Ministry of Health issues a revised COVID-19 Protocols

by: - January 17, 2022
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Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson

The Ministry of Health has issued revised isolation and quarantine protocol, which took effect on Monday, January 10th, 2022.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson says after conducting a situation analysis, data shows that approximately 70% of the patients admitted to the COVID-19 Care Complex in Portsmouth were either asymptomatic or were admitted with mild to moderate symptoms.

Dr. Johnson said these patients seldom developed severe symptoms, which would require hospitalized treatment.

Under this revised isolation and quarantine, the protocol states that vaccinated clients who are asymptomatic will be allowed to isolate at home.

However, vaccinated clients who are symptomatic will require an assessment by a Health Professional, approved by the Ministry of Health, to determine the need for admission based on the clinical presentation and findings.

The revised isolation and quarantine protocol also state that unvaccinated clients who are asymptomatic will be allowed to isolate at home.

A red band will be placed on the wrist of the patient, as currently done for vaccinated cases.

Symptomatic cases will be admitted to the COVID Care Complex or the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital as the case applies.

Meanwhile, Dr. David Johnson listed a few categories of positive cases referred for admission by a medical professional, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.

He stated that individuals who are aged 55 years and older with a chronic medical condition, or individuals with a poorly controlled chronic medical or underlying medical condition, individuals defined to pose the risk of breaking home isolation protocols if sent home. These individuals are eligible for admission after being assessed by a medical professional.

He continued, ‘In the new protocol, it also refers to technical guidance for the clinical management of COVID-19 positive cases.’