By Dr. Deneb Poli
We find ourselves at the start of a new year and unfortunately COVID is still upon us for the third year running. BCS is still working its way out of the fourth wave of COVID-19 with OMICRON since its detection in late December 2021.
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This was to be expected with tourism peaking and hotels at maximum capacity. State health authorities have placed Los Cabos at Level 3 and continue to ask that face masks be used in public spaces and have established that local businesses can operate at 50% capacity.
Currently there are 1229 active cases that have been detected in Los Cabos by government health authorities. Many people are being tested at private laboratories or hospitals and these numbers unfortunately go unreported making the official number unreliable. Luckily most cases have been mild and few have needed hospitalization giving the local hospitals and healthcare workers a much needed break.
Vaccination has moved forward with those over 60 and health care workers receiving a third booster dose against COVID 19 with AstraZeneca. Children are now receiving their second dose and we have yet to hear news about vaccination for those under 14 years of age. Children 12-14 and have a known illness that puts them at risk are eligible for vaccination.
Free testing is available Monday to Friday at the local baseball stadium in San Jose del Cabo and on the weekends at the Centro de Salud in front of Coppel on Manuel Doblado street. There are also testing points in Cabo San Lucas. A hotline is available for free psychological help due to the stress and anxiety induced by COVID. Further information can be found for testing points and the hotline at http://saludbcs.gob.mx/.
International travel advisories continue to change as well as testing timelines, vaccination requirements and bans. Please review your country’s requirements on official websites for further information.