An elderly man and an elderly woman with pre-existing health conditions, are the latest victims of COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health’s latest update.

According to the Ministry, these latest deaths bring the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 53.

Also, in its clinical update for this morning, Sunday 13 September 2020, the Ministry reports:

  Twenty-six (26) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19, the results from samples taken during the period September 3rd to September 11th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

  The total number of active cases, nationally, is now 2,194.

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

  111 COVID-19 positive patients are still in hospital.

●  128 COVID-19 positive patients are still in step-down facilities.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #456

Port-of-Spain, September 13th, 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 Sunday 13th September, 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.26,724
Number of unique patient tests completed23,681
Number of repeated tests3,043
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago3,019
Total number of active cases2,194
Number of deaths53
Number of persons discharged772

The Ministry of Health provides the following update: 

The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there are two additional COVID-19 related deaths. The persons are an elderly male and an elderly female, both with co-morbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 53.

  • Twenty-six (26) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

The twenty-six (26) positive cases reported above show results from samples taken during the period September 3rd to September 11th, 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 – (111)

One thousand, nine hundred and twenty-nine (1,929) patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

Twenty-six (26) new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility78 [2 (ICU); 5 (HDU)]
Caura Hospital29
Arima General Hospital4

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (128)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande0
Balandra0
Tacarigua0
UWI, Debe7
UWI, Canada Hall50
UWI, Freedom Hall71
NAPA0

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