Even with nearly 950 beds available now for COVID-19 positive patients, high case numbers have kept hospitalizations high. According to the Ministry of Health, T&T’s seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases has decreased from 542 cases per day on Wednesday to 537 on Thursday.

In the last 24 hours, 70 people were discharged from public health facilities, with 229 people considered recovered community cases. This marked the total recovered during the previous 24 hours at 300, the third-highest jump in recovered cases.

The Ministry notes there has increased efficiency in discharges at the Caura Hospital and all COVID-19 positive sites at all facilities across the South-West Regional Health Authority.

T&T’s current occupancy stands at 65 percent, with occupancy accounting for Trinidad’s beds alone at 68 percent and in Tobago, 33 percent.

The overall ward occupancy stands at 67 percent, with occupancy levels in the country’s ICU and HDU beds at 49 percent and 39 percent, respectively.

At the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility, where T&T’s most severe patients are warded, occupancy levels stand at 63 percent. Occupancy levels at the Caura Hospital, the Augustus Long Hospital, and the Arima Hospital stand between 80 percent and 90 percent. The new Point Fortin Hospital is reporting an occupancy of 92 percent, while at the St. Ann’s Hospital, there is a 100 percent occupancy.

Across Trinidad’s step-down and transitional facilities, the UWI Debe campus is reporting a 34 percent occupancy, with the UTT Valsayn reporting a 60 percent occupancy. One of the newer step-down facilities, at Tacarigua, there is an eight percent occupancy. However, at the Port of Spain General Hospital step-down, the Point Fortin Area Hospital, and the Jean Pierre Complex military field hospital, bed space is 100 percent occupied. At the field hospital attached to the Couva Hospital, there is a twenty-eight percent occupancy.

In Tobago, with a record-high of 143 active cases, there is a thirty-three percent hospital occupancy with 16 COVID-19 positive patients in step-down or transitional facilities.

Reporter: Kalain Hosein