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Monitoring of the incidence of SARS in the population of Lviv region, for the 51st week of 2023

According to the results of monitoring the incidence of acute respiratory viral infections in the population of Lviv region for the 51st week of 2023 (December 18-24), Lviv region registered 13,039 cases of SARS (530.1 per 100,000 population) against 12,122 cases (492, 8 per 100,000 population) for the previous week – a 7.0% increase in morbidity.

Increased morbidity is observed in the territory of Lviv and Stryi districts.

For the 51st week, the intensive indicator of SARS, including COVID-19, is 22.1% higher than the epidemic threshold of 434.07.

In the structure of morbidity, the share of children under the age of 17 was 52.3% - 6,821 children.

During the reporting week, the virological laboratory of the State University "Lviv State Medical Center of the Ministry of Health" identified influenza A viruses in 3 cases.

No deaths due to influenza have been registered.

Since the beginning of the epidemic season, 14,919 people have been vaccinated against influenza in the Lviv region, of which 7,374 are people from the medical and epidemic risk group.

449 people fell ill with the coronavirus disease, compared to 420 last week.

5 deaths were registered among persons older than 65 years.

71 patients were receiving inpatient treatment.

1,102,787 people were vaccinated against coronavirus with one dose, 1,039,527 people received the second dose, 211,689 people received the first booster, and 25,259 residents of Lviv Oblast received the second booster.

In accordance with the order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine dated 03.08.2020 No. 1777 "On the approval of Measures and Means for the prevention of infection during patient care", masks must be used in health care facilities/health care facilities in the following cases:

1) worn by patients with a cough in order to limit the potential spread of respiratory secretions that may contain infectious agents;

2) worn by workers for the purpose of their protection during contact with patients and/or biological secretions from them (for example, when providing assistance to a patient with a cough);

3) worn by medical workers during procedures and manipulations that require sterility in order to protect patients from possible exposure to infectious agents that can be transmitted through the nose and/or mouth (for example, when performing a lumbar puncture).

To prevent the transmission of respiratory infectious diseases, a patient with respiratory symptoms should wear a mask.

For the effective implementation of these measures, appropriate reminders should be placed at the entrance to the health care facility and/or at the registration points, and masks and napkins should be provided, if they are not available, to patients and visitors.

Patients or caregivers should immediately notify the medical registrar or other staff if they have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness (eg, nasal discharge, fever, cough or cough).

In addition, information that should be reported as soon as possible includes having a disease that increases susceptibility to infectious diseases (eg, AIDS, CF), diarrhea, skin rash, and potential/confirmed contact with people with infectious diseases that can cause an outbreak (for example, measles, chicken pox, whooping cough, tuberculosis).

Placement of the above categories of patients in separate rooms reduces the number of contact persons.

In waiting areas, a distance of at least one meter must be ensured between patients with respiratory symptoms and patients without them, while drop protection measures (wearing a mask) and cough etiquette must be observed.

Lviv Regional Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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