MINSA: Press Release #80

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
MINSA inspects businesses covered under block 1

The Ministry of Health (MINSA), following up on the gradual process development of the new normality, carried out inspections at mechanical workshops to ensure compliance with resolution number 423 of May 13, 2020, in which the reactivation of these activities is authorized.

These inspections were carried out in 40 companies between the metropolitan area and San Miguelito, where it was found that most of them complied with the provisions established by the MINSA.

It is important to emphasize that the operations of these activities may only be carried out through online sales or through digital platforms.

The provision clearly establishes that they will only operate from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, in addition, these companies will only be authorized a maximum of ten (10) employees per branch during this first phase, while deliveries are authorized on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 12 noon.

It has been determined that the delivery of the requested products will be made exclusively in company vehicles.

Other activities such as maintenance of air conditioning systems, elevators, swimming pool cleaning and pest control companies are also under this umbrella.

Personnel from the Ministry of Health in Chiriquí and San Miguelito carried out health interventions in various areas, given the increase in cases in places such as Alanje, David and Belisario Porras.

The Ministry of Health also communicates to all Panamanians that the application of sanitary measures such as: quarantine, isolation or others for reasons of COVID-19 will be applied without any privileges, since the primary function and constitutional duty of the State and the MINSA it is to ensure the life, health and well-being of the entire population in the country.

In addition, this afternoon a meeting was held in conjunction with the Labor Ministry (MITRADEL) to discuss relevant aspects regarding the reopening of companies and to standardize criteria related to these processes.

Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) on epidemiology surveillances

As part of the actions during the COVID 19 pandemic, epidemiological surveillance has been reinforced in all health facilities and hemodialysis units of the CSS. The hemodialysis units, where strict biosecurity measures are maintained due to the type of patients treated, require additional surveillance.

The CSS has 17 hemodialysis units throughout the country, where 2,189 patients receive treatment. Of this total, 15 have tested positive with COVID 19, which represents 0.7%. All have been by community transmission. Of the 15 cases, two have died.

By age group, six patients correspond to the group of 60-79 years and six to the group of 40-59 years. A case under 20 years. 9 patients have a history of hypertension, and the rest have Diabetes Mellitus and chronic kidney cases.

Today, May 14, 5 patients are at home and 8 remain hospitalized (7 in wards, one in the intensive care unit). All stable.

Additionally, we communicate that the CSS has ended its commercial relationship with one of the hemodialysis unit providers, however we inform the patients that their treatment will continue without interruption and will not be affected.

These units will be under our responsibility with the assistance of other provider who will continue providing the service.

Epidemiological report

Today, May 14, 6,080 recovered are reported, 174 new cases for a total of 9,118.

2,422 patients in home isolation (737 in hotels), 260 deceased, while hospitalized there are 356, with 284 in wards and 72 in the intensive care units.

MINSA requests the population to continue implementing measures such as physical distancing, hand washing and the correct use of masks, which are efficient weapons to eradicate COVID-19.

All of the official information regarding the novel coronavirus in Panama and the actions that the national government has taken are communicated on MINSA social media accounts and on the web pages (www.minsa.gob.pa and https://yomeinformopma.org/). They are also available on our hotline by dialing 169 or WhatsApp number 6997-2539.

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