The Ministry of Health is reporting in its latest COVID-19 update that 33 additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases to 401 patients.

In its update for the afternoon of Sunday 16 August 2020, the Ministry notes that all established protocols have been implemented with respect to these new cases. However, details on how many came into contact with other positive cases, and whether epidemiological investigation are to be finalised.

The Ministry is also reporting that as of this afternoon, the number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago since testing began this year, has risen to 552.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #401

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 Sunday 16 August 2020:

14,094
Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19
552
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago
401Total number of active cases
11Number of deaths
140Number of persons discharged

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

●  Thirty-three (33) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19. Awaiting laboratory forms for categorisation purposes (i.e. contact of COVID-19 positive patient or pending epidemiological investigation, etc.)

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).