Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update # 414

Port-of-Spain, August 23rd 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 population is reminded to source your information only from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health provides the following clinical update as of the morning of Sunday 23rd August, 2020:

 Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19. 19,123
 Number of unique patient tests completed 16,847
 Number of repeated tests 2,276
 Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 963
 Total number of active cases 784
 Number of deaths 14
 Number of persons discharged 165

The thirty- three (33) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 16th to August 22nd, 2020. 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. The person is an adult male with co-morbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 14.

·         Thirty-three (33) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

All established protocols have been implemented.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (166)

Two hundred and seventy-five (275) patients are en route/ being admitted to hospital.

Sixty-four (64) new patients will be processed for admission.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility1076 (ICU)3 (HDU)
Caura Hospital59 

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (279)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande 28
Balandra 22
Tacarigua 35
UWI, Debe 53
UWI, St Augustine 135

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.