Thursday 24 September, 2020

924 beds available for COVID-19 patients, says Health Minister

There are up to 924 beds available for COVID-19 patients to date, according to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

Speaking at a media briefing on April 21, 2020, Deyalsingh said in total, there would be 924 beds available for patients, encompassing primary, secondary, tertiary and convalescent care. 

"We have activated an entire parallel healthcare system to deal with COVID-19."

"The total number of available beds to deal with COVID-19 across convalescents, primary, secondary and tertiary is 924 beds. That's a vast number."

Deyalsingh said there were 230 beds activated at the Couva Hospital, plus an additional 75 beds. 

60 beds were activated at the Augustus Long Hospital and Hostel, 94 beds at the Arima Hospital, and he said another 'couple hundred' would be activated across the system. 

The NCRHA said in March that 188 isolation beds had been prepared to handle COVID-19 patients. 

The 'Home of Football' has been allocated for convalescent patients and is able to house up to 72 people, while the Brooklyn Community Centre in Sangre Grande can house up to 

Additionally, Unicomer (Trinidad) Limited said it had assisted with the furnishing of the 50-bed step-down facility at the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua.

Deyalsingh said the Arima facility would be operational by Friday and would be used in parallel with the Caura Hospital for suspected cases, paediatric cases and patients who require dialysis.  

He said the Augustus Long Hospital would be used alongside the Couva Hospital for acute and critical cases. 

To date, eight people who tested positive for the virus have died. As of Tuesday the number of positive cases remained at 114, and 26 people have been discharged. 

The Ministry said there were no COVID-19 patients in either the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or the High Dependency Unit (HDU) up to Tuesday morning.

The Health Ministry said to date, 1,380 sampled were submitted for testing: of those, 1,157 were unique individual tests, therefore 223 repeat tests have been done to date. 

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