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Doc: Strict protocols working

Doc: Strict protocols working
Dr Corey Forde on a guided tour of the Harrison Point Isolation Facility. (Picture by Shanice King)

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The number of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients arriving at the Harrison Point isolation centre is a concern, says director of isolation facilities Dr Corey Forde.

However, despite officials reporting yesterday that Barbados recorded two more cases of COVID-19 – both of whom were also asymptomatic – Forde said the stringent protocols were up to the task.

“Most of those who are sent here are either asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, and about 40 per cent go on to come down with COVID-19, in some cases severely. The difference between Barbados and many other countries is everyone who comes here is treated as high-risk regardless of symptoms, as well as the fact [that] we enforce isolation here rather than at home. So we are able to monitor them closely in case they present with the virus,” he told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday during a tour of the St Lucy facility.

Forde, an infectious disease specialist and infection control consultant, said asymptomatic patients were the most difficult to manage. (CA)

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Doc: Strict protocols working
A section of the Harrison Point Isolation Facility. (Picture by Shanice King)