A user dies from coronavirus, October 13, 2020




The Provincial Council of Bizkaia will deploy this Wednesday a special device in Abanto-Zierbena to carry out a preventive screening of professionals from 13 social and health centers.

Three other users of nursing homes have died in the last hours in the CAV, also distributed in Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa.

A user of a residence for the elderly from Bizkaia has died in the last hours due to the COVID-19, as reported on Tuesday by the Provincial Council of Bizkaia.

In a note, the Provincial Council informs that 48 residents they have tested positive in coronavirus tests. In this sense, 16 users of these residences have had to be hospitalized, while a total of 1944 residents have already recovered and have tested negative for COVID-19 after overcoming the disease; 6 of them in the last hours.

The Provincial Council explains that there are currently 6 centers with affected residents: Leioa-IFAS Care Center (31), Marcelo Gangoiti-Muskiz (6), Aspaldiko-Portugalete (6), Zorrozgoiti-Bilbao (3), Albiz Santiago Llanos-Sestao (1) and Zuetxe-Bakio (1).

Also, a total of 65 workers of these centers have also contracted the virus, and another 54 are in isolation, waiting to know the result of the test.

The Provincial Council of Bizkaia will deploy this Wednesday a special device in Abanto-Zierbena to carry out a preventive screening of professionals from 13 social and health centers (residential and day care) for the elderly and people with disabilities in the region of Mining.

The regional rapid response teams will be in the Gallarta pediment, an installation that the City Council has made available to the Foral Institution. Throughout the day 434 professionals are cited to get PCR tests done.

On the other hand, the specialized socio-sanitary unit of Virgin to attend cases of coronavirus infection, it welcomes 54 people. Of these, 31 are users of the network of residential centers and 23 people in a fragile situation who are undergoing quarantine after being admitted to hospital.

At the close of the day, October 12, there were 155 authorized residences for the elderly in Bizkaia, with 10,748 places.


An elderly person positive for covid-19 and a resident of the Mizpirualde center in Bergara (Gipuzkoa) has died in the last hours. On the other hand, the PCR tests that continue to be carried out in nursing homes have not registered new positives.

To date, there are five residences for the elderly that have active cases of covid-19: Santa María Magdalena in Hernani (8), Sagrado Corazón in Errenteria (3), Alai-Etxe in San Sebastián (23), Mizpirualde in Bergara (13) and La Paz in the capital of Gipuzkoa (1).

In total, there are 48 active cases among users of residential centers for the elderly, 55 have already overcome the disease, and 33 have died since the first positives were given on August 11.

The Gipuzkoa residential network has a total of 65 centers and 5,425 places for the care of the elderly, and in the prevention work that the Provincial Council continues to carry out in all the centers of the territory, only in the last week, it has carried out, in collaboration with DYA, a total of 4,626 PCR tests (2,074 for residents and 2,552 for workers). Since July, the total number of PCRs carried out by the Provincial Council and DYA, amounts to 23,874 tests.


A user of the private community housing for the elderly Florida Etxea in Vitoria-Gasteiz has died in the last hours with coronavirus while he was admitted to the hospital.

The Provincial Council of Álava has reported this death and that the Provincial Institute of Social Welfare has closed the Txagorritxu assisted day center, also in the Alava capital, which cares for the elderly.

The reason for this closure is the detection of two positives for coronavirus among users and another two among staff members.

The rest of the users, about twenty, are waiting to undergo PCR tests, as well as the entire staff. In addition, diagnostic tests will be carried out in the psychogeriatric module of the day center next to the one affected by these positive cases.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. In the face of fake news, pay attention only to official sources. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember, the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is hand washing. Masks are mandatory in the CAV and Navarra. In Iparralde it is compulsory in “closed public spaces” and in the most important municipalities and cities of Lapurdi.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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