a group of Neighbors of San Martin de los Andes They prepared a document addressed to the municipal, local and health authorities in light of the complex situation the town is going through with regard to the increase in positive cases of Coronavirus. On Wednesday, 102 new cases were recorded in the town, bringing to 1154 active cases. Meanwhile, from Chapelco Clinic, they have suspended custody on guard duty because all staff are dedicated to caring for patients admitted into Covid intensive care.
The letter to Governor Omar Gutierrez, the mayor of San Martin de los Andes, Carlos Salonetti, counselors, the Ombudsman, Ramon Carrillo Hospital Director, the Emergency Committee and the Fourth Health District expresses the neighbors ’concerns regarding To the state of healthy surplus Due to the Covid 19 outbreak.
They indicated in the document that after sporadic cases were recorded during the first six months of the Coronavirus pandemic, starting from October. “Cases started to rise, and reached dreaded community transmission around the same time as tourism opened.”
They added that with just one month into the peak season, “we have a perspective that allows us to confirm the large influx of tourists, and the relaxation of personal care measures and the absence of controls by the municipality and the governorate, were not without consequences.” They specified that during the month of January there was “a marked increase in positive cases and deaths and people who, in close contact with an infected person, must comply with isolation.”
The neighbors indicated that in January there was “a noticeable increase in positive cases and deaths, and people who had close contact with a positive person should be subject to isolation.”
Chapelco Clinic only treats Covid patients.
They have fixed it Of the total 35 people who have died since the start of the epidemic, 24 were in January of this year. They also expressed their concern regarding the occupation of intensive treatment beds in health centers and the fatigue of health workers, “many times unique in their specialization.” “We are concerned about the seriousness of the health situation expressed by officials in the fourth health district in many press notes and arising from the team’s professional experience and deep knowledge of the risks to which citizens are exposed to over-saturation. The health system,” they explained.
Neighbors are asking the authorities to give priority to implementing the vaccine in cities with a high tourist flow.
on the other side, Expressed concern about the lack of urgent measures taken by the municipality and / or county state to “mitigate the impact”. Day after day we hear or read the frightening numbers issued by the Emergency Committee and the feeling that there is no response from the state. This leaves us defenseless. “
That is why the residents of San Martin de los Andes are proposing, among other measures, “to lock in the income of the city for tourism purposes; to plan activities and restrictions in the settled population with the aim of reducing infection as much as possible, and to allow the infected to receive assistance in whatever situation they are in and not to continue in The demand for a saturated health system and its exhausted workers. “
They also requested that priority be given to implementing the vaccine in cities with a high tourist flow, Restriction of movement at night, “a measure which avoids secret meetings and parties.”