tudela – 46.35% of all the cases of covid-19 in the Tudela Health Area that were registered since last May (5,279) were certified last October in which the figure of 2,447 cases was reached new positives. This is stated in the latest internal information bulletin of the Reina Sofía hospital, which also adds that the increase has been 50.1% compared to the previous month, September, in which the new covid-19 cases were 1,630.
These percentages provide a good example of how hard the past month has been for the health professionals of the Reina Sofía hospital and the entire Tudela Health Area. Not in vain it is pointed out that this has been the “worst hit area in Navarra in this second wave”. In this sense, they emphasize that this month there has been a serious displacement of cases “towards older age groups”, which they point out that it is “a worrying aspect”.
Perhaps that is why the number of deaths in October also increased significantly to the point of going from September 17 to 26, representing an increase of more than 52% in just 30 days, with ages ranging between 59 and 100 years. 56% were male and 28% were over 90 years of age. In spring, the number of deaths registered at the end of April due to covid-19 in the Reina Sofía hospital was 36. The worst work week for the health workers of this center was the one from October 23 to 29 in which 634 cases were reached, not dropping any week from the 350.
The age group most affected has been between 15 and 29 years old, with more than 30% of the cases registered in La Ribera.
the numbers All Health areas saw how the number of positive cases multiplied and curiously only Cintruénigo, which was one of the most affected in the first wave, had fewer cases in October than in September. Tudela-Este registered 500 (it was the most numerous in Navarra, only below Rochapea), and after it were Buñuel (421), Valtierra-Cadreita (398), and Cascante (318), some of them almost doubled their cases in a single month.
Another aspect to take into account about how the pandemic has punished this Health Area in the past month is that of the health workers who have been infected. If in September there were 26, the figure increased by more than 109% to 46. The accumulated number of professionals infected since the start of the pandemic has reached the figure of 128 cases, the most affected class being the and health graduates with a total of 42 affected by covid-19, followed by doctors, a sector in which 33 cases have been registered.
The hospital recorded complicated days in October in terms of number of new admissions, as happened on October 30, when there were 19 admissions. In this second wave, the number of admissions in one day has exceeded the maximum figure that was recorded in the first wave, since on March 24 the maximum was recorded, 14 admissions in a single day. On the other hand, the maximum number of admitted occurred on the last day, October 30, when it had 77 covid patients. In the first wave, the maximum number of admissions in the center reached 93, on March 31.
According to Reina Sofía himself, “the balance between admissions and discharges has also guaranteed that the hospital has been able to continue with its ordinary activity without shutting down or operating rooms, or outpatient consultations or complementary tests.”
However, the pressure on the Emergency Service in the Tudela Health Area, as was already the case in September, has been higher than the average pressure on the Emergency Services in Navarra. Occupancy in the ICU fluctuated throughout the month, although the figure of 5 patients was not exceeded in the covid section, as happened in September. The unit’s capacity, which has two differentiated areas, is five boxes with capacity for 7 patients in the covid area and four patients in the non-covid area.
Tests performed. The Tudela Health Area increased the number of screening tests. If about 200 tests were carried out in the spring, in this second epidemic wave the daily average reaches 500 in some days. In fact, only between April and May there was already a significant increase in the number of tests carried out, from 1,700 tests to 2,500. In July, as a result of the first major outbreak registered in the area, 3,923 PCR were taken, “a figure that has been widely surpassed this month of October in which up to 13,857 PCR were counted (to which should be added the performance of ELISA tests and antigen tests) “.
FIA. The situation in the ICU is delicate. The need for beds in this unit determines the continuity of ordinary activity in the surgical area. In October, the situation was kept under control.