More than 216,000 antigen tests in hospitals since Christmas Eve: one in three is positive

Updated Saturday, January 15, 2022 –

22 points have been enabled to carry out the tests within the health centers themselves or in tents installed ‘ad hoc’

A health worker performs an antigen test on a citizen.JAVIER BARBANCHO
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Monday noon at October 12 Hospital in Madrid. A large line of people distanced from each other surrounds the pavilion destined for research and teaching. What it costs is to access the small neighboring building where antigen tests are being carried out on people with symptoms compatible with Covid-19, an hour and a half in this specific case, because then the process is meteoric: from when they ask for to one the health card until you leave there with the number with which you will be called to communicate the result not even five minutes pass.

Since twenty devices like this were launched on December 22 to try to decongest health centers in the face of the avalanche of infections caused by the micron variant, at least 216,368 rapid diagnostic tests, according to the data recorded by the Minister of Health until this Thursday. In one out of every three cases -35%- the result has been positive.

In most hospitals, such as the aforementioned 12 de Octubre, the free tests without an appointmentThey are being done in facilities set up for this purpose within their own facilities and even in their own lobbies. Others have had to put up tents to this due to lack of space inside, like the Gregorio Marán and the Clnico. The latter has rented his for a month through an emergency contract worth 15,753 euros.

In addition, altogether other health centers have been established in several health centers in the region. 34 specific points to, in this case, speed up the performance of both antigen tests and PCR. Since Christmas Eve, more than 45,767 tests have been carried out in them and 386,568 in the Primary Care services as a whole.

In this sixth wave of the pandemic, many things have changed compared to the previous ones. In addition to the fact that each positive per micron infects an average of between 10 and 15 people -a record hitherto unprecedented-, measures such as case tracking or mass screening of the population have already ceased to be useful, as this article explained. week the Deputy Minister of Public Health and the Covid-19 Plan, Antonio Zapatero, in an interview with EL MUNDO.

The use of antigen tests, on the other hand, is still considered a very effective tool to stop the chains of transmission of the virus. For this reason, the Ministry of Health decided to deliver one free of charge to each resident of Madrid before the Christmas holidays so that gatherings with family and friends would be as safe as possible, although supply problems prevented the planned deadlines from being met.

Now up to five million units have already reached pharmacies in different batches, distributed through an agreement with Cofares, which in the first days disappeared from the shelves in a few minutes. Until this Friday, a total of 3,290,505 had already been withdrawn, the result of which, if positive, must be communicated by the users themselves to the follow-up telephone number. 900 102 112,although for the moment it is not incorporated into the official statistics.

The 22 hospitals in which circuits independent of the Emergency services have been established to carry out antigen tests are La Paz, 12 de Octubre, Clnico, La Princesa, Ramón y Cajal, Infanta Leonor and Gregorio Marán, in Madrid capital; and Fuenlabrada, Henares (Coslada), Southeast (Arganda del Rey), Alcorcón, Torrejn, Príncipe de Asturias (Alcal de Henares), Mstoles, Severo Ochoa (Legans), Infanta Sofía (San Sebastián de los Reyes), Getafe, Puerta de Hierro (Majadahonda), Infanta Cristina (Parla), Tajo, El Escorial and La Fuenfra (Cercedilla). In other centers these types of tests are also being carried out, but without there being a specific area for it.

“This operation It is not aimed at the asymptomatic population nor to close contacts of positive cases”, insist from the Ministry of Health. From this Saturday these diagnostic tests can also be purchased privately in pharmacies at a maximum price of 2.94 euros set by the central government.

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