As part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago continues to proactively prepare additional facilities to provide accommodation for COVID-19 patients who are at different stages of their treatment/diagnosis.
In this regard, the Trinidad and Tobago National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua was prepared as a quarantine site. Residents in the vicinity were sensitised by the Public Health Inspectors who visited homes in the community and public information was also disseminated via loud speaker.
This alternative care facility is suitable to house large groups and is partitioned to offer privacy for forty-eight persons. It will also ensure that the residents can be comfortable out of a hospital setting. The facility has two common areas with wifi and cable televisions and offers seating at a social distance for over forty persons. Additional seating for twenty persons is provided in the two kitchenettes which are furnished with microwaves, refrigerators, electric kettles, water coolers and tea stations to provide some degree of independence as persons transition back to their normal lives.
Temporary bathrooms facilities were installed with additional water closets to increase the amount already on site. There is a designated laundry area equipped with washing machines and dryers. Persons will also have access to outdoor space for recreation.
The facility is enclosed and is being secured by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force who are stationed on the compound together with the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) personnel and volunteers from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society, comprising the clinical and janitorial support.
Understanding the emotional and other challenges associated with COVID-19, a programme of psychological support for the residents of the facility is planned during their time of need.
Quality care will be provided to all persons in the facility and all infection control mechanisms have been put in place to ensure that there is no risk to the community.