Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update # 400

Port-of-Spain, August 16th 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 Sunday 16th August, 2020:

 Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing forCOVID-19 13,494
 Number of unique patient tests completed 11,844
 Number of repeated tests 1,650
 Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 519
 Total number of active cases 368
 Number of deaths 11
 Number of persons discharged 140

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. The person is an adult male with pre-existing medical conditions. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 11.

·         One (1) person has been discharged from the Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande.

·         Twenty-two (22) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

o   Six (6) cases are pending epidemiological investigation. 

o   Two (2) are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 patients.

o   Fourteen (14)  persons tested positive at a private lab

All established protocols have been implemented.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (115)

Sixty –five (65) patients are en route/ being admitted to hospital.

Forty –five (45) new patients will be processed for admission.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility683 (ICU)1 (HDU)
Caura Hospital47 

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (143)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande 19
Balandra 31
Tacarigua 40
Debe 53

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.