Thursday 29 October, 2020

TCI to use WHO COVID-19 tracking system

Officials in the Turks and Caicos will ditch the manual process to track coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in favour of the World Health Organisation’s system.

The Health Ministry said it is changing to the electronic system because its COVID-19 spike has made the manual process of data collection difficult to maintain.

According to WHO, is an outbreak investigation tool for field data collection during public health emergencies. The tool includes functionality for case investigation, contact follow-up and visualization of chains of transmission.

As part of the data transfer process, the Health Ministry said an exercise was undertaken to update all case and contact records.

The Ministry said: “This led to a significant increase in the number of recoveries being reported and a significant reduction in the quarantine numbers being reported. It is important to note that with the up-to-date recording, facilitated by the system, releases/recoveries will be reported in a timelier manner.”

“It is also important to note that all recoveries were reported in accordance with the new policy which was recently adopted by the Government. Persons have been released in accordance with this policy, however there was a lag in updating and reporting active cases due to the high workload of the public health teams.”

Currently there are 329 active COVID-19 cases in the Turks and Caicos.

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