Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update # 451

Port-of-Spain, September 10, 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.

As of the afternoon of Thursday, 10th September, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-1926,176
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago2,698
Total number of active cases1,900
Number of deaths43
Number of persons discharged755

The Ministry of Health provides the following update: 

The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there are three additional COVID-19 related deaths. The persons are an elderly male with co-morbidities, an adult male with co-morbidities and another adult male. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 43. 

·         Thirty-five (35) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

It should be noted that, of the thirty-five (35) COVID-19 positive cases reported, three (3) of these refer to persons who were housed at the Police Training Academy and have not been in circulation within the national community. These individuals will be transferred to a public health facility for relevant medical care.  All established protocols have been implemented.

The thirty-five (35) positive cases reported above show results from samples taken during the period August 29th to September 9th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

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.