Baramati: Several days of stringent coronavirus lockdown, effective crowd prevention and management and contact tracing efforts of the local administration had earned Baramati city the tag of 'coronavirus-free city'. The distinction has been shortlived, two months to be precise. An Information Technology (IT) professional residing in Urban Gram township in Jalochi village in Baramati has tested positive for COVID-19.
The patient, who is 22, works in an IT company in Pune city. He had visited the company on June 22 and returned to his home. For a few days, he had no symptoms of COVID-19 before developing symptoms of cold and cough.
The patient went to Rui hospital and got himself tested for COVID-19. His report came positive after which his relatives, colleagues and other people who came in contact recently were also informed about it. Dr Sadanand Kale, the Health Officer, said: "The health officials will also collect swab samples of these persons."
Baramati had achieved a near-impossible feat of being a coronavirus-free region. The local civic body officials had identified the crowded places and implemented adequate measures to prevent coronavirus spread at these places. Baramatikars, too, cooperated with the officials for strict implementation of the lockdown.
Returnees from Pune and Mumbai city in the initial phase of lockdown were quarantined for at least ten days. But since the lockdown relaxations were brought in, citizens started going to Pune city for various reasons. The new cases are from the persons travelling out of Baramati. Citizens should avoid stepping out of their homes unless it is essential; the local administration has appealed.
Rui Hospital is now COVID Care Centre
Rui Hospital in Baramati has been turned into a COVID Care Center. If any person is suspected of COVID-symptoms, his or her throat swab samples are collected, and tests are conducted. ICU sections for male and female patients have been created. If required, the patients are asked to stay back at the hospital. COVID symptomatic persons are tested at the Government Medical College in Baramati.