Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update # 396

Port-of-Spain, August 14th 2020:   As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard.

The Ministry of Health reminds the population to source your information only from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Communications.

The Ministry of Health provides the following clinical update as of the morning of Friday 14th August, 2020:

 Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing forCOVID-19 12,616
 Number of unique patient tests completed 10,966
 Number of repeated tests 1,650
 Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 412
 Total number of active cases 265
 Number of deaths 8
 Number of persons discharged 139

The eight (8) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 6th, 2020 to present. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

·         Eight (8) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

–       Six (6) are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 patients.

–       Two (2) are pending epidemiological investigation.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (130)

84 Patients are en route/ being admitted to hospital.

Caura Hospital 49
Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility811 (HDU)2 (ICU)

COVID-19 Positive patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (51)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande 20
Balandra 31

Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are hospital wards that provide treatment for people who are very ill. They are staffed with health care professionals who are trained in ICU treatment and the use of sophisticated monitoring equipment.

High Dependency Units (HDUs) are wards for people who need more observation, treatment and nursing care than is possible in a general ward but slightly less than that given in an Intensive Care Unit.

An Ambulatory Patient is able to walk about and is not bedridden.

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance. If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.