Key Points From the Ministry of Health’s Virtual Media Conference – Monday 25th October 2021
– Principal Medical Officer of Institutions, Dr. Maryam Abdool-Richards announced that the demand for ICU care has now outstripped the supply of beds as today, almost all ICU beds in Trinidad are in use. Dr. Richards also indicated that 96% of these ICU patients are not fully vaccinated.
– Dr. Richards shared a breakdown of the status of the ICUs in the parallel healthcare system which is as follows:
Couva Hospital – 100% Capacity
21/22 persons warded are unvaccinated
Arima Hospital – 100% Capacity
All 12 persons warded are not fully vaccinated
Augustus Long Hospital – 90% Capacity
8/10 persons warded are not fully vaccinated
Point Fortin Hospital – 100% Capacity
All persons warded are unvaccinated
St James – 100% Capacity
All persons warded are not fully vaccinated
– Technical Director of Epidemiology, Dr. Avery Hinds stated that COVID-19 cases are on the rise again with a 10.2% increase of new cases observed in the last week.