Trinidad and Tobago: 96% of ICU capacity in island occupied by unvaccinated cases

Trinidad and Tobago: 96% of ICU capacity in island occupied by unvaccinated cases
Trinidad and Tobago: 96% of ICU capacity in island occupied by unvaccinated cases

Trinidad and Tobago: The Ministry of Health added 3 more beds to their ICU capacity, now totaling 58 beds in the unit.

While speaking at the media conference hosted by the Ministry of Health, epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds gave this information regarding the addition of the beds.

After this addition of beds, only six beds are vacant as the numbers of patients are raging and are getting admitted in the ICU in the past few days. Most of the positive cases have been identified as unvaccinated.

Dr Hinds said, “Of the 52 individuals in ICU at this point in time, 50 of those weren’t fully vaccinated so that’s 96%.”

He further added that along with beds, the MoH is forced to expand its resources for treating patients in ICU.

Dr Hinds added, “The ability to continue to redirect and shuffle resources to increase ICU capacity is limited, but we are, with the resources that we have, trying to make the most of the available resources to increase capacity as demand would require.”

After witnessing the hike in the number of positive cases across the island, Dr Hinds urged the citizens to get fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Dr Hind noted that the gradual increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks does not correlate with the recent return of students to physical classes and the opening of safe vaccine zones.

While clarifying the correlation in soaring COVID-19 cases and reopening of the school and other establishments, Dr Hinds said, “While that increase has been steadily noted from the start of October, any additional movement and mixing of people will contribute to the additional increased risk of transmission. The only thing that we can do at this point to reduce the risk would be to continue to drive towards higher levels of vaccination in that mobile population, and, higher or greater levels of adherence to those other guidelines that will help us to slow spread.”