COVID-19: Meghalaya tests 738 samples, 667 tested negative

Shillong, Apr 18: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Saturday, informed the public that a total of 738 samples have been tested for COVID-19 out of which 667 tested negative. 

The state currently has 10 active cases and 1 death. The Chief Minister informed that the condition of all the 10 patients are stable.

He said that they were still looking into all options to trace the person who transmitted the virus to the first patient. “We have gone back and traced all the travel history of individuals and patients who have met the index patient. We are still examining the process. We are working and trying our best by ensuring that we look at all the aspects and possibilities,” he said.

Addressing the positive case of the helper of late Dr Sailo’s household, who is a resident from Pamlakrai Village, he said that the samples of 4 high risk contacts and 32 other contacts of the patient who tested positive have been collected. He said that the individual has been quarantined at a corona centre.

Meanwhile, the family of the person tested positive and other primary contacts are being quarantined in their homes.

“The village community led by the headman has decided that all the above contacts will be kept under strict quarantine in the village with the support of frontline health workers and the community. Apart from that, visits have been made by the Health and by Block officials to the concerned village to ensure they in still confidence in the villagers and family concerned,” he revealed.

The Chief Minister also clarified on the protocols for testing and case management. He said that the government has to prioritise testing for high risk primary contacts those who live in close proximity with the positive patient.

He revealed that secondary contacts are not being tested currently but they have to mandatorily be under home quarantine for 14 days and in case they develop symptoms they can report through 108 helpline.

On the issue of hospitalisation of persons infected with the virus he said, “All asymptomatic category and mild symptomatic positive patients do not require hospitalisation. As per protocol issued by Health and Family welfare department, they should be in home quarantine or can opt to shift to a government designated Corona care centre.”

“The existing circumstances show that 80% of the positive cases across the world fall in this category. Persons in Category C which are severe symptomatic cases having respiratory distress and breathing difficulty and require oxygen support. They will be treated in all designated hospitals,” he informed.

He said that only 3-4% of cases come under Category D who are show severe symptoms that require ventilator support. “They will be kept in designated hospitals that have these facilities like; Civil hospital, Shillong, NEIGHRIMS, Dr H. Gordon Roberts Hospital, Shillong, Supercare Hospital and Nazareth Hospital,” he said. 

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