Infectologists fear new spike in cases due to coming long weekend

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Local infectologists attribute the present spike in Covid-19 cases to friends and family gatherings for the Christmas holidays. Dominicans are now suffering the effects of the extended curfew that was ordered to contain the spike.



Now there is an extended weekend coming and virus specialist Héctor Balcácer Estévez warns that all the efforts of the present lockdowns in January could be lost if the extra time translates into people getting together without sufficient preventive measures.



Thursday, 21 January is a religious holiday in the Dominican Republic honoring Our Lady of High Grace (Virgen de la Altagracia). And it is followed by Duarte Day, which honors Juan Pablo Duarte, the country’s forefather that falls on Tuesday, 26 January but will be celebrated on Monday, 25 January. Hundreds of thousands of city-living Dominicans are expected to mobilize for the long...

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scot_tosh

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They're really putting themselves out on a limb with this one. :sneaky:

 

CristoRey

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Dominican Today should do a story about how the government is giving money
to companies operating in the zona francas to distribute to their employees to
help off-set the fact their hours have been reduced yet they are only distributing
about half of what's owed to the employees and pocketing the rest. Average employee
made around 2800 peso a week pre covid.

Doctor Tosh, I know you have an extensive background in Medical, Economics and History,
by chance are you also practicing Dominican Law? If so, would you be willing to represent
about 60 people pro bono over in Moca?
 

scot_tosh

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Dominican Today should do a story about how the government is giving money
to companies operating in the zona francas to distribute to their employees to
help off-set the fact their hours have been reduced yet they are only distributing
about half of what's owed to the employees and pocketing the rest. Average employee
made around 2800 peso a week pre covid.

Doctor Tosh, I know you have an extensive background in Medical, Economics and History,
by chance are you also practicing Dominican Law? If so, would you be willing to represent
about 60 people pro bono over in Moca?
Dominican Today should do a story about how the government is giving money
to companies operating in the zona francas to distribute to their employees to
help off-set the fact their hours have been reduced yet they are only distributing
about half of what's owed to the employees and pocketing the rest. Average employee
made around 2800 peso a week pre covid.

Doctor Tosh, I know you have an extensive background in Medical, Economics and History,
by chance are you also practicing Dominican Law? If so, would you be willing to represent
about 60 people pro bono over in Moca?

Sor
Dominican Today should do a story about how the government is giving money
to companies operating in the zona francas to distribute to their employees to
help off-set the fact their hours have been reduced yet they are only distributing
about half of what's owed to the employees and pocketing the rest. Average employee
made around 2800 peso a week pre covid.

Doctor Tosh, I know you have an extensive background in Medical, Economics and History,
by chance are you also practicing Dominican Law? If so, would you be willing to represent
about 60 people pro bono over in Moca?
ry not my area of expertise, maybe you could try garyexpat
 

CristoRey

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Mr. Expat happens to be a very good friend of mine.
He (unlike you) fully understands how these draconian
measures are ruining people's livelihood's and their children's
educations. He also just launched a campaign in a Call Center
down in the Capital which will employee several Dominicans
while many are currently still unemployed looking for work.
 
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Goldenruler

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Our condominium complex has been overrun with people since Friday. Once they get to the pool or beach there's not a mask in sight. Huge groups of people everywhere. If this is an indication of other complexes & resorts, there will definitely be an increase in cases.
 

Yourmaninvegas

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People are tired of "toca de queda".
I know I am.
Humans are social animals.
They are not going to isolate for long periods of time.
Especially not from family and friends.
 

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You're both probably right. Unfortunately they're the best hope to keep things under control until enough vaccinations can be done, once the vaccines finally start to arrive. This is not easy even if it seems simple.
 

JD Jones

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Just about every medical group here except those in the govt. have come out against relaxing restrictions.

And here's the latest as of this evening from Diario Libre:

Hospital occupancy for COVID-19 in clinics is higher than in the public public network


The hospital occupancy for COVID-19 in the country's clinics is higher than that registered in the hospitals of the public network. Of the 1,017 admission beds enabled in private centers, 68.6% of enabled people.

In the case of the public network, only 32.6% of the 1,523 beds available to care for patients with coronavirus.

According to the COVID-19 Hospital Availability Tool of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Planning, 60.3% of the 290 intensive care beds in private centers are occupied. The use of ventilators stands at 43.5%, as a whole the clinics have 200 devices.

Public hospitals for the coronavirus have 56.1% of the 221 intensive care beds occupied. While 37.9% of its 179 fans are used.

Santiago
In Santiago, six private clinics offer care to patients with coronavirus. Together these centers have 290 hospital beds, 88 intensive care beds, and 54 ventilators.

76.5% of the 290 admission beds are occupied, 75% of the ICUs and 72% of the ventilators.

The Unión Médica del Norte clinic, which had 49 beds to care for COVID-19 patients, does not have availability. Similarly, its 27 ICUs and 13 ventilators are busy.

The Doctor Bonilla clinic, which only has 7 beds, is also full, however, only 60% of its 10 ICUs are used.

The three private centers that enabled the most beds for internment are Homs with 87 and of these 65% are occupied, followed by the Corominas clinic with 85 and an occupation of 70% and finally, the Instituto Materno Infantil San Martin de Porres with 52 and an occupancy of 86.5%.

Greater Santo Domingo
Of the 265 beds enabled in 17 private centers in Greater Santo Domingo to care for patients with coronavirus, 67.5% are occupied.

The Vista del Jardín medical center has its 15 COVID-19 income beds full as well as the Dominican Dominican who allocated 14 beds for these purposes.

The Cruz Jiminían clinic has 90% of its 11 beds occupied, while the Obstetrics and Gynecology center (14) and the National Polyclinic (7) occupy 85.7 of its beds.

The UCE medical center, which has 38 beds to admit patients with COVID-19, has 84.2% occupied, while the Elohim occupies 83.3% of the 12 it has.

Yulissa Alvarez
 
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