Saturday 28 November, 2020

MOH working on COVID-19 protocols for if Gonzalo hits

Tropical Storm Gonzalo's expected progression

Tropical Storm Gonzalo's expected progression

As Trinidad and Tobago records two local cases of COVID-19, the government and health officials are preparing for shelter mechanisms in case Tropical Storm Gonzalo has any adverse effect. 

Addressing the concern at the Ministry of Health’s press briefing, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram explained some of the ideas officials are mulling over. 

“We are working with local government and the ODPM to ensure that there are places set out where we can deal with ill people. Now that we have those gene expert cartridges that we can run tests in about 45 minutes, we can actually take a test from you, get it back quickly so that at least we allay the fears of other persons in there,” he said. 

Parsaram added that over the last few months, ongoing conversations with the Ministry of Local Government and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management have led to initiatives that will ensure that COVID-19 positive patients don’t end up sharing communal areas with negative cases. 

“We are working actively with both agencies to ensure that shelters are being laid out in a slightly different format as they would have in the past to cater for any eventuality,” he said. 

While Trinidad and Tobago is not in Tropical Storm Gonzalo’s exact path, the storm’s outer bands could make landfall depending on how large the storm becomes. Gonzalo is expected to be near T&T on Saturday. 

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