Covid counter: 21 deaths and 397 new cases; NCRHA ‘engulfed’ by ‘record breaking wave of patients’

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Another 21 deaths, 397 new cases, and an admission from the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) that it is struggling to cope with the demands for Covid-19 tests and healthcare, due to the current surge.

At present, Trinidad and Tobago has 4,814 active cases, while the 394 infections reported today—tabulated, according to the Ministry of Health, from ‘samples taken during the period 9 May to 12 May—came from 1,110 tests.

Photo: The novel coronavirus.

NCRHA CEO Davlin Thomas said his team ‘met in an emergency meeting last night after a record breaking wave of patients requiring Covid-19 testing and care engulfed the system’. 

“The NCRHA has increasingly engaged […] systematic and structured innovations to combat the effects of Covid-19 on the health care system, while simultaneously boosting its capacity to treat with the recent 300% increase in the positive cases, with a simultaneous and exponential increase in the demand for Covid-19 testing,” stated Thomas, in a NCRHA release. “We identified that bottlenecks emerged during the wave which resulted in some congesting in the general intake. Our multidisciplinary team met until late last night to rethink our systems and to make the necessary alterations and consequent improvements to the patient and staff experience.”

The admission came days after the government began erecting field hospitals, donated by the United States, to offset a potential surge of cases that could overwhelm the parallel health care system.

Trinidad and Tobago has suffered 87 deaths related to the novel coronavirus in May so far, along with 3,990 positives from 18,673 tests. Since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, there were a total of 14,814 infections and 256 deaths with 149,880 unique patient tests.

Photo: A Covid-19 swab test in Jakarta.
(via Reuters)

The hospital occupancy fell for the first time this month, though, as the Ministry of Health reported 342 patients at public health facilities today, which is one less than yesterday.

The County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices has another 397 persons to contact today, so as to determine whether the infected parties are able to quarantine at home or require additional care as well as to identify primary and secondary contacts.

Thus far, the government has full vaccinated 1,179 persons, while another 60,645 persons have received their first shot.

The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to follow the three Ws: Wear your masks, Watch your distance and Wash your hands.


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