Rishard Khan
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There have been 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country over the past eight days, according to the Ministry of Health’s 10 am update.

The Ministry explains that this figure includes results from tests taken from August 5 to the present.

Of these recent cases, 23 are “pending epidemiological investigation”, 19 are “contacts of recently positive patients” and one person tested positive at a private lab.

“All established protocols have been implemented,” the ministry said.

This brings the total number of positive cases in the country to 369, with 222 the number of cases currently active.

Deaths remain unchanged at eight persons.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #394

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 reminds the population to source your information only from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Communications.

As of the morning of Thursday 13th August 2020, the Ministry reports the following:

12,315
 
Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19
10,695 Number of unique patient tests completed
1,620  Number of repeated tests
369
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago
222Total number of active cases
8Number of deaths
139Number of persons discharged

The forty-three (43) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 5th, 2020 to present. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

●  Forty-three (43) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

     – One (1) person tested positive at a private lab

     – Twenty-three (23) cases are pending epidemiological investigation.

     – Nineteen (19) are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 patients.

     – All established protocols have been implemented.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (144). Fifteen (15) patients are en route/ being admitted to hospital. Forty-three (43) new patients will be processed for admission.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility95
− 1 (ICU)
− 2 (HDU)
Caura Hospital49

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (20) – Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande

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