There are 213 medical students who will be in charge of following up the contacts of positive cases through a call center.
The Director of Public Health, Pilar Aparicio, values the reinforcement of human resources and the technological support available to the epidemiological surveillance services of Catalonia, but also urges progress in the implementation of an automatic dumping system for the Epidemiological information in the Spanish surveillance network (Sivies).
As a whole, Catalonia comes out pretty well stopped in the three reports that the Ministry of Health has published regarding its requests for the health regions to pass phase.
The first of the documents
Dating from May 8 and responding to the proposal to de-confine the province of Tarragona and the Lleida Pyrenees, Health praises the level of integration between primary care, hospitals, epidemiological surveillance services and laboratories.
They also value the ability to test in less than 48 hours and the location of contacts. The recommendations for improvement are limited to proposing to expand the capacity to test and monitor early diagnosis indicators, especially the rate of suspects in primary care in regions that want to go to phase 1.
In Terres de l’Ebre, for example, PCR was only performed on 7% of the suspects in primary care and 30% in hospitals, but, although these figures were low, they compensated with the fact that the traceability indicators of the contacts were “Very favorable”, includes the report.
In the second report
From May 15, Health celebrates the prudence of Catalonia by not wanting to de-confine Barcelona and its metropolitan area due to the risk of regrowth.
In the third report
Where it responds to Catalonia’s request that Barcelona and its metropolitan area go to phase 1, Health contemplates public health reinforcements, but the Health Department indicates that they are not yet contracted.