The Ministry of Health is reporting that four more people have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 1,477.

However, the Ministry states that these new cases are the results from samples taken during the period August 28th to September 5th, 2020, and not reflective of positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

Confirmation has come in its 10 am clinical update for today.

Other highlights from the Ministry’s update include:

●  109 patients are still being treated at health facilities at Couva and Caura.

●  38 patients currently are in step-down facilities.

●  Seven (7) persons have been discharged from health facilities, bringing the national total to 724.

●  The total number of deaths, nationally, still stands at 33 persons.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #442

Port-of-Spain, September 6th, 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 6thSeptember, 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.24,841
Number of unique patient tests completed21,919
Number of repeated tests  2,922
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago  2,234
Total number of active cases  1,477
Number of deaths   33
Number of persons discharged   724
  

The four (4) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 28th to September 5th, 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:

●  Four (4) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.
All established protocols have been implemented.

●  Seven (7) persons have been discharged.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (109)

One thousand, three hundred and twenty-six (1,326) patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

Four (4) new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility78 [6 (ICU); 13 (HDU)]
Caura Hospital31

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (38)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande  0
Balandra  0
Tacarigua  0
UWI, Debe  4
UWI, Canada Hall  0
UWI, Freedom Hall  33
NAPA1  

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