At 8 am today, Thursday 13 August, in the Ulss Dolomites there were 11 positive subjects for Covid, while 225 people were under active surveillance, partly in isolation because with symptoms compatible with Covid and the vast majority in quarantine because they returned from non-Schengen countries and therefore obliged to spend a period of two weeks and domicile. These are the data provided through a meeting on Facebook by the director general of the ULSS, Adriano Rasi Caldogno, who also recalled that since the beginning of the epidemic, from 21 February last, the Ulss itself has carried out about 68 thousand swabs (which does not mean say that 68 thousand people were checked because the swabs were repeated several times on the same subjects).
As for the Covid outbreaks in the province, Rasi Caldogno pointed out that to date there are still 2 positives due to the return of a caregiver, 2 positives residing outside the Ulss but currently domiciled in a municipality in the upper part of the province, 2 returning tourists from Malta and a guest of a retirement home that has re-positivized. All the other small outbreaks in the province are instead to be considered extinct.
The director of the ULSS wanted to spend a good part of the meeting to talk about the problem of returns from abroad, recalling, first of all, that since yesterday afternoon an ordinance of the Minister of Health obliges those returning from Spain, Greece, Croatia and Malta to undergo a series of measures: present the certificate of the negative result of a swab carried out within 72 hours of arrival or immediately communicate your entry into Italy and perform the swab within 48 hours at the local Ulss (and pending the outcome remain in home quarantine).
Rasi Caldogno also recalled that currently no precautions are required for the Schenghen countries and some others; for many other countries (the majority), on the other hand, the obligation to notify the return to the Prevention Department and a period of 14 days of quarantine with active surveillance is envisaged; finally, for a third category of countries, there is an absolute ban on re-entry (since yesterday also from Colombia), except in special cases (all information can be found at the Ulss Prevention Department from 8 to 20, every day, at number 0437-514343).
The director of the ULSS also informed that the recovery of the diagnostic and specialist services that had been blocked due to the epidemic is continuing: compared to the 12,000 that had to be recovered in May, now there are a thousand left for the Belluno District and 700 for that of Feltre.
Another topic touched by Rasi Caldogno was that of vaccination against TBE transmitted by ticks, informing that in recent weeks 8,500 doses have been delivered with the drive in system in Belluno, Feltre and Tai di Cadore. In September, vaccinations (which are free for residents of the Ulss Dolomites and at special conditions for other Venetians) will also be practiced in Agordino, with the aim of exhausting most of the requests received from citizens by the end of the same month.
Among the other activities of the ULSS, Rasi Caldogno then recalled the consistent and continuous strengthening of the company staff, also in view of a possible resurgence of the epidemic in the autumn. In the last few weeks – he pointed out – several head physicians have been appointed (for Pediatrics, Urology and Gastroenterology in Feltre and Forensic Medicine for the entire Ulss) and just today the calls have been sent to the Official Gazette that will start the selection of others primary which will concern in particular the hospitals of Belluno, Pieve di Cadore and Agordo.
The director of the ULSS concluded his Facebook meeting with some recommendations, underlining that it is necessary to continue to maintain responsible behavior, always paying attention to social distance (never less than one meter), using the mask in all closed rooms, taking care continuous hand hygiene with washing and sanitizing. It is – he remarked – what each of us can do to prevent the spread of the virus that continues to exist and circulate. Finally, also remembered the need to report all returns from abroad and to consult the general practitioner if there are symptoms that may suggest Covid such as fever, cough, persistent cold, conjunctivitis, dysentery …
Finally, Rasi Caldogno recalled that it is always good to remember that the defense against the virus also depends on the efficiency of one’s immune defenses so it is important to eat healthy using foods with a low glycemic load, consuming at least 5 portions a day of fruit and vegetables, limiting the consumption of alcohol as much as possible, abolishing the rope, paying attention to one’s weight and ensuring adequate daily motor activity.
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