The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands prepared yesterday an order to send to the judicial authorities in order to be able to carry out the “compulsory isolation” of users affected by the outbreak from the Municipal Shelter of Santa Cruz, both infected and close contacts, who have been referred to a hotel complex, Los Olivos Beach Resort, in Costa Adeje, or to the Hospiten sanitary facilities in the South. Blas Trujillo pointed out that the judicial authority asked to identify “not only the individuals, but the resources where we were going to proceed to compulsory isolation.”

The counselor recalled that it was on June 18 when an outbreak was reported in the Municipal Reception Center, started by several workers who came with symptoms, and that it affects some 67 positive people, 10 workers and their families, and 57 users of the center, and that exceeds a hundred with close contacts. He recalled that, once these people are being discharged, either because they are negative or because they do not show symptoms in a narrow case, they will be transferred again to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Trujillo pointed out that “it is difficult to maintain quarantine” for this profile of infected due to “their uprooting” and, “if sometimes we have difficulty for the population in general to comply with isolations”, imagine these cases because they are in a situation of “marginality ”, But for this they have the collaboration of the police forces. “The first beneficiaries are themselves.” It would be “a mistake” for them to “wander” through the streets of the city and with the possibility of contagion.

This decision coincides with the complaint on social networks of several users who are in isolation at the hotel, in which they complain about the treatment they are receiving, as well as health, hygiene and food irregularities. They say that they share a room infected with positives, some have not been able to change their clothes (they have received some donations) and that the individual household is a towel and a blanket. Likewise, they affirm that there are users without their medication and some have addiction problems, so that with the passing of the days “discomfort, restlessness and could lead to altercations” are being generated, among them trying to leave the place.

Vaccination

Remember that the Santa Cruz City Council, through the IMAS, recently reopened the Municipal Reception Center with around twenty places, leaving a hundred available for users who are currently undergoing quarantine. The Consistory demanded the vaccination for these homeless people, a request to which the neighborhood groups have joined in recent weeks.

The national vaccination plan states that these vulnerable people will be vaccinated with the Janssen dose. Several communities are already inoculating this group, while the Canary Islands have not started. According to the latest report from the Red Cross, in Santa Cruz there are about 800 people considered homeless, and in the entire island more than a thousand.

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