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Jalisco readies 500 daily tests of COVID-19


The federal government certifies another 3 laboratories of institutions in the State, which will increase the application of reliable tests

Starting today, more cases of COVID-19 can be detected in the State, as three other laboratories were authorized by the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE).

The University of Guadalajara ( UdeG ) and the Government of Jalisco will have the capacity to carry out up to 500 daily PCR tests , which are the most reliable. The Executive will do them in the State Laboratory of Public Health, while the study house will carry them out in the three newly certified points: in the two units of the Civil Hospital and in the University Center of Health Sciences (CUCS).

This last space will also have a booth system to take samples without the need for the likely affected to get out of the car, as if picking up a fast food order.

To avoid crowds, those interested can make an appointment through line 33-3540-3001, which can answer up to 1,400 calls a day, 24 hours a day.

Once the appointment is confirmed, the patient will enter through door 12 of the CUCS and, without lowering the car window, their folio number will be verified. In the house, specialists will take the sample (it takes 10 minutes) and it will be taken to the laboratory.

Between 24 and 72 hours later, from the Civil Hospital, the person involved will be called to indicate if his test is positive or negative.

Home tests are also applied

If a patient who suspects having COVID-19 cannot go to the "express" module enabled by the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) at the University Center for Health Sciences (CUCS), health personnel will come to their home to perform the test.

The Rector General of the UdeG, Ricardo Villanueva, stressed that in this laboratory, recently certified by the federal government, it will be possible to sample suspected patients from the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area ( AMG ) and even from Puerto Vallarta , where the brigades will also go to certify exceptional situations.

“The cases of contagion are already there, but not in the statistics. The serious thing is not having many cases; is to have eight for each undetected. What matters is going for them and isolating them. Knowing them through mathematics is a very passive thing ”, he affirmed.

And to find them, a model of “active surveillance” will be enabled, which will consist of going to the “hot areas and spaces” (where there is a reference to cases of COVID-19) to search for the probable carriers.

The director of the Guadalajara Civil Hospitals, Jaime Andrade, added that, as part of this strategy, called "Radar Jalisco", health workers will be checked every 15 days to avoid risks if they eventually contract the disease.

This plan joins the nine fixed and two mobile modules with which the Jalisco Health Secretariat (SSJ) has already taken samples since Monday in different municipalities of the State.

Only cargo trucks and emergency units bypass sanitary checkpoints

Except for cargo trucks or emergency units (patrols or ambulances, for example), all who drive a car must go through the sanitary checkpoints installed by the State Government so that their temperature is monitored .

After confirming that this strategy to monitor and stop the proliferation of COVID-19 in the Entity will remain unchanged, the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alberto Esquer, reported that neither the residents of the areas near these points will be excluded. The reason is simple: they must stay home.

"The health recommendation is to stay home. And if (the neighbor) leaves, it is pertinent to carry out the temperature test ”.

The sanitary points were installed from April 3 at the exits of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, but since last Sunday, and due to the high influx of passers-by, others in the opposite direction were enabled to assess motorists entering the city.

With that decision, only on Sunday they identified 10 people with fever, who were channeled under the health protocol.

The filters placed at the exits of the city work randomly, since in most cases vehicles with three or more passengers or that carry suitcases, ice chests, ATVs and bicycles are selected. Instead, entry points to the metropolis are mandatory for all motorists.

On the control point installed in Chapala, and from which those who do not reside in that town are returned, Esquer commented that "each municipality has its council and its decisions, so each one must take actions on the entry of people, sector openings, festivities, but the state recommendation is that they remain under health care ”.

Jalisco will make its own COVID-19 statistic

At the federal level, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 only include those reported by the Jalisco State Public Health Laboratory and the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS). For this reason, from this Friday the Entity will have “other data”.

The general coordinator of Social Development, Anna Bárbara Casillas, reported that from that day on, not only will the positive cases registered by the Laboratory and the IMSS, but also those added to the newly certified study centers of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) and private laboratories with accreditation from the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE ).

"We will be reporting regardless of whether the Federation accepts the results of these tests, or not."

The coordinator explained that the daily report of confirmed cases and deaths that are registered on the national platform will be maintained, although "unofficial" will be added.

In his opinion, beyond just serving to increase numbers, the new addition to the statistics will allow identifying patients without symptoms in order to isolate them and try to contain the epidemic.

Of course, all COVID-19 patients will be provided with care and follow-up by the Jalisco Health Secretariat (SSJ), as well as their contacts.

He explained that, in the case of private laboratories that carry out tests but do not yet have federal certification, their information will be considered as “community surveillance”.

Governor insists: stay home

Isolate. In Jalisco, measures to keep the population in isolation have not been accompanied by fines for those who leave without permission. Nor has public force been used, as was announced in the State of Sonora on Monday. However, as people insist on going on vacation or causing crowds, the governor announced the possibility of stricter measures to keep people at home.

Evaluation. "Essential activities are still allowed, do not expect to see a deserted city," said the state president, who stated that "there are people who have not understood the message and do not act with the basic sense of responsibility." Therefore, he added that an evaluation will be made in order to know if at least 55% of the citizens complied with the social isolation measures.

Trust. The governor said that if it is verified that the percentage of isolation is greater than half, “it will not be necessary, for the time being, to take some measure of mandatory social isolation, such as a quarantine formally supervised by some authority. I hope we don't have to get there, "he said.

Aftermath. He again exhorted the people of Jalisco to stay at home, because "whoever does not understand it is causing enormous damage to the State" and the conditions so that, as in the case of Sonora, the authority takes measures to establish a mandatory period of isolation. "If we see that there is any point where the isolation measures are being loosened further, we will be tightening."

Google translation from Informador.

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