More than a hundred new COVID-19 cases have been documented by the Ministry of Health, in its latest update.

According to the Ministry’s COVID-19 update for the morning of Wednesday 9 September 2020, some 102 new positive cases have been recorded. However, these cases are the results of tests conducted between August 29th to September 8th, 2020, and are not reflective of new cases only in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry states:

One hundred and two (102) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.  It should be noted that, of the one hundred and two (102) COVID-19 positive cases reported, forty-three (43) 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.

Other key highlights from this morning’s report include:

●  Six (6) persons have been discharged from health facilities.

●  103 COVID-positive patients in hospital.

●  38 COVID-positive patients in step-down facilities.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #448

Port-of-Spain, September 9th, 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 9th September, 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.25,796
Number of unique patient tests completed22,874
Number of repeated tests  2,922
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago  2,493
Total number of active cases  1,705
Number of deaths  39
Number of persons discharged  749
  

The Ministry of Health provides the following update: 

●  One hundred and two (102) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.  It should be noted that, of the one hundred and two (102) COVID-19 positive cases reported, forty-three (43) 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 one hundred and two (102) positive cases reported above show results from samples taken during the period August 29th to September 8th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

●  Six (6) persons have been discharged.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (103)

One thousand four hundred and sixty-two (1,462) patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

One hundred and two (102) new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility77 [5(ICU); 10 (HDU)]
Caura Hospital26  

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (38)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande  0
Balandra  0
Tacarigua  0
UWI, Debe  5
UWI, Canada Hall  0
UWI, Freedom Hall  32
NAPA1  

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.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will continue to update the public via its official communication channels such as:

●  The Ministry of Health’s website (health.gov.tt);

●  The Ministry of Communications websites (moc.gov.tt and news.gov.tt); and

●  The relevant social media pages of these entities (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Please note:

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 sanitise surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones)

●   Wash your hands often with soap and waters or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

●   Cough into a tissue or into the cook of your elbow

●   Avoid touching your face