The Ministry of Health has announced five new COVID-19 cases.

The announcement was made in the 10 am COVID update Friday morning.

·         Five (5) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19. 

–        Three (3) are primary contacts of a recently positive COVID-19 patient.

–        Two (2) are pending epidemiological investigation.

This follows 8 new cases announced on Thursday.

These latest COVID-19 positive cases brings the official total number of infected persons to 169, since the outbreak began earlier this year.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #368

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 Friday 31st July 2020:

7,716 
Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19
6,145 Number of unique patient tests completed
1,571 Number of repeated tests
169 Number of samples which have tested positive
Number of deaths
132 Number of persons discharged

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

  Five (5) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

    –  Three (3) are primary contacts of a recently positive COVID-19 patient.

    –  Two (2) are pending epidemiological investigation.

All established protocols have been implemented.

●  Two (2) persons have been discharged from the Caura Hospital.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (24). Five (5) new patients are en route to hospital.

Caura Hospital23
Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility1

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.

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).