We are expanding our strategy to combat the coronavirus

The health and safety of our citizens is of utmost importance to us. We take further steps that will make the fight against coronavirus more effective. We are speeding up the testing of patients with suspected COVID-19. For this purpose, we will use antigen tests, the result of which is known after several minutes. The medical condition of people who do not have any symptoms or have only mild symptoms will be monitored with a pulse oximeter – all this is to relieve the burden on hospitals and medical facilities. We appreciate the work of medical services – we grant additional benefits to doctors, nurses, laboratory diagnosticians and paramedics as well as increase their maximum amount.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Extension of the coronavirus strategy - what will change?

A pulse oximeter will be used to monitor medical condition at home

Pulse oximeter is a small electronic device. It is used for non-invasive measurement of blood saturation. Soon it will help medical services to monitor the health of patients with COVID-19 who show mild symptoms and are qualified for home medical care. Data sent by the device will be analysed by a special monitoring centre. It will be a new unit, which will be established by the Ministry of Health.

Results even in a few minutes thanks to antigen tests

So far, the main test used to confirm coronavirus infection was the PCR test. In order to make the testing faster, we will also use antigen tests more often than before. This type of test allows to detect the presence of virus protein in patients with a high number of virus particles in the respiratory tract epithelium. The test result is known already in 10 to 30 minutes.

More isolation wards

An isolation ward is a place where people infected with the coronavirus recover. Isolation wards are intended for patients who cannot undergo isolation in their home – e.g. because they live with people from a higher risk group. Patients who have been in the hospital, but whose condition is good enough for them to continue their treatment in the isolation ward are also referred there.

So far, there were 6.5 thousand beds available in isolation wards. We will increase their number to 10 thousand in 55 facilities all over Poland.

Additional benefits for medical services

“We appreciate and are grateful to the medical services for their daily work. We pay an additional benefit to the medical personnel involved in the fight against COVID-19. So far, more than 30,000 people from the medical personnel have been in quarantine. After this decision, the medical personnel will not be quarantined, thanks to the daily antigen tests," informed the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk.

Hospital at the PGE Narodowy national stadium - the first stage of work is coming to an end

The first stage of construction of the hospital at PGE Narodowy is coming to an end. All electrical and oxygen works have been completed. Finishing and cleaning works are currently underway. The parts of the hospital that have already been finished include:

the patient admission room,
a patient room equipped with 285 beds, 16 of which are for the Intensive Care Unit,
Intensive Surveillance Unit,
procedure room,
imaging diagnostic laboratories, equipped with 4 portable X-ray machines and a CAT scanner,
hospital pharmacy department,
drug preparation room.

The temporary hospital at the PGE Narodowy National Stadium will be equipped with 160 cardiac monitors, 45 respirators, 4 portable X-ray machines, 3 oxygen generators, 2 ultrasound scanners. In addition, there will be 45 km of electric cables and 5 km of copper pipes for oxygen.

At this stage, the hospital has 300 beds available. We are starting work on stage two – after its completion, the number of beds will increase from 300 to 500. On 16 November, in Warsaw, another temporary hospital will be opened – in the Warsaw EXPO XXI Centre.

Temporary hospital in each voivodeship

The temporary hospital which is being built at the PGE National Stadium will not be the only facility of this kind in Poland. There will be at least one such hospital for COVID-19 patients in each voivodeship. Most of them will be opened between 15 and 30 November. Thanks to these actions, the number of hospital beds for coronavirus-infected patients will increase by over 5 thousand.

Most of the temporary hospitals will be built in congress and exhibition centres as well as sports halls. They will not be located in facilities that are currently used by the health service. The cost of adaptation of the facilities (not including equipment) will amount to approx. PLN 130 million.

Check where such a hospital will be located in your voivodeship:

Lower Silesian Voivodeship: Terminal Hotel Centrum Konferencyjne at ul. Rakietowa 33 in Wrocław,
Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship: 22. Wojskowy Szpital Uzdrowiskowo-Rehabilitacyjny SP ZOZ at ul. Wojska Polskiego 5 in Ciechocinek,
Lublin Voivodeship: Targi Lublin S.A. at ul. Dworcowa 11 in Lublin
Lubusz Voivodeship: Centrum Zdrowia Matki i Dziecka at ul. Zyty 26 in Zielona Góra,
Łódź Voivodeship: EXPO-ŁÓDŹ Spółka z o.o. at al. Politechniki 4 in Łódź,
Lesser Poland Voivodeship: Centrum Urazowe Medycyny Ratunkowej i Katastrof at ul. Mikołaja Kopernika 50 and EXPO Kraków at ul. Galicyjska 9 in Cracow,
Masovian Voivodeship: Warszawskie Centrum EXPO XXI at ul. Ignacego Prądzyńskiego 12/14 and PGE Stadion Narodowy at al. Księcia Józefa Poniatowskiego 1 in Warsaw
Opole Voivodeship: Centrum Wystawienniczo-Kongresowe at ul. Wrocławska 158 in Opole,
Podkarpackie Voivodeship: SP ZOZ MSWiA at ul. Krakowska 16 in Rzeszów,
Podlaskie Voivodeship: Sports hall of the Medical University at ul. Michała Wołodyjowskiego 1 and building E1 of Uniwersytecki Szpital Kliniczny at ul. Żurawia 14 in Białystok,
Pomeranian Voivodeship: Sanatorium MSWiA at ul. Bitwy pod Płowcami 63-65 in Sopot,
Silesian Voivodeship: Międzynarodowe Centrum Kongresowe at pl. Sławika i Antalla 1 in Katowice,
Swiętokrzyskie Voivodeship: Targi Kielce SA at ul. Zakładowa 1 in Kielce,
Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship: Zespół Opieki Zdrowotnej at ul. Mickiewicza 25 in Nidzica and Zespół Opieki Zdrowotnej at ul. Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie 12 in Szczytno,
Greater Poland Voivodeship: Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie at ul. Głogowska 14 in Poznań,
West Pomeranian Voivodeship: NETTO ARENA at ul. Władysława Szafera 3/5/7 and Samodzielny Publiczny Szpital Kliniczny nr 2 at al. Powstańców Wielkopolskich 72 in Szczecin.

We take care of our senior citizens

Senior citizens are the most vulnerable group in terms of a coronavirus infection. That is why we introduce solutions that will help us protect our parents and grandparents.

Senior citizens, please stay at home and use the dedicated hotline - 22 505 11 11

In recent days, we have launched the Solidarity Support Body for Senior Citizens. One of the keystones of this project is a dedicated helpline for people over 70 years of age. So far, it has been used by nearly 8 thousand people. The aim of the hotline is to support senior citizens in everyday activities that require leaving the house –primarily shopping.

All persons who would like to participate in the #SupportSeniorCitizens campaign can do so via the website www.wspierajseniora.pl. So far, almost 6 thousand volunteers from all over the country have declared their willingness to help!

Additional resources for nursing homes

In October, we launched PLN 38 million from the state budget to prepare and protect nursing homes against the increase in coronavirus infections in the autumn. As much as PLN 328 million from the European Social Fund and the state budget is allocated to nursing homes for current needs related to the coronavirus epidemic. For their daily dedication and commitment to their duties, nursing home employees can also count on additional allowances.

The Anti-Crisis Shield protects Polish entrepreneurs against crisis

We protect companies and millions of jobs against the effects of coronavirus. Our goal is to provide employees with stable employment and companies – with growth opportunities. The effectiveness of our actions is confirmed by data. Polish companies have already received over PLN 148 billion as part of the Anti-Crisis Shield and the Financial Shield.

In this difficult period, we also support the tourism industry. Over 1 million tourist vouchers worth PLN 914 million have already been granted throughout country to date. Polish families have already made 318 thousand payments in the amount of PLN 232 million in tourist vouchers.

Cooperation despite differences

Once again, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with representatives of the opposition and presidents of major cities. The talks concerned the health service and activities undertaken in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic. This is not the first meeting of this kind between government members and the opposition. Consultations with representatives of parliamentary clubs on issues related to the difficult situation in Belarus have already taken place. We are open to dialogue. The coronavirus epidemic is a test of everyone’s social solidarity, as well as of the ability to work together despite differences.

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