The Ministry of Health announced that 402 persons were discharged today and 192 yesterday, in keeping with new protocols in dealing with Covid-19 positive cases. In total, 643 patients are now home quarantined ‘under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices’.
Chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram explained yesterday that the decision to allow patients to recover remotely was taken in a big to free up bed space for the ‘moderately or severely ill’.
At present, Trinidad and Tobago has 793 active cases of the novel coronavirus. However, only 118 of those positive cases remain hospitalised with another 14 at step-down facilities.
The breakdown of patients at the various health facilities are as follows: Couva Hospital (104), Caura Hospital (14), NAPA (4), UWI, Freedom Hall (3), UWI, Debe (3), Balandra (2), Tacarigua (1), UWI, Canada Hall (1).
There are eight patients at the High Dependency Unit (HDU) and six in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Couva.
The ICU provides treatment ‘for people who are very ill’ while the HDU wards persons ‘who need more observation, treatment and nursing care than is possible in a general ward but slightly less than that given in an Intensive Care Unit’.
The Ministry of Health recorded an additional 18 positives this morning from samples taken during the period of 19 to 26 August.
The Ministry of Health reminds members of the public to adhere to the ‘new normal’ and:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public;
- Keep your distance from others (six feet);
- Stay home if you are ill;
- Clean then sanitise surfaces, such as tabletops, door knobs and cell phones;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser;
- Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow;
- Avoid touching your face.
Persons are urged to call Covid-19 hotline numbers: 877-WELL, 87-SWRHA or 877-3742 (Trinidad) and 800-HEAL (Tobago) if they feel unwell; or they can report a possible breach of Covid-19 regulations by calling 555, or sending messages—inclusive of photographs and videos—to the Police App or via Whats App to 482-GARY.