Five more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, who reports that all five persons are primary contacts of a recently positive COVID-19 patient.

According to the latest COVID-19 update from the Ministry, as of the morning of Saturday 25 July 2020, these new cases bring to 147, the total number of people who have been confirmed with COVID-19 since the outbreak began.

Meanwhile, testing continues apace at CARPHA, with the number of unique patient tests nearing 5,000, and the number of samples submitted up to 6,500.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #356

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 provides the following clinical update as of the morning of Saturday 25th July 2020:

6,500  Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19
4,967 Number of unique patient tests completed
1,533 Number of repeated tests
147Number of samples which have tested positive
8Number of deaths
128Number of persons discharged

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

● Five (5) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.  All five cases are primary contacts of a recently positive COVID-19 patient. All established protocols have been implemented.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (6) – Caura Hospital

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (0)

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.

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

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).