Omicron sends hospitals into a tailspin. Fewer serious cases, but lack of staff – Chronicle

Omicron sends hospitals into a tailspin. Fewer serious cases, but lack of staff – Chronicle
Omicron sends hospitals into a tailspin. Fewer serious cases, but lack of staff – Chronicle

Florence, 7 January 2022 – The hospitals I am on your knees. Another time. The disease has changed, the serious cases are less numerous (the majority are vaccinated) but the health care personnel are decimated from absences and missed appointments. You are forced to close clinics to draw on indispensable nurses to open new departments: such as at the Iot presidium in Florence. The stop to scheduled surgery had already been given. Emergency procedures for recruiting doctors, nurses and obs. Admissions yesterday were 1,001. Tuscany has been among the three regions in the black jersey for more than a week for the number of positives. Growth over the past seven days has had asoaring by 144%, going from 40,201 to 98,046 cases and an incidence equal to 2,673 per 100 thousand inhabitants: in the last week one out of 37 Tuscans was positive. From Monday yellow zone: today the control room will make known the decisions after the meeting of the CTS.

Meanwhile, a step forward in the simplification of bureaucracy for the infected it was done. Received 98% of 81 thousand sms messages sent by the Region to virus positives, the ‘ghosts’ not tracked due to the tsunami Omicron which caused the infections to explode. 47% have already replied to the questionnaire. The practice is open: you know who they are, how they are and who they have contacted. Of these, 44% are totally asymptomatic. For them the bureaucratic problem is on the right track: after 7 or 10 days, depending on whether they are vaccinated or not, they will be able to swab (molecular or rapid antigenic) and with the negative report they will automatically obtain the certificate of recovery that frees them from isolation and allows them to return to work or school. At the same time, automatically, but in another way, the suspended Green pass will be reactivated.

There is a problem to solve for those who have declared to have mild symptoms: the swab can be done on the seventh or tenth day (depending on whether you are vaccinated or not) but if you have been asymptomatic for at least three days. The Region is considering whether to send a second text message to request this information or to send the questionnaires to the tracing centers. There second hypothesis it could pose a huge risk. Because the small workforce is working tirelessly to track the cases of the day, with the priority being for the unvaccinated. If they were to dispose of even 50,000 backlogs it would be chaos. Because with the forces in the field it is possible to trace less than 3,000 cases a day. And this is a very delicate point. In the meantime, with the automated system of the Region that sends on e-mail, after the negative swab, the certification of recovery, 5,000 people have been released who have been waiting for days. Today reservations open for third doses from the completion of the vaccination cycle after 4 months instead of 5. The vaccinations will start on Monday.

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