The national death toll for COVID-19 has hit 30 with yet another death being recorded by the Ministry of Health.

According to the Ministry’s 10 am update for today, the latest victim to the disease was an adult male, however, the Ministry did not state whether he had any pre-existing health conditions that made him more vulnerable.

In addition, this latest death means that the number of deaths from COVID-19 has doubled over the past week.

The ministry also is reporting an additional 46 new positive cases, based on samples taken during the period August 28th to September 2nd, 2020. It asserts that this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

With these new cases, the number of active COVID-19 cases has risen to 2,030 patients.

Other highlights include… 

  • Seven (7) additional persons have been discharged.
  • Five (5) patients are still in step-down facilities.
  • One thousand one hundred and forty-two (1,142) patients are in home isolation under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical officer of Health (CMOH) offices.
  • Forty-six (46) new patients will be processed for hospital admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #438

Port-of-Spain, September 4th 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 Friday 4th September, 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.  24,449
Number of unique patient tests completed  21,527
Number of repeated tests  2,922
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago  2,030
Total number of active cases  1293
Number of deaths  30
Number of persons discharged  707
  

The forty-six (46) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 28th to September 2nd, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there is an additional COVID-19 related death. The person is an adult male. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 30.

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:  

  • Forty-six (46) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.
    All established protocols have been implemented.
  • Seven (7) additional persons have been discharged.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (100)

One thousand one hundred and forty-two (1,142) patients are in home isolation under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical officer of Health (CMOH) offices.

Forty-six (46) new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility74 [6 (ICU); 13 (HDU)]
Caura Hospital26  

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (5)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande  0
Balandra  0
Tacarigua  0
UWI, Debe  3
UWI, Freedom Hall  0
UWI, Canada Hall  0
NAPA2  

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