Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update # 397

Port-of-Spain, August 14, 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.         

As of the afternoon of Friday, 14th August, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the UWI site for testing for COVID-1912,937
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago426
Total number of active cases277
Number of deaths10
Number of persons discharged139

The fourteen (14) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 7th, 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:

The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there is an additional COVID-19 related death, subsequent to the death reported earlier today. The person is an adult male with pre-existing medical conditions. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 10.

  • Fourteen (14) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19 – Trinidad (10); Tobago (4).
  • Seven (7) are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 cases
  • Seven (7) are pending epidemiological investigation. 

All established protocols have been implemented.

Members of the public are reminded that they must adhere to the ‘New Normal’ recommendations and take the following personal health measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

·         Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public

·         Keep your distance from others (6 feet)

·         Stay home if you are ill

·         Clean then sanitize surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones)

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

·         Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow

·         Avoid touching your face

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.