Friday 27 November, 2020

CMO: 'Large proportion' of Victoria County patients with comorbidities

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram said a large proportion of COVID-19 patients under home isolation in Victoria County have comorbidities and are being monitored. 

Speaking at today's media briefing on COVID-19, Dr Parasram gave the latest data on patients under home isolation, noting that the largest number of patients are located in Victoria County which includes San Fernando, Princes Town, Debe and environs.

Dr Parasram said there are currently 295 community cases in Victoria County representing 25.5 per cent of the total number of people currently under home isolation.

Of those 295 cases, 33.3 per cent of patients under home isolation have comorbidities (other health conditions).


‘Comorbidities…represent 33.2 per cent, which is a very large proportion for any particular county or country, [while those] without comorbidities represent 66.8 per cent.’

Dr Parasram said of the 33.3 per cent of those with comorbidities in Victoria County, the most common health conditions are hypertension (34.8 per cent) and diabetes (28 per cent).

He said 23.3 per cent of the people under home isolation in Victoria County are symptomatic and being monitored at home.

Victoria County encompasses San Fernando, Princes Town, Debe, and extends across Pointe-a-Pierre, Moruga, Naparima, Ortoire and Savanna Grande. 

Other health conditions indicated include heart disease, cancer, asthma and other diseases.

Overall, in terms of the distribution of home isolation patients, Caroni ranks second with 176 cases (15.2 per cent), St George West with 138 cases (11.9 per cent), St George Central with 13.6 per cent, St George East with 12.7 per cent, St Andrew/St David, 10.9 per cent, Narivo/Mayaro 2.9 per cent, St Patrick, 7.5 per cent and Tobago 0.8 per cent.

Of the total number of home isolation patients, 30 per cent were symptomatic and being monitored at home while 60 per cent were asymptomatic. 

As of Wednesday morning, the COVID-19 death toll had risen by one to 84, with 30 more positive cases.

However, there were 52 more recovered community cases, bringing that total to 1,896, along with seven more discharged patients which brought that total to 1,114. 

Anyone who has developed symptoms of COVID-19 should call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

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