Covid-19 outbreaks in three Algarve nursing homes

in News · 30-09-2020 10:08:00 · 2 Comments

Three Algarve nursing homes currently have Covid-19 outbreaks.

The Director-General for Health Graça Freitas said yesterday there are 51 active outbreaks in nursing homes nationwide, the largest number being in the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley. The three in the Algarve are Loulé (Quarteira), Olhão and Tavira. The Algarve University and Hospital Central (CHUA) also confirmed some of its professionals are infected with covid-19, without quantifying the number or specifying the units or services in which they work.


Nursing homes were already severely affected in the spring, mainly in the northern and central regions, and the outbreaks caused a staggering number of fatalities. One would have thought that lessons had been learnt and measures put in place to avoid the virus spreading in these institutions where people are vulnerable.
I believe the Prime Minister initiated a plan to recruit more care home staff from the growing number of unemployed in tourism and hospitality sector (who already possess some some basic care/first aid training). If it's not a question of human resources, what can it be? One would assume and hope that those responsible for health and social care ought to be well-prepared by now to tackle surges in infections swiftly and successfully.

By Annie from Algarve on 30-09-2020 05:14

Aerosols, ventilation, ventilation, ventilation. Didn't they learn anything over the last months?!

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 30-09-2020 04:24
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