Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update # 420

Port-of-Spain, August 26th 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 Wednesday 26th August, 2020:

 Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19. 20,756
 Number of unique patient tests completed 17,834
 Number of repeated tests 2,922
 Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 1,384
 Total number of active cases 1,177
 Number of deaths 15
 Number of persons discharged 192

The one hundred and thirty-two (132) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 18th to August 25th, 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: 

·         One hundred and thirty –two (132) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

o   One (1) person tested positive at a private lab

All established protocols have been implemented.

·         Fourteen (14) persons have been discharged.

o   UWI, Debe – 8

o   UWI, Canada Hall – 3

o   Balandra – 2

o   Tacarigua – 1

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (171)

Four hundred and thirty- two (432) patients are en route/ being admitted to hospital.

Two hundred (200) new patients will be processed for admission.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility1085 (ICU)9 (HDU)
Caura Hospital63 

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (374)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande 31
Balandra 37
Tacarigua 40
UWI, Debe 53
UWI, Canada hall 133
UWI, Freedom hall 66

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.