All measures are aimed at preventing the proliferation of the new coronavirus, which is putting an additional burden on the hospital system every day – and many cities in the interior do not even have infirmary beds.
Piracicaba, Charqueada and Araraquara adopted sanitary barriers, for example. In Barretos, meetings of more than three people on the streets could result in a fine of R $ 500 each, while other cities will use drones to curb agglomerations and are creating field hospitals.
In São Joaquim da Barra, one of the leading cities in social isolation in the countryside, the field hospital, installed in the center for the elderly, began to operate on the 20th.
With a capacity of 20 beds, all in the infirmary, the hospital was seen as an escape valve to relieve the Santa Casa of the city, which on Thursday (1st) had 32 inpatients, 13 of whom were in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) ).
“Thank God we were able to set up this hospital. Here the bug got it, it was for God. If we hadn’t been able to assemble it would have been very difficult, because the business was ugly ”, said José Eduardo de Castro, Health Director of São Joaquim da Barra.
Five more beds will be opened in the hospital and the intention is to buy respirators – but there will be no ICU vacancies. “The ICU is full. Today there was a vacancy due to discharge, and not death, which we celebrate, is good news. As long as we are not sure that there will be no more danger, the field hospital will continue to function. ”
With its 10 ICU beds occupied and 300% occupancy in wards – 15 patients -, Taquarituba also adopted restrictive measures, with increased inspection, including the use of drones to monitor ranches and farms with group meetings.
Property owners and people who rent them generating agglomerations will be fined R $ 3,940 for each of the parties involved.
The city of 23,000 residents in the Itapeva region has so far accumulated 25 deaths and 1,683 confirmed cases from Covid-19.
The City Hall of Charqueada implanted in the last sixth sanitary barriers to control the entrance of vehicles and pedestrians in the city, in joint inspection of the Municipal Civil Guard and of the Sanitary Surveillance.
The teams check the temperature of the drivers and occupants of the vehicles and provide guidance on how to behave in the pandemic. The action will continue until Sunday and aims to prevent cases and deaths from getting worse in the city. So far, there have been 18 deaths, for 939 confirmed cases, for a population of 17 thousand inhabitants.
In Araraquara, 24 vehicles were prevented from entering the city on Wednesday (31), the first day of operation of the sanitary barriers installed to help minimize the spread of the new coronavirus.
Drivers had to return to their cities of origin because they were unable to justify the reason for wanting to enter Araraquara.
In total, 1,124 vehicles were stopped by inspection teams, most of whom live in the city itself. Among the reasons accepted by the teams to allow vehicles to enter other places are work, illness and assistance to a sick or elderly family member.
But the occupants of the vehicle must present a negative Covid-19 test done within 48 hours at the most before arriving at the inspection.
If they don’t have the test, but claim that entry is essential, they can do it right away. Of 108 tests applied, 1 was positive.
The city has anticipated two holidays this week (Corpus Christi and Black Awareness Day and the Orixás) to create a five-day bridge until Easter Sunday (4).
“We want to prevent people from other municipalities from being contaminated or with the intention of tourism, leisure. We are experiencing a serious pandemic and the moment is to stay at home ”, said the secretary of Public Security of Araraquara, João Alberto Nogueira Junior.
Who also adopted sanitary barriers is Piracicaba, who anticipated holidays and announced severe restrictions on the movement of people since the last 27 days and that will continue until Sunday.
The barriers have been set up daily in the main points of the city. At the weekend, for example, they were on Avenida Beira Rio and at the intercity bus terminal, among other points.
Meetings of more than 10 people are prohibited, which is a limit for what is considered agglomeration by the administration. The goal is to avoid leasing of farms, which are often used for clandestine parties.
On the 26th, when the measures were announced, the occupancy rate of exclusive ICU beds for patients diagnosed with Covid-19 was 102%. This Thursday, it was 93% – the reduction has no link with the restrictive measures, since the occupation in ICUs is seen by specialists as the last sector to feel a positive impact of the restrictions.
In Barretos, restrictions are even greater, with fines of R $ 500 per person caught in groups with more than three people in the Lagos Region or on avenues such as Via das Comitivas – which leads to Parque do Peão, where the Festa do Peão takes place. Peão de Boiadeiro – from the Nations and Via dos Coqueiros.
In the last weekend alone, inspections by the city’s Health Surveillance, with Procon and the Military Police, caught 67 parties, which were closed.
Laranjal Paulista entered the lockdown. In the last week, in just one day, the city confirmed 108 cases of Covid-19. The accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic indicates 2,804 confirmed cases, with 31 deaths, in the city of 28 thousand inhabitants.
In the last week, the Santa Casa ICU reached its maximum capacity, with 10 patients hospitalized with Covid-19, in addition to 9 others in the infirmary.
“The measure aims to reduce the transmission of new strains of the coronavirus that are more transmissible and fatal, contain hospital overload and preserve the life and health of the population,” says an excerpt from a statement from the administration.
Public spaces were banned and the city government asked residents not to use squares, leisure spaces and parks during the period.
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