The Viana do Castelo Municipal Civil Protection Commission confirmed the death today of one of the two users of the Santiago home belonging to the local Misericórdia infected by the new coronavirus.
In a statement sent to the Lusa agency, the municipal commission, which today met to analyze the situation to analyze the latest data from the covid-19 records in the municipality, said that “the Health Authority, in conjunction with the home management and Security Social, it has already screened all users of the institution and their employees and collaborators, having also taken the appropriate measures for containment and prevention internally ”.
“In view of the difficulty of human resources in the scope of the institution’s support services, the human resources scholarship protocol was activated, and volunteers are being admitted to meet current needs”, he adds.
In the note, that entity specifies that the Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Viana do Castelo “is also reallocating resources from other sources to the Lar de Santiago unit”.
“The municipality of Viana do Castelo, as of today, will supply meals to this institution during the period when there are difficulties with the human resources of Lar de Santiago. The Social Security directorate in Viana do Castelo will also provide personal protection equipment to Lar de Santiago, a measure that will be extended to other residential institutions for the elderly, ”the statement said.
In addition to the situation in the Santiago home, one of the two belonging to the Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Viana do Castelo, which welcomes 53 elderly people, “the situations of the Darque social promotion center were analyzed”, the first in the municipality to confirm cases of covid-19 infection.
The note does not specify the current number of infected case users detected.
At the meeting of the Municipal Commission for Civil Protection of Viana do Castelo, the Mayor, the Social Cohesion Councilor, the Civil Protection District Operational Commander, the Viana do Castelo Health Authority, the district Social Security Director, were present. the President of the Local Health Unit Alto Minho (ULSAM), with the Provider of Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Viana do Castelo also present.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 1.5 million people worldwide, of whom nearly 89,000 died.
Of the cases of infection, more than 312 thousand are considered cured.
In Portugal, according to the balance made today by the Directorate-General for Health, there were 409 deaths, 29 more than the day before (+ 7.6%), and 13,956 cases of confirmed infections, which represents an increase of 815 in compared to Wednesday (+ 6.2%).
Portugal, where the first confirmed cases were registered on the 2nd of March, is in a state of emergency from 00:00 on the 19th of March and until the end of the 17th of April, after the extension approved on the 2nd of April in the Assembly of the Republic.
In addition, the Government declared on March 17 the state of public calamity for the municipality of Ovar.