County Medical Officers of Health, will now oversee the monitoring of positive cases who are quarantining at home. This will be done in conjunction with the TTPS.
This was one of new guidelines released today by the Chief Medical Officer Roshan Parasram.
Parasram said: “What is going to happen is the CMOH offices will have a list of all the positive persons in the country and they will call those individuals twice a day and do interviews to determine signs and symptoms like if it has worsened, if it is better, if it has stayed the same. They will also ask you about your household, if the persons in your household have any signs and symptoms of disease. If they do, we can send someone out and have those persons swabbed to see if they are positive or negative as well.”
“In terms of the persons from high risk groups, persons who are moderately or severely ill and experiencing difficulty in breathing, vomiting, lethargy, very tired, those persons will be picked up by the CMOH. We will call the ambulance and get you either to Caura or Couva in the first instance. If of course in between those calls persons have worsening symptoms you can take yourselves to any of the emergency departments or call the service on your own. The hotlines are also available to call at any point in time.” he said.
All patients will be required to fill a 20-day period of isolation from the public to avoid any potential spread.