[Updated] Families may visit elderly at homes...by appointment

In this May 8, 2020 file photo an elderly man buys paw paw from a vendor at the Namdevco market, San Fernando. They both wore masks. The Health Minister on Saturday again appealed to the public to wear masks properly. PHOTO BY VAHSTI SINGH
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In this May 8, 2020 file photo an elderly man buys paw paw from a vendor at the Namdevco market, San Fernando. They both wore masks. The Health Minister on Saturday again appealed to the public to wear masks properly. PHOTO BY VAHSTI SINGH -

RESIDENTS of elderly homes and long-term care facilities can be visited by friends and family once again on the basis of appointments. This was banned in April as part of the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of covid19.

At the Health Ministry’s virtual press conference on Saturday morning, Dr Rohit Doon – adviser of health promotion, communications and public health – said the process resumed this week.

He said there have been no cases of covid19 at any of these facilities thus far, and they will continue to ensure it remains as such.

“All visitors will have to be admitted by appointments only. And on the phone, we can do a quick symptom check to ensure they don’t have any fever or cough or any covid19 symptoms or else they certainly would not be allowed to enter or visit.

“These visits would be conducted in an open-air setting, wearing of masks – mandatory, hand hygiene – mandatory… They will have to practice physical distancing, (do) temperature checks when they come in and have a visitor’s log.”

He said there are over 200 of these facilities in TT and that they are currently in a “good place.”

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh also urged the public to not only continue wearing masks but to wear them properly.

"The wearing of masks and all these necessary precautions is what is going to continue to distinguish if we have a second peak of the first wave. These simple public health measures cost very little.

"The issue is some people feel having the mask protects them – having it around your chin protects you, in your pocket protects you...The public has to get with wearing the mask covering your mouth and your nose, especially when you are talking. What you see sometimes is people wearing the mask and when they want to talk, they pull down the mask. That is the time you should be wearing the mask."

This story has been updated with additional details. Below is the original post.

RESIDENTS of elderly homes and long-term care facilities can be visited by friends and family once again on the basis of appointments. This was banned in April as part of the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of covid19.

At the Health Ministry’s virtual press conference on Saturday morning, Dr Rohit Doon – adviser of health promotion, communications and public health – said the process resumed this week.

He said there have been no cases of covid19 at any of these facilities thus far, and they will continue to ensure it remains as such.

“All visitors will have to be admitted by appointments only. And on the phone, we can do a quick symptom check to ensure they don’t have any fever or cough or any covid19 symptoms or else they certainly would not be allowed to enter or visit.

“These visits would be conducted in an open-air setting, wearing of masks – mandatory, hand hygiene – mandatory… They will have to practice physical distancing, (do) temperature checks when they come in and have a visitor’s log.”

He said there are over 200 of these facilities in TT and that they are currently in a “good place.”

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