The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital via news release said its Cheshire Hall Medical Centre emergency department in Providenciales is currently experiencing a surge in patients with upper respiratory illness, fever, diarrhoea, and vomiting.
The institution said its viral infection commonly causes these symptoms, which include COVID-19 disease.
“As a result, an isolation process introduced at the onset of the pandemic remains in effect, whereby patients with suspected COVID-19 or other possible infection risks are treated in our medical tents at the department entrance,” the hospital said. “Many hospitals use this safety measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to patients within the emergency department.”
The statement said a designated room inside the building, separated from the general emergency department, has been used for isolated patients who require treatment.
“Medical care may be temporarily administered in both areas due to the ongoing surge.
“All isolated patients are registered, seen by a clinician, and receive care from our medical team with ongoing assessments before being discharged to home isolation (if clinically stable) and follow-up with their COVID-19 test results,” the hospital further noted.
The TCI Hospital further noted: “Our dedicated team is working as safely and fast as possible to deliver care to patients and families at a very challenging time. Despite the use of personal protective equipment and high COVID-19 vaccination rates among hospital workers, the process of isolating certain types of patients upon arrival is still a requirement to ensure the safety of all.”