(Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Friday, 24 July, 2020): InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital continues to enforce stringent infection, prevention and control measures to protect employees and patients, especially our most vulnerable patient groups during the COVID-19
Thus far, medical teams have isolated and clinically managed a very small cohort of confirmed active COVID-19 cases. These are mainly inpatients, i.e. persons diagnosed with COVID-19 who require admission and continuous
The facility also recently received the first confirmed active COVID-19 outpatient case. In this context, an outpatient case is deemed a person with COVID-19 who requires frequent visits to the hospital for medical care or
treatment due to a pre-existing or chronic health condition, but is stable and does not require admission.
Prior to the local onset of COVID-19 back in March, the hospital envisioned and prepared for various possible scenarios, which included the safe and secure management of both patient types as part of the national
response. Therefore, various stringent measures were implemented early to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and disease transmission within the hospital environment.
These measures include, but are not limited to:
The COVID-19 virus remains a public health threat, and patient safety remains our number one priority. We recognize that a COVID-19 diagnosis can be a frightening discovery for anyone, especially those directly affected, and persons with underlying medical conditions who are at a higher risk of more severe clinical outcomes.
Patient confidentiality and respect for a persons’ right to privacy is crucial and should be adhered to at all times. This is also important to minimize any unnecessary mental anxiety and discrimination.