Covid school in Bologna, infections increase. “Quarantined classes doubled”

Bologna, 5 May 2021 – “They are increasing from 97 to 196, quarantined classes, a sign that we are very active. With the exception of a couple of important outbreaks in Ozzano and Castiglione dei Pepoli, these are scattered cases, distributed throughout the territory to signify the spread of the infection “. And in any case in the future, “the infections will increase because we study them, we go looking for them and then we see more of them “.

The Covid focus at school, the report of infections in Emilia Romagna

The Covid bulletin, the infections in Emilia Romagna

So Paolo Pandolfi director of the Department of Public Health of the Ausl in tracing the picture of the infection in schools. In particular the 196 quarantined classes see 3 sections of nest and 36 of maternal. Going up in rank, we find 56 at elementary, 37 all average and 51 at superior.

“In fact have doubled “, underlines the doctor who identifies as the “most affected” range from 6 to 19 years or that of elementary, middle and high schools. Indeed, also by virtue of the increase in the percentage, 50% to 70% of school attendance, quarantined high school grades jumped from 20 to 51.

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“We are proceeding with a painstaking work to avoid the closure of schools that they are the sensor, the litmus test of what is happening in the community “. All closed” makes no sense because it takes away a right. This is why we proceed in a surgical and punctual way “, keeping together the two rights, that of education and that of health. The school, Pandolfi observes, “is the first that you go to check more easily. Workplaces are more widespread “not to mention bars and restaurants” which are more fragmented, therefore more difficult to control. “As for the node of quarantines that arrive or do not arrive in a class with full-blown infections, Pandolfi observes how” the quarantine is a measure to be taken with full knowledge of the facts that provides for an epidemiological investigation that takes time. “It is clear that” the faster the reporting by the schools, the better. ” are evaluated as not to provide for a quarantine measure “.

Outbreak in Ozzano. Mostly concentrated in the elementary Ciari but which, Pandolfi points out, “we have managed very quickly and which involves about thirty families”. The first signs date back to the weekend of April 25, but it is with the arrival of the AUSL camper two days later that the outbreak is clearly identified. The mayor provides the details Luca Lelli in a video on Facebook. “The outbreak – he explains – sees 64 cases of positivity of which 39 asymptomatic “. Of these 64, 28 are pupils concentrated almost exclusively in the elementary Ciari. Thirty-four close contacts of these children (mostly “brothers, sisters and parents”) and two teachers. “The average age is very low, about 22 years “. The cases mainly concern a class from which the outbreak started. To this are added two other classes with six and five infections of the Ciari. Very few cases on maternal women Girotondo and Don Milani In addition to this, the mayor clarifies “positivity remains normally detected in other complexes.

People in quarantine, as a result of the screening action, there are about fifty. The Ausl then decided to quarantine all the members of the classes who underwent the swab in the following days. “In short,” the school has been saved “and the students in quarantine are all in distance learning “At the same time the Ausl makes the camper available for screening”, concludes Lelli. Camper that has already made a stop in Bologna, Monghidoro, Castenaso and Anzola dell’Emilia.

School health protocol. Change the protocol for handling Covid cases in the classroom. Meanwhile, the quarantine drops from 14 to 10 days pfor students with negative swabs, provided they are close contacts of classmates, while for teachers, who are not considered close contacts, there is no quarantine regime, although as a precaution a molecular test will be carried out very quickly, within 24, by public health.

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