Sunday 31 May, 2020

8 recover from COVID-19: What's next after isolation?

Two previously COVID-positive patients were discharged from the Paragon campus.

This occurred between last evening and midday today.

Yesterday, Dr Corey Forde had told the nation that two persons were awaiting their second negative tests, when he spoke during the 11 am press conference at Ilaro Court.

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

The Ministry of Health and Wellness COVID-19 Update Dashboard today confirmed that two persons received their second test of negativity stating that eight persons are now recovered. The Dashboard also indicated that as of 12 pm today, April 8, the number of confirmed cases remains at 63 and the number of deaths is three.

To date, three Barbadian men locally have succumbed to the disease. They all had underlying comorbidities which made their situations "very grave" according to medical officials. They were 81 years old, 74 years old and most recently 95 years old.

Barbados' eight recovered persons who have completed their quarantine and recorded their two negatives can now reintegrate into society.

"So a person who tests negative twice as by international guidance is clear of COVID virus disease. The actual plan is for follow-up of these individuals in terms of their comorbidities and that will be done through the public health system. There is no risk at all at this point for transmission of any disease since they're deemed negative by international standards," explained Dr Forde.

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