As the country seeks to improve public health and social safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Dominica has announced a revised isolation and quarantine protocol for the management of the dreaded virus. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson made the announcement while addressing a press briefing on Wednesday night.
According to him, the revised isolation and quarantine protocol took effect on Monday, January 10th 2022.
“We have recently conducted a situation analysis, our data shows that approximately 70% of the patients who have been admitted to the COVID Care Complex in Portsmouth were either asymptomatic or were admitted with mild to moderate symptoms,” he said. “These patients seldom develop severe symptoms which would require hospitalized treatment.”
Dr. David Johnson continued, “In the revised isolation and quarantine protocol, we defined a Covid-19 positive case as any patient whether the person is symptomatic or asymptomatic with a positive rapid antigen test for SARS Covid-19 or done by a PCR test issued by the Ministry of Health and Wellness or other approved facility.”
He went on to highlight some of the major changes.
“Vaccinated clients who are asymptomatic will be allowed to isolate at home, and this is not a significant change,” Dr. Johnson stated. “However, vaccinated patients 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.”
In the case of unvaccinated patients who are asymptomatic, Dr. Johnson said these patients will be allowed to isolate at home.
“A red band will be placed on the wrist as it’s currently being done for vaccinated cases. Symptomatic cases will be admitted to the Covid Care Complex or the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital as the case applies,” he explained.
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