After the theoretical training and immersed in the practical part, a total of 23 municipal workers -which will increase to thirty in the coming weeks- follow up on positive cases for compliance with the quarantine and work to identify and limit possible contacts To reduce the incidence of the virus, Caravaca is committed to a planned strategy based on four axes: exhaustive tracking, early detection through screening or selective tests to stop outbreaks, special devices of the Local Police and, last but not least, responsibility local society collective The objective is to join forces to make a retaining wall that stops the transmission chain, as reported by councilors Ana Belén Martínez and Laura Sánchez in the visit to the Youth Center, where the trackers carry out their work, divided into groups and with computer equipment connected to epidemiology services The local tracking team made available to the Murcia Region Health Council by the Caravaca de la Cruz City Council and made up of more than twenty municipal workers, which in the next few days will exceed thirty people - works in the fight against the expansion of COVID-19, under the direction of supervisors of the Murcian Health Service and with telematic equipment provided by the Consistory itself. The strategy that Caravaca de la Cruz is betting on to change the trend and stop the alarming rise in cases in recent weeks is based on four basic axes: exhaustive tracking of positive cases and their contacts for compliance with the quarantine; early detection through screening or selective tests to certain sectors of the population or social or work areas where an outbreak may occur based on information previously collected by local trackers; the special device of the Local Police for compliance with the regulations and, last but not least, the responsibility and collective awareness of the entire Caravacan society. "It is a pioneer and pilot model, which will be followed by other municipalities, and which is firmly committed to local tracking, employing a large part of its own personnel, whose public services have been interrupted or reduced as a result of the orders issued by the state of alarm.
The end is none other than to build a retaining wall, slowing down the chain of transmission, and the ultimate goal is for the virus to die or cut itself off in the person who carries it without it passing to more neighbors, "he detailed the Councilor for Human Resources, Ana Belén Martínez, during the visit to the Caravaca Youth Center, where the tracking work is carried out with personnel divided into groups. The visit was also attended by the mayor of Youth, Laura Sánchez, who detailed that there are currently 23 people who are in the facilities of the Youth Center, mostly from the Department of Sports, supported by the Youth area , and which will soon be increased by another ten thanks to the collaboration of the Tourism area and the staff of the Caravaca de la Cruz Museum Network. Last week, the tracking team of the Caravaca de la Cruz City Council, which carries out its work for the Ministry of Health, received theoretical training from experts from the Epidemiology Service of the Region of Murcia and the management of Area IV of Northwest Health.
During this Monday and Tuesday they have passed to the practical part, under the protocol established by the health authorities. The work consists mainly of contacting positive people and analyzing the level of severity of their symptoms, knowing where the contagion may have occurred and collecting the close contacts of these patients, with whom they communicate to keep quarantine and to whom they are orders the PCR test.
Another fundamental function is to detect where a high incidence occurs, such as in a certain professional group or in a geographical area, to carry out a selective screening of a specific group in order to stop the spread of an outbreak. "Based on this planned strategy and its basic axes, we hope that the situation will change significantly in the coming days.
It is a path to walk that requires strength, patience and responsibility from everyone and an immense effort from many health workers.
and workers from various fields ", has indicated Ana Belén Martínez. Likewise, the councilor of the Caracas Council has recalled that the fight against the pandemic is an absolute priority, although the powers of the local administration are very limited.
"From the first day, the City Council of Caravaca de la Cruz has not put itself in profile and, always attending to the criteria of the health authorities and in accordance with what is coordinated in the meetings of the Local COVID-19 Monitoring Committee, has all the means humans and materials that are necessary at the disposal of the Ministry of Health of the Region of Murcia ", has concluded.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz