The Ministry of Health held a virtual Press Conference at 11am this morning (Monday 14th September 2020) to update the public on the latest developments with COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Below are the key points discussed today:
- Technical Director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Avery Hinds, stated that the capacity of the clinical system is now at 38% - 39% and the quarantine facilities utilized for repatriation are at 50% capacity.
- Dr. Hinds also revealed statistics that show that the COVID-19 related fatalities have been predominantly males in the over-60 bracket. He also displayed the daily COVID-19 figures which shows a trend that the measures which have been implemented have taken some sort of effect as the daily figures have decreased.
- Dr. Hinds also revealed that, compared to recent years, in the past few months there hasn’t been a higher-than-average incidence of Pneumonia-related deaths.
- County Medical Officer of Health for Caroni, Dr. Jeanine St. Bernard, listed COVID-19 symptoms that indicate that a patient’s condition is deteriorating. These include: shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, increasing fatigue, chills, chest pain or discomfort and fever. Patients at home who experience any of these symptoms are strongly advised to communicate it to the Health Officials monitoring them. Dr. Bernard also indicated that patients sometime downplay their symptoms to avoid hospitalization. She declared that this is a dangerous practice and should be avoided.
- Dr. St Bernard stated that COVID-19 patients at home should only have ONE carer and that person should be healthy without any existing conditions. She said that the patients should also not roam and wander around the house. They should stick to one area as much as possible. She went on to say that patients should also wear masks when in proximity with other people, observe proper hygiene and sanitization and not entertain visitors.
Watch the Press Conference below in its entirety.
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