The Ministry of Health will add the Kapok Hotel and the Tobago Correctional Facility to its list of quarantine facilities on Friday 13 November. These facilities add 108 beds to the 1,651 beds already in the parallel healthcare system. Kapok adds 98 beds and 10 beds at the correctional facility.
Principal Medical Officer of Facilities Dr Maryam Richards said that there was 26% occupancy in the parallel healthcare system and she believed that the system was able to withstand any rise in cases that could come from the relaxed restrictions and increase in returning nationals.
She noted that repatriated nationals accounted for the largest percentage of those in quarantine facilities. These nationals, she explained, were placed in facilities based on a risk assessment, which included the country they were arriving from. Most of our nationals are returning from high-risk countries like the US and UK.
The new Kapok facility is meant to quarantine mainly repatriated nationals and ex-pats in the oil and gas industry, she said. She added that the cost to taxpayers would be minimal since those staying at the Kapok facility would have to bear the cost themselves.
There are 278 patients now in state quarantine facilities. A further 36 are in hospital, 31 in step-down facilities and 468 in self-quarantine.
No new cases or deaths related to Covid-19 were reported today. In total there have been 111 fatalities and 5849 positive cases reported since March. Currently, there are 535 active cases.
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, doorknobs and cell phones;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser;
- Cough into a tissue or 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 WhatsApp to 482-GARY.