Between June 12 and 19 they were confirmed 50 new positive cases of coronavirus in homes of children and adolescents and institutions for minors in the City of Buenos Aires, of which 30 are boys and 20 employees. At the moment, there are four minors and one adult hospitalized in Buenos Aires health centers.
According to a report by the Commission for the Follow-up of the Institutional Treatment of Girls, Boys and Adolescents of the Office of the Ombudsman, if the institutes of minors from Buenos Aires are included, which house adolescents who are in conflict with the law, since the beginning of the pandemic the total number of infected amounts to 80 (41 boys and 39 workers).
As revealed Infobae, the homes in which cases were confirmed They are five: Vallecito, Apapachar, Curapaligue, Nuestra Señora del Valle and PRONAT’S Teenage Women.
From the Ministry of Human Development and Habitat of the City, on which these institutions depend, they reported that the cases were detected thanks to the preventive measures that were taken. As revealed, on June 15 all inmates and domestic workers were tested, even though they were asymptomatic.
Furthermore, since the start of the pandemic a space was provided for insulation of inmates considered as suspicious cases within homes, as indicated in the protocol drawn up with the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health.
“There is no specific protocol from the Ministry of Health for the institutions of accommodation of minors and thus they must face a bit of solitude a case of positive COVID. Too swabs are being delayed and the delivery of the results, “he told Infobae María García Morabito, coordinator of the Commission of the Ombudsman’s Office.
He added: “Homes are not places where there is enough space or rooms to be able to do strict insulation and there are many workers who asked for or are asking for licenses out of fear of going to work. “
From the Commission they sent a document to Carolina Díaz, General Director of Childhood and Adolescence, in which they asked her different claimssuch as speeding up the performance of diagnostic tests and the delivery of results; to improve the protocol for dealing with suspected cases of COVID-19, to have more special budget lines, to deliver cleaning kits and to be vaccinated against influenza.
The same reality is lived in public homes and hospitals which house boys with mental health problems or disabilities. In these spaces, in the last week, 14 infections in minors and 16 in workers.
The closed institutions represent one of the main concerns of the health authorities, since their structural conditions make it virus spread easier. For this reason, the Ministry of Health of the Nation included them among the most sensitive criteria in the definition of a suspected case, so that they can be internally tested and workers if they have two symptoms, even if they have not been in close contact with a positive case.
In total, the City has 35 homes that house between 12 and 25 boys, from newborn to 21 years old. Between 20 and 25 people work in each of them.
One of the main claims of these institutions against the pandemic is budget, than it is scarce. Since now, transportation costs were added of employees, who are paid a car to prevent them from traveling on public transport and thus minimize the possibility of contagion.
Meanwhile, the City together with the Metropolitan Area of the province registered a peak of positive cases in recent weeks, which day by day exceeds 90% of the total of new confirmed nationally. Faced with this, the authorities are analyzing implement restrictive measures to control the spread.