Sunday 31 May, 2020

COVID-19 patients housed in 3 medical facilities; 6 to be discharged

Dr Corey Forde has revealed that the 56 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being housed at three medical facilities across the island. 

He is the Head of the Infection Prevention and Control/Infectious Diseases Programs at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

The medical official joined the team of Health and Wellness Minister Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, COVID-19 Czar Mr Richard Carter and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best at a recent press conference as they updated the nation with respect to the novel coronavirus.

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In providing some insight into the male who became Barbados’s first recorded death from the virus, Dr Forde stated:

“He and his wife, when they presented to the hospital, they were in quarantine at home.”

However, when questioned further, Dr Forde amended his previous statement and stated that the patient was not under mandatory quarantine neither was he home-quarantined. Minister Bostic further clarified that the two individuals would not have been under mandatory quarantine because the mandatory quarantine order for the United Kingdom and the United States would have been issued after their return to Barbados.

The wife of the deceased was noted to be “generally stable” and was admitted to the Enmore facility on April 4 as a matter of precaution. Dr Forde went on to say that she should be discharged from the Enmore facility to the ‘step down’ facility.

At the Paragon Campus, all 19 patients there were reported to be in stable condition. Four of those patients, three females and one male, has recovered and expected to be discharged.

The Enmore campus housed four patients who were more ill. There were 3 females and 1 male with three patients currently ventilated. While one of these was said to be “doing quite well” and had even tested negative when swabbed, the other two were reported to be in critical condition. All three ventilated patients had similar comorbidities of diabetes or and hypertension.

The third medical facility, the Blackman & Gollop School, housed 28 patients with the majority said to be in stable condition. Three patients at this facility were said to be “quite ill” while two others, one male and one female, were expected to be discharged.

When quizzed about the process as it related to discharging patients, Dr Forde explained:

“As is per international standards, which we follow, and as is per international testing, the patients require two negative screens for Covid, 24-hours apart which would allow us to make that decision for discharge, so we have done that.”

The medical official advised that at present there were no immediate plans to manufacture a vaccine from the antibodies of recovered patients when he was asked about the possibility of Barbados creating its own vaccine.

Dr Forde reassured that the majority of patients in the medical facilities remained stable and were doing quite well and commended the work of all the health care professionals who were going beyond the call of duty in the fight against the dreaded virus.

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