They are intensifying the monitoring of suspected cases of Coronavirus infection in the governorate’s hospitals

In view of the increasing cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Ministry of Public Health issued instructions to all areas of operations, in order to intensify the monitoring of suspected cases and adhere to mandatory notification in the National Health Surveillance System (SNVS).

In this sense, the Minister of Health Services, Adrien Roa, sent Memorandum No. 16 to the Directors-General of all basic hospitals in the area of ​​operations, requesting the arbitration of the necessary mechanisms to establish intensive surveillance “in reference to suspected cases, laboratory diagnosis, immunizations, hospitalizations, referrals and referrals.” Anti-patients, notification and registration in SNVS.

Likewise, it is recommended to “activate existing protocols for the differential diagnosis of acute fever syndrome, compatible with arboviruses in the context of the spread of SARS CoV-2 and others that may arise.”

Epidemiological situation

In the first half of January, 145 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Salta, an increase of 271.8 percent, compared to the last 15 days of December 2023, when 39 positive cases were reported.

Since the start of 2024, four deaths have been recorded in the county: two of them men, one a 42-year-old who lived in Beechanal; The other patient was 66 years old and lived in Embarcación.

The other two deaths were a 91-year-old woman living in the city of Salta. The other patient is 95 years old and lives in Campo Quijano.


  • Fever of 37.5°C or more.
  • Throat pain.
  • difficulty breathing.
  • headache.
  • Myalgia.
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting.
  • Rhinitis and/or nasal congestion.
  • Sudden loss of sense of taste or smell.

If there are two or more symptoms, the person must go to the health center or hospital closest to his home to receive medical assistance.

Recommendations for the population

In order to reduce transmission of the virus, the following is recommended:

  • Proper use of a mask, if symptoms are present.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation of environments
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based gel
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
  • Do not share a companion and/or dishes
  • Maintain environmental cleanliness
  • Immunization according to current recommendations
  • Do not go to public places or gatherings with family or friends if you have symptoms.
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