The Ministry of Health is reporting in its latest COVID-19 update that twenty-three (23) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

     – Twenty-two (22) positive cases are from Trinidad.

     – One (1) positive case is from Tobago.

The Ministry assures that all established protocols have been implemented.

The Ministry is also reporting that as of the afternoon of Monday 17 August 2020, the number of active cases has moved up to 436, and there have been no new deaths.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #403

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 Ministry of Health reminds the population to source your information only from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Communications.

The Ministry of Health provides the following clinical update as of the afternoon of Monday 17 August 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the UWI site for testing for COVID-1915,277
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago588
Total number of active cases436
Number of deaths12
Number of persons discharged140

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

●   Twenty-three (23) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

     – Twenty-two (22) positive cases  –  Trinidad

     – One (1) positive case  –  Tobago

All established protocols have been implemented.

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

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).