Dr Hinds provides update on hospital occupancy during virtual media conference

During the Virtual Media Conference of the Health Ministry of Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday 16th June 2021, the Technical Director of Epidemiology - Dr Avery Hinds, provided an update on the hospital occupancy in the parallel health care system.

Trinidad and Tobago: During the Virtual Media Conference of the Health Ministry of Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday 16th June 2021, the Technical Director of Epidemiology – Dr Avery Hinds, provided an update on the hospital occupancy in the parallel health care system.

He further informed that the total occupancy in the parallel healthcare system holds at 54 per cent, with the percentage of wards at 50 per cent, the ICU at 76 per cent and the HDU at 88 per cent.

“The lower daily numbers observed as the month of June progresses, and the percentage positivity that is the number of test events that respond with a positive result out of every 100 tests done, has decreased and now hovers between 30-35 per cent,” Dr Hinds added.

During the virtual media conference, Dr Hinds also addressed comorbidities (when a person has more than one holding health-related conditions present in them at once), which is observed among deceased COVID-19 patients.

Despite this, he also shared data that revealed that Diabetes and Hypertension are among the most common comorbidities. With this, he further listed the other comorbidities observed in the deceased, such as Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease and Malignancy (which refers to different kinds of cancers).

Dr Carla-Maria Alexander – Lecturer of Immunology, addressed the COVID-19 vaccines and explained that it is essential that people get both shots of the coronavirus vaccine so that they can maximize their immunity against the virus.

Following the statement, Dr Alexander stressed that individuals would only be counted fully immunized after the second dose, and it was important that people must follow the COVID-19 health protocols such as – proper mask-wearing, social distancing, post-vaccination in order to protect unvaccinated people whose numbers are high at this time.