for people to go to the emergency unit only if they have strong symptoms, while avoiding circulation in the hospital environment.
Advisor criticizes the isolation of Raul Certa
Chancellor Maicon Queiroz reported, via his social networks, this week that the Raul Serta Hospital has once again created an isolation ward to care for Covid patients. However, the parliamentarian reported that the isolation ward was “very close to other wards” and that staff in this ward would also have to care for patients from other wards, thus creating “an increased risk of contamination”.
Cases are also increasing in Rio and São Paulo
The Infogripe bulletin, released by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) on Thursday 28, shows that the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo continue to see an increase in coronavirus cases. According to the bulletin’s coordinator, Marcelo Gomez, the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in these places continues to lead to hospitalizations.
“In Rio de Janeiro, there is still a growth rate in the curve of new weekly Covid cases. In São Paulo, the pace of growth has been slow and, as in Rio de Janeiro, limited to the older population. But it is a sign of his presence. In other words, the virus is spreading more intensely, leading to increased hospitalizations, especially in the most vulnerable groups.
According to him, this scenario is mainly limited to the two countries. The researcher points out that it is important to maintain reinforcement regarding the population’s call to update the vaccine against the disease.
The bulletin is based on data for epidemiological week 38 (September 17 to 23). In the past four weeks, 44.2% of cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the country were caused by the coronavirus. Of the deaths, disease accounts for 77.5%. (With information from the Brazilian agency)
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