In Trinidad and Tobago, as of May 14th, there have been 14,417 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 235 deaths, reported, many more are predicted to die in the coming month, as health officials in Tobago are expecting an increment in serious COVID-19 cases on the island.
This daunting data was uncovered during a Division of Health Wellness and Family Development press briefing on Friday.
While Tobago had been lucky to have generally mild to moderate cases up until now, in light of insights an expansion in serious cases and fatalities regularly follows an uptick in sure cases, said Dr. Anthony Thompson, Member of the COVID-19 reaction group in the Office of the County Medical Officer of Health.
“The curve starts rising from just around the end of March if you look at the curve for deaths, it lags behind the rise in new cases by a two-week period. The important point to note is that as we get higher numbers and more caseloads the expectation is that the case-mix and even more severe cases and potentially more fatalities.”
For the month of May, Tobago has recorded 67 positive cases. Which, ten of those cases were recorded yesterday, which brings the absolute number of active cases to a total of 70.
Secretary for Health Wellness and Family Development Tracy Davidson Celestine guaranteed that the island’s medical care framework was set up to deal with an increment in cases. Notwithstanding, she said, Tobago won’t consider a field clinic right now as the division decided to “use the finances and upgrade existing buildings.”
The Health Secretary said the island was enough prepared as far as bed space, should the cases become overpowering.
“We have already looked at other options if the numbers become overwhelming—we do not have a challenge yet with regards to bed space and our capacity and that of course takes into consideration the discharges we will have over the next week or two and the numbers we have awaiting testing in the lab, which is just about 13.”
In the meantime, Dr. Thompson said, measurements didn’t uphold any connection between the ascent in cases and the Easter occasion. “Any opportunity where persons are gathered and interacting generates more opportunity for transmitting the disease,” he said numerous Tobagonians travel to Trinidad for different reasons and the insights would demonstrate that the increase connected to the period before the limitations were forced.
Authorities likewise tended to the issue of testing as the normal hang tight an ideal opportunity for COVID-19 outcomes is 4-5 days since all testing was done through the public medical care framework.
Dr. Thompson said there were no private labs in Tobago with the ability to do PCR testing on the island. He said the normal hang tight an ideal opportunity for a COVID-19 test bring about Tobago would before long be diminished.
“Caribbean Airlines has launched a platform for their travellers to get samples taken in Tobago and transported to a private lab in Trinidad for testing.
Head supervisor of Primary Care at the Tobago Regional Health Authority Dr Roxanne Mitchell demonstrated So far 4,203 people have been immunized on the island and of the figure 433 people are from the wellbeing area.
Authorities say that 45,000 people on the island are qualified to be immunized and authorities have set an objective of 70% herd immunity.