The Minister of Health of Araraquara, Ileana Honin, confirmed that the occupation of intensive care units (ICU) in Araraquara and the region has reached 100% in the Unified Health System (SUS), leaving only vacancies in private hospitals.
In an interview with CBN Araraquara Hanin said Thursday morning (10) that the situation is very worrying. “The numbers were that the indications provided by our decree would be reached and that everything had to move towards closure,” he says.
It is noteworthy that the closure does not depend on the occupation of the intensive care unit, but on the number of patients present. This Thursday (10), Araraquara broke the record with 281 new cases in one day. According to Honain, if indexes are overcome, it will automatically close. And confirms that “it will be issued immediately the next day.”
The ordinance in force in Araraquara provides for a seven-day shutdown if the number of individuals present reaches a certain rate on three consecutive days or five days in a one-week period. This indicator indicates 20% of all examinations performed or 30% of people who show symptoms.
The index was hit on Tuesday (8) and Thursday (10). So if the indicator is pressed on Friday and Saturday, we can start closing on Sunday. If the index is reached three more times by Monday, the shutdown could begin on Tuesday.
Hanin also said Araraquara has two patients waiting in intensive care beds. When we decide to close [em fevereiro]We were in a situation where we had 16 patients waiting for treatment in the hospital. For nearly three months, we had no patients waiting for a spot in the ICU. The situation began to change earlier this week.”
Although ICU occupation is not an indicator of closure, it is very concerning. Honin explains that many of the patients in the hospital in Araraquara are from other cities, but other cities also receive patients from Araraquara when necessary. “This is how SUS works. We are not able to open more beds and that is not what we want. We want to stop transmission and prevent more people from getting it, as 50% of people who go to the ICU end up dying,” explains.