Covid-19 appointments drop 40% after restrictive measures

Mayor also announced update of measures to deal with the pandemic

Sorocaba Mayor Rodrigo Manga announces changes in restrictive measures. Photo credit: Fábio Rogério (6/4/2021)

The series of new measures to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic recently adopted by the Sorocaba City Council reduced the demand for care related to the disease by the Emergency Care Units (UPAs) and Prehospital Units (UPHs) by approximately 40%. The total number of patients with the disease admitted to UPHs, but with a recommendation for transfer to hospitals, fell 57%. The statements were made by Mayor Rodrigo Manga (Republicans), during a press conference at Paço Municipal, in Alto da Boa Vista, this Tuesday afternoon (6).

On the occasion, Manga also reported changes in some of the actions implemented by the Executive and the start of the operation of new Covid beds in three municipal health units. He also spoke about a meeting with the Butantan Institute, whose objective is to obtain authorization for the purchase of doses of the CoronaVac vaccine.

The press conference was also attended by the deputy mayor, Fernando Martins da Costa Neto (PSD), known as Fernando do Clube São Bento, the Secretary of Health, Vinícius Rodrigues, the government leader in the City Council, councilor João Donizeti (PSDB ), as well as the parliamentarians Vinícius Aith (PRTB), Fausto Peres (Pode) and Vitão do Cachorrão (Republicans).

According to the mayor, in the last few days, the biggest reduction in attendance related to the coronavirus was registered at UPH Zona Leste, with a fall of 55%. Following, are the UPH Zona Oeste, with a decrease of 45%, and the Zona Norte unit, with a decrease of 33%.

The actions, added Manga, also contributed to reducing the number of patients with Covid-19 who are admitted to UPHs and need to be referred to hospitals. According to him, on March 27, 152 people were awaiting transfer. Currently, there are 66 in the queue, down 57%. Despite waiting for beds, he added, people hospitalized at the UPHs receive the necessary care at the units.

Manga attributes the results to the measures to curb the spread of the virus implemented by the municipal administration in recent days. They are: the installation of sanitary barriers, to guide drivers coming from outside the city; vaccination of the population; the release of early treatment for Covid-19; the expansion of beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Covid ward in the municipal health units; the anticipation of holidays; the intensification of inspections against agglomerations and clashes; the creation of six Basic Health Units (UBSs) sentinels, dedicated exclusively to the care of patients with the disease; and the expansion of the public transport bus fleet.

Another factor pointed out by the mayor as a determinant for the decrease was the strengthening of the public health network. At the end of March, the City Hall inaugurated another 60 Covid beds, 20 of which were interned at UPH Norte, on Avenida Itavuvu; another 20 of the same type at UPH Leste, on Rua Nogueira Padilha; and another 20 inpatients at the UPA do Éden, on the banks of Avenida Independência. According to him, of the total number of beds, 24 (40%) are from the ICU, and the remaining 36 (60%) are from the ward. In this sense, Manga said that, since the beginning of his administration, in January this year, Covid hospital capacity has increased by 120%, in comparison with the situation established by the previous administration.

Also according to the Chief Executive, the reduction in indices does not indicate the end of the pandemic in the municipality. “These results do not mean that the problem is over in Sorocaba. We have a problem that is causing fatal victims ”, he reinforced.

Changes in measures

At the press conference, the mayor also announced changes in restrictive measures, especially for the operation of commercial establishments. From now on, gas stations will be able to open again on Sundays. However, every day, they must operate at reduced hours, from 6 am to 8 pm. Conveniences can also start and end activities at the same times. Consumption in places remains prohibited and only one person per family is allowed.

Supermarkets will be able to operate between 7 am and 10 pm. In these establishments, the rule regarding the release of the entry of only one member per family remains. In addition, commerce in general continues with the permission to make sales only on a drive-thru system, without allowing consumers to enter.

Industries, in turn, must be responsible for transporting employees.

Private schools will be able to resume face-to-face classes starting this Wednesday (7), with 35% of the total enrolled students, as determined by the São Paulo Plan. Manga did not extend the decree issued on March 24, which suspended face-to-face activities at private institutions between the 26th and 30th of last month. The determination ended last Tuesday (30). However, due to the advance of the holidays, they remained closed until this Tuesday (6).

The Chief Executive has also ruled out the possibility of re-anticipating municipal holidays. He also highlighted the maintenance of sanitary barriers. Now, they will no longer be in specific points, but, in strategic places, to be defined by the Secretariat of Mobility and Strategic Development (Semob).

Meeting with Butantan

Manga will have an online meeting with the director of the Butantan Institute, Dimas Tadeu Covas, this Wednesday (7), at 11 am, to try to make the purchase of vaccines viable. The meeting will also count on the participation of the Sorocaba health secretary, Vinícius Rodrigues, the coordinator of the Epidemiological Surveillance Division (DVE), Ana Paula Diegues, and the state deputy Rodrigo Moraes (DEM).

The Municipality intends to acquire, with its own resources and through the funds raised with the “Vacina Sorocaba” campaign, doses of the CoronaVac immunizer, developed by the institute, in partnership with the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac. According to the Mayor, the city needs to receive new doses more quickly and in greater quantity, mainly due to the detection of Covid-19 variants in the municipality. “Sorocaba has to have priority”, he pointed out.

If the Executive manages to acquire the doses, he says, the intention is to speed up the immunization campaign and include other audiences in the priority groups, such as supermarket workers, public transport employees, garbage collectors, and others. (Vinicius Camargo)

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