Eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the latest COVID-19 update from the Ministry of Health.

However, it emphasizes that the eight new cases are the results of samples taken during the period August 22nd to August 29th, 2020.

In its 6 pm update, today, the Ministry reports that these latest cases bring the national toll of active cases to 998.

Other highlights from the Ministry’s update include:

       –  The national COVID-19 death toll holds steady at 21, as no new deaths were recorded since this morning.

       –  Total number of COVID-19 samples that have tested positive since testing began is 1,691.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #429

Port-of-Spain, August 30th 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.

As of the afternoon of Sunday, 30th August, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-1923,530
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago1691
Total number of active cases998
Number of deaths21
Number of persons discharged672

The eight (8) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 22nd to August 29th, 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:

  • Eight (8) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

All established protocols have been implemented.

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