Sunday 29 November, 2020

COVID surge: More patients will be isolated at home, not hospital

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar George

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar George

The island’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar George, said the national management of COVID-19 cases is now in the containment phase.

As the Ministry of Health works toward reducing transmission and containing the disease, all positive cases are being admitted to the respiratory hospital for treatment and care.

However, careful attention is being paid to the strain on bed space at the hospital.

“As we have indicated before, 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases are mild to moderate. We reason that when we get to a certain stage of the outbreak—once they have the capacity for isolation—mild to moderate cases will be allowed to remain at home, and the priority will be for moderate to severe cases that actually need hospital care,” Dr Belmar-George said.

“To date, we have had just one COVID-19 patient experiencing severe symptoms, so this is a transition we will make eventually to ensure that the facilities at the respiratory hospital are used for those who actually need the clinical support.”

On October 28, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of eight new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in-country to 73.

There are currently 46 active cases isolated and in care.

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