Isolation for Covid positives: the new rules of the Ministry of Health

Isolation for Covid positives: the new rules of the Ministry of Health

Isolation for Covid positives ends after five days, in the case of a negative swab and provided that they have been symptom-free for at least two days, and no longer after seven days. In the event of persistent positivity, however, the isolation can still be interrupted at the end of the fourteenth day, instead of the current twenty-one. He foresees it – as he writes – a new circular from the Ministry of Health entitled “Update of case management methods and close contacts in the event of Covid-19”.

The document states that “people who have tested positive in a molecular or antigenic diagnostic test for Sars-CoV-2 are subjected to the measurement of isolation, in the following ways. For cases that have always been asymptomatic or were first symptomatic but have been asymptomatic for at least 2 days, the isolation may end after 5 days, provided that a negative antigenic or molecular test is performed at the end of the isolation period. In case of persistent positivity, the ‘isolation at the end of the 14th day from the first positive swab, regardless of the test. For close contacts in case of Sars-CoV-2 infection, the indications contained in circular no. 2022 “New ways of managing cases and close contacts in Covid-19 cases”.

The circular, signed by the director of prevention of the ministry of health, Gianni Rezza, was issued “as a result of the cessation of the state of emergency and the opinion issued by the Higher Health Council on 24 August”, reads. The ministry, again according to what is expressed in the document, assessed the global spread of the new Omicron variant B.1.1.529 and considering the current evolution of the clinical picture of covid, updated the indications on case management and isolation methods .

Covid, the weekly bulletin in Sicily: declining infections

In the week from 22 to 28 August there was a decrease in new cases with an incidence of 10,747 (-7%) and a cumulative value of 224 / 100,000 inhabitants. The rate of new positives higher than the regional average was recorded in the provinces of Messina (339 / 100,000 inhabitants), Syracuse (248 / 100,000), Trapani (247 / 100,000) and Agrigento (232 / 100,000). The age groups most at risk are those between 70 and 79 years (297 / 100,000 inhabitants) and between 60 and 69 years (277 / 100,000). New hospitalizations are also slightly down.

As for the vaccination campaign, the data refer to the week from 24 to 30 August. In the target age 5-11, the vaccinated with at least one dose amounted to 26.33%. 69,812 children completed the primary cycle, equal to 22.75%. Over 12 years vaccinated with at least one dose amounted to 90.72%, while the percentage of those who completed the primary cycle was 89.40%. The vaccinated with additional dose / booster (third dose) are 2,760,768 equal to 72.29% of those entitled.

The booster booster dose (fourth dose) began on 1 March in subjects over 12 with marked impairment of the immune response and who have already completed the primary vaccination course with three doses of at least 120 days. From 13 July, the fourth dose vaccination was extended to over 60 years and to people with high frailty over 12, provided that a minimum interval of at least 120 days has elapsed from the first booster dose or from the last infection following the booster (date of positive diagnostic test). Since March 1st, a total of 100,925 fourth dose administrations have been carried out, of which 46,939 to subjects over 80.

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