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TCI Hospitals COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report – Up to January 20, 2022 

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#TurksandCaicos, January 28, 2022 – Emergency Departments at the Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital continue to see an increased number of patients presenting with viral illness:

  • CTMC – Averaging 5 per day
  • CHMC – Averaging 10 – 12 per day
  • About 50% of patients are testing positive on antigen testing.

The majority of persons are being discharged to home for isolation and not requiring admission to hospital but we are noticing increased hospitalization trend.

Current admissions as of midnight 20th January 2022

  • Screening is done on admission to the wards with antigen and PCR.

Total – 7 confirmed and 0 suspected

Cockburn Town Medical Centre:

  • 1 confirmed
  • 0 suspected

Cheshire Hall Medical Centre:

  • 6 confirmed
  • 0 suspected

Confirmed

  • 3 vaccinated (no booster)
  • 3 unvaccinated
  • 1 not applicable (2yr old)

 

Clinical status:

  • Symptomatic – 4

o             Critical – 2

o             Non-severe – 2

  • Asymptomatic – 3

Critical COVID-19 transfers pending or ongoing on 20th January 2022:

  • Three patients at CHMC with critical disease:
    • One patient is antigen positive and unvaccinated recently admitted – transfer arrangements ongoing/chronic medical condition
    • One patient has left – vaccinated no booster/chronic medical condition – patient was later transferred 20.1.2020
    • One patient – unvaccinated/chronic medical condition awaiting air ambulance – patient was later transferred 20.1.2022

TAP Patients overseas receiving care for critical COVID-19 – 5 transferred

  • 3 (vaccinated/no booster) and 2 unvaccinated
  • Transfer of tourist with critical COVID-19 – 1 (vaccinated/no booster)
  • Death of one patient via TAP – elderly chronic medical conditions vaccinate x2 no booster

Deaths

  • 4
    • Vaccinated and no booster – 3
    • Unvaccinated – 1

 

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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Listeria kills three in UK

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By Dana Malcolm

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#UnitedKingdom, June 25, 2022 – At least 3 people have died in an ongoing listeria outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to smoked fish.  The Food Standards Agency in the UK says,  “Listeria is widespread in the environment and can contaminate a range of food at low or standard refrigeration temperatures.  It can be destroyed by thorough cooking.  It is of most concern in chilled, ready-to-eat foods that do not require further cooking, such as smoked fish.”

At least 12 cases, six of them since January, are linked to the fish.  Vulnerable individuals were especially affected by the outbreak including a pregnant woman and several elderly persons.  The three victims who died were all over 65 years old.

The agency said there was no need to avoid smoked fish but to cook it thoroughly.  Contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled but it can cause severe illness in pregnant women, cancer patients, children, and the elderly.

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Training Camps announced early as more can join the Footsteps4Good Challenge

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Last year’s participants were the first ones to ever circumnavigate the Turks and Caicos solely on manpower and this year they’re back again and with a broader vision for the challenge which is also a charity.  It’s time for the second staging of Footsteps4Good and if you missed out last year you’ll want to get in on the event in 2022.

Coming up this October and organized by Governor’s wife Amanda Dakin , TCI Red Cross, OneTCI, and the Provo Road Runners, this year&#39’s adventure will span 13 days and 200 miles in an adventurous crossing of the islands and cays of the TCI once again. The organizers say there will be sections and stages to suit all abilities and fitness levels.  Contributions will be nominal, from $20 for the stage being entered by any participant.

The announcement is going out early this year so that all the ‘fitness fanatics’ who want to take on the entire 13-day journey of hiking, rowing and extreme walking will be able to join the fitness training camps to get them ready for the physically grueling experience.

It is no joke.  From blisters to burns to bites and flat out exhaustion; it will take grit to get it done and join up as part of history in the making.

Organisers point out that not many people can say they have gone around the TCI just using their bodies; and they ask: ‘will you be one this year?’

For those who don’t want to try defying the odds, you can participate in single-day events on the family islands including run-walks, boating, and cycling or just making a financial donation.

For more information, you can email info2022fsfg@gmail.com

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