immersed in an epidemic surveillance circuit

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REPORTAGE – From the reception of suspected patients to the monitoring of their contacts, health authorities have opened the doors to a Covid case tracking circuit.

By Guillaume Mollaret

A patient comes for a nasopharyngeal test (PCR) on Tuesday at a Covid center located in the Roger-Bambuck gymnasium in Baillargues (Hérault).
A patient comes for a nasopharyngeal test (PCR) on Tuesday at a Covid center located in the Roger-Bambuck gymnasium in Baillargues (Hérault). Guillaume Mollaret

At the back of the Roger-Bambuck gymnasium in Baillargues (Hérault), three white tents hide a handball cage, the nets of which have not trembled for more than two months. Chairs 2 meters apart and security gates invade the play area, which has become a gigantic waiting room for patients suspected of having Covid-19.

The first patient of the day, during this visit organized by the regional health agency Occitanie at the request of the Directorate General of Health, is called Hélène. Living in a neighboring village, this 50-something woman, for sore throat, contacted her general practitioner who referred her to this Covid center. “I’m not very worried but, Covid or not, I need to consult”, she explains, coming out of one of the three tents.

A few seconds earlier, the Dr Jean-Pierre Barral took a sample from him in order to carry out a PCR test. “It won’t hurt you.” But if done right, it must tear you away

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