There has been yet another death from COVID-19 recorded by the Ministry of Health, and the person is yet another elderly male with pre-existing health conditions.

In the Ministry’s update for this morning, Thursday 10 September 2020, it notes that this latest death brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 40.

The Ministry also is reporting another 75 persons testing positive—three of whom are from Tobago—which has pushed up the total number of active cases nationally, to 1,868.

Other highlights from the Ministry’s update include:

  • Seventy-five (75) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19, the results from samples taken during the period August 29th to September 9th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.
    • Three (3) of the positive cases reported are from Tobago
    • Thirteen (13) of these refer to persons who were housed at the Police Training Academy and have not been in circulation within the national community. These individuals will be transferred to a public health facility for relevant medical care.  All established protocols have been implemented.
  • Six (6) persons have been discharged from health facilities.
  • 106 COVID-19 positive patients are still in hospital
  • 117 COVID-19 positive patients are in step-down / transition facilities

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #450

Port-of-Spain, September 10th, 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 Thursday 10th September, 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.25,995
Number of unique patient tests completed22,952
Number of repeated tests3,043
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago2,663
Total number of active cases1,868
Number of deaths40
Number of persons discharged755

The Ministry of Health provides the following update: 

  The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there is an additional COVID-19 related death. The person is an elderly male with co-morbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 40.

●  Seventy-five (75) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

    −  It should be noted that, of the seventy-five (75) COVID-19 positive cases reported, thirteen (13) of these refer to persons who were housed at the Police Training Academy and have not been in circulation within the national community. These individuals will be transferred to a public health facility for relevant medical care.  All established protocols have been implemented.

    −  Three (3) of the positive cases reported are from Tobago

    −  The seventy-five (75) positive cases reported above show results from samples taken during the period August 29th to September 9th, 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 – (106)

One thousand five hundred and seventy (1,570) patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

Seventy – five (75) new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility76 [5 (ICU); 9 (HDU)]
Caura Hospital30

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (117)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande0
Balandra0
Tacarigua0
UWI, Debe5
UWI, Canada Hall44
UWI, Freedom Hall68
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