The entire third floor at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital has been transformed into a ‘special’ Isolation Unit for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
Health Minister Carvin Malone said the unit is “to handle and support of confirmed cases” who are deemed to require hospital administration.
“The unit has 14 beds and will be expanded to 18 and has designated staffing with considerations for infection control and removal of personal protective equipment as well as an area for staff to shower and change before leaving the unit,” Malone said during an address to the nation on Thursday night.
In the meantime, the Health Minister said, the Emergency Room at the Road Town-based facility, has been reconfigured to provide rapid identification, isolation and handling of patients who may have COVID-19.
“Remember 95 percent of the cases are deemed to be mild and will not require hospitalization,” he added.
The territory recorded its first two cases of the COVID-19 on Wednesday from two male patients — a 56-year-old and 32-year-old — who were tested among 27 persons overall.
The remaining 25 persons had negative test results, while nine others are awaiting official test results from Trinidad.
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