The school confirmed today, in a statement to parents, that 18 new cases were registered in the elementary school, bringing the number of infected students to 61.
“We are getting in touch again to inform you that 18 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the last four days in our Primary School, Belgrano headquarters, adding a total of 61 students who are currently affected and passing through the period isolation, “said the ORT school today through the notification.
Due to the initial infections, face-to-face classes at the primary level of the Belgrano headquarters of the establishment have been suspended since Monday and several bubbles of students are isolated in their homes.
“We have been talking from the beginning both with the Ministry of Education of the Nation, and with the school authorities,” said sources from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health.
They added that “last Monday it was decided to move the primary to virtual mode, while we continue to carry out the corresponding epidemiological investigation and daily control the confirmed cases and their contacts.”
Last Sunday, the establishment informed the parents of the students that as of Monday, September 13, they would maintain “the pedagogical continuity of all the primary school students at the Belgrano campus through our virtual proposal.”
Last Friday, the authorities of the ORT college informed the families that 43 positive cases of Covid-19 had been detected in that institution.
“Dear families: We are getting in touch to inform you that 43 positive cases of coronavirus have been detected among our students at the Belgrano campus -primary level-, whose bubbles have been isolated from the confirmation of the results,” the authorities reported to the parents of the establishment through an email of general circulation.
In addition, at least one Physical Education teacher who teaches primary and secondary school was diagnosed with the virus and other secondary school students also had to be isolated.
On Saturday, three children, two of them 7 years old and one 9, were diagnosed with the Delta variant, after the samples were analyzed in the Virology laboratory of the Ricardo Gutiérrez Children’s Hospital, central node of the PAIS Consortium, funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
From the Malbrán they assured that they still cannot confirm if there are indeed more cases infected with the Delta variant.
The Buenos Aires health minister, Fernán Quirós, assured on Sunday that “the epidemiological investigation” is being carried out to reliably determine the number of total cases of the Delta variant among those infected with coronavirus at the ORT school.
“We have had in the educational community a number of people who have had positive PCR with the Delta variant. The three are boys from primary school, we are doing all the epidemiological research and talking with the families about the encounters, opportunities, mechanisms and chains of contagion ”, Quirós said opportunely.
For her part, the president of the Argentine Society of Vaccination and Epidemiology (SAVE), Florencia Cahn, had indicated -with regard to infections in the Buenos Aires school- that “when many cases are diagnosed in one place it always worries”.
Regarding the expansion of the Delta variant at the national level, the infectologist stated that there is “community circulation, but it is not yet the predominant variant in the country”, and explained that “from when it begins to circulate, a few months pass until it becomes predominant” .
“The variant that predominates in the country is the variant of Manaus,” Cahn said in statements to Radio Colonia.
The head of the Medicine Department of the Ricardo Gutiérrez Children’s Hospital, Eduardo López, affirmed days ago that with the ORT infections “a yellow light was turned on” although he pointed out that “it is not serious news, it is unfortunate and indicates that we must work very hard as Córdoba did, where the outbreak could be controlled ”.
Meanwhile, the infectologist at the Muñiz Hospital, Gabriela Piovano, pointed out that “what happened at the school is a sample of a phenomenon that we are not seeing. We are failing to insist on being present ”, he concluded in dialogue with Télam.