Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update # 462

Port-of-Spain, September 16, 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, September 16, 2020:

 Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.
 Number of unique patient tests completed
 Number of repeated tests 3,063 
 Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 3,293
 Total number of active cases 2,426
 Number of deaths 57
 Number of persons discharged

The Ministry of Health provides the following update: 

·         Seventy (70) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

The seventy (70) positive cases reported shows results from samples taken during the period September 4th to September 15th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

·         The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there is an additional COVID-19 related death. The person is a male with co-morbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 57. 

·      Twelve (12) persons have been discharged.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (96)

Two thousand one hundred and thirty-three (2,133) patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

 The seventy (70) new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility626 (ICU)4 (HDU)
Caura Hospital24 
Arima General Hospital85 (ICU)3 (HDU) 
Augustus Long Hospital22(HDU)

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – 127

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande 0
Balandra 0
Tacarigua 0
UWI, Debe 6
UWI, Canada hall 50
UWI, Freedom hall 71

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.