The Ministry of Health is reporting 85 new, active cases of COVID-19 in this country, with only one (1) of them coming from Tobago.

In its 10 am COVID-19 Update for Tuesday 25 August 200, the Ministry also reports the following…

The eighty-five (85) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 18th to August 24th, 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: 

  •  Eighty-five (85) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

–   Eighty –four (84) persons tested positive – Trinidad

–   One (1) person tested positive – Tobago

All established protocols have been implemented.

  • Thirteen (13) persons have been discharged.

–   Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility – 1

–   UWI, Freedom Hall – 6

–   Brooklyn, Sangre Grande – 5

–   Tacarigua – 1

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #418

Port-of-Spain, August 25th 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 Tuesday 25th August, 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19. 20,101
Number of unique patient tests completed 17,185
Number of repeated tests 2,916
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 1,184
Total number of active cases 991
Number of deaths 15
Number of persons discharged 178
  

The eighty-five (85) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 18th to August 24th, 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: 

■  Eighty-five (85) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

  • Eighty –four (84) persons tested positive – Trinidad
  • One (1) person tested positive – Tobago

All established protocols have been implemented.

■ Thirteen (13) persons have been discharged.

  • Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility – 1
  • UWI, Freedom Hall – 6
  • Brooklyn, Sangre Grande – 5
  • Tacarigua – 1

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (177)

Three hundred and thirteen (313) patients are en route/ being admitted to hospital.

One hundred and fifty-three (153) new patients will be processed for admission.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility111
– 5 (ICU)
– 8 (HDU)
Caura Hospital66 

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (348)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande 23
Balandra 31
Tacarigua 35
UWI, Debe 54
UWI, Canada Hall 126
UWI, Freedom Hall 68
NAPA11 

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