PCR tests on staff and pupils begins in schools in Las Palmas and Arrecife

2020/09/17 13:08:38 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Ministries of Health and Education of the Canary Islands began yesterday, Wednesday, diagnostic screening for Covid-19 in the Infant and Primary schools of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, while today it will be carried out in education centres in Arrecife, because they are the two municipalities in the Canary Islands with the highest cumulative incidence rate of coronavirus.

The screening, the result of a recommendation from the Health Emergency committee, began in the first Infant and Primary schools (CEIP) in the capital of Gran Canaria, and will continue during this week until the completion of tests in all centres. In Arrecife, Lanzarote, the screening will be carried out in all the CEIPs of the municipality today.

One hundred specialist nurses divided into five extraction groups will be in charge of the detection team in Las Palmas, and they will be in charge of carrying out the tests on teachers, students, and staff of services and canteens of Infant and Primary schools.

To do this, they will be transferred every day to the established centres where they will carry out the tests, the result of which will be recorded in the Medical History of each patient of the Canary Health Service.

Positive cases that may arise will be communicated to the General Directorate of Public Health and the Primary Care Management, in order to apply the tracking protocol to each positive case.

The extraction group that will go to the schools has a logistics base located in El Goro, from every day, first thing in the morning, they will take the necessary materials to each school, and refrigerators to conserve the samples, and they will then organize their collection in refrigerated trucks that take them to the laboratory with all the necessary safety and conservation measures.

The PCR tests will be processed in the Microbiology laboratory of the Ntra. Sra. De La Candelaria University Hospital, which has a new robot that allows its analytical capacity to be massively doubled. This technique allows greater efficiency in mass testing, reducing the delivery times of results.