Ministry of Health Identifies Building in Argyle for Coronavirus Isolation

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The Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) has identified a building in the Argyle area for the purpose of COVID-19 (coronavirus) isolation.

Minister of Health Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne made the announcement at a press conference on Friday (Mar. 5).

“We have identified a building in the Argyle area which I think is utterly suitable, maybe even a God send where this is concerned.”

Browne shared that the MOHWE is in the process of conducting renovations as significant work is needed on the facility to make it patient-ready.

The minister could not give a specific time as to when the facility will be operational. He did however, inform that the ministry is on the verge of concluding a lease arrangement for the building and once complete, the next step is getting it ready for use.

Chief Medical and Officer (CMO), Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache informed that the facility, once complete, in the initial instance will be able to accommodate 20 patients, along with staff, who will work on a shift-based system. Staff managing the isolation cases will need to be on-sight, however separated from the general population. Staff will also be quarantined before leaving the facility.

Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache

Dr. Keizer-Beache added that the facility has the capacity to go up to 40 persons.

Meanwhile, there is currently a facility that can be used as an isolation center, according to the CMO, this facility can house up to 30 persons.

“Let us not panic, but our focus is readiness because we definitely believe in prevention and readiness as key so if we have to, we can accommodate up to 30 persons today.”