Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update # 404

Port-of-Spain, August 18th 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 Tuesday 18th August, 2020:

 Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing forCOVID-1916,051
 Number of unique patient tests completed 13,775
 Number of repeated tests 2,276
 Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 600
 Total number of active cases 448
 Number of deaths 12
 Number of persons discharged 140

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

·         Twelve (12) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

All established protocols have been implemented.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (179)

Ninety (90) patients are en route/ being admitted to hospital.

Thirty-five (35) new patients will be processed for admission.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility1093 (ICU) 
Caura Hospital70 

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (144)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande 19
Balandra 31
Tacarigua 40
Debe 54

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.