The health authorities reported yesterday that the Covid-19 management protocol with prevention, isolation and tracking of cases in the different schools of the country, in the face of information that accounts for the contagion of teachers and administrative personnel in schools after the start of the school year in the remote mode.
They pointed out that in high school Pan American Union Two infections were detected in collaborators of the administrative staff and therefore in that center, as in the others where cases have been detected, they are applying the Covid management protocol, as well as preventive actions in all centers nationwide.
This was explained Ivelisse Acosta, Vice Minister of Collective Health and Ronald Skeewes, General Director of Epidemiology, when interviewed on the subject when leading a press conference held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Health to give details of the behavior of Covid-19 in the country.
“The administrative management protocol of Covid is one only in the country, if there is an outbreak anywhere, it is intervened, and that consists of going to the place, taking the samples, contact tracing, isolating those who are positive”, Acosta explained.
Both officials explained that these same actions, as established by the protocol, are being applied in San Francisco de Macorís, Duarte province, and other provinces where increases in cases are registered.
The Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP) only registers 15 cases of Covid-19 notified between positives and suspects in teachers of different schools and high schools nationwide, according to the president of the entity, Xiomara Guante, yesterday.
The union member said that in Santo Domingo Este there were six positive cases. Four of them at the José María Serra school, in Los Frailes and two at the Concepción Bona school, in El Almirante.
In the municipality of Cotuí, Sánchez Ramírez province, 6 positive cases were detected from 10 teachers who performed the PCR test at the Juan Pablo Duarte school in the same town, Guante explained.
He stated that from the direction of the José Francisco Peña Gómez school, located in Los Girasoles, in Santo Domingo Oeste, has not reported cases of Covid that the media have confirmed.
He also said that in San Francisco de Macorís there are 16 intervened centers of which await the results of the tests to have a complete report of those infected. There they detected some positive cases.
In the coming days, the directors of the ADP will meet with the Deputy Minister of Education, Ligia Pérez, to decide the measures they will take together in order to prevent coronavirus infections in schools where cases have not yet been reported.
However, Guante said that one of the main measures is to isolate teachers who tested positive for the virus as well as those who had contact with them.
He considered that those who do not present serious symptoms and feel well within their conditions “could teach from home”, while those who do not feel in conditions would be given a license.
ADP on face-to-face teaching
“In no way can we think to return in all this time not even to the semi presence “Guante reiterated when asked about the uncertainty of returning to the classroom.
He stressed that the contagion that has been unleashed in the teachers in the classrooms without returning in person or semi-in-person to the centers is a sign not to think about the option of teaching physical class.
On the other hand, he agreed that the decision to return to normal should be studied when the positivity of the virus is less than 5 percent, as suggested by the director of Public Health epidemiology, Dr. Ronald Skewes.
Finally, he urged parents and the population to be patient with the health situation due to the new Coronavirus pandemic.
Authorities activate control
Rafael Amador Figaris, Regional Director of Education # 15, told Listín Diario that as a preventive measure, more educational centers will intervene to prevent the spread of possible cases of coronavirus.
The Ministries of Education and Public Health will carry out virus tests today at the Hogar Rosa Duarte and Santa Teresa de Jesús educational centers in the National District.
The Antonio Duvergé Prepara, Alba Luz Casilla Díaz, Aníbal Ponce (night basic) schools, the Salomé Ureña and Francisco del Rosario Sánchez Centers of Excellence will be intervened during the week as a preventive measure.