There are no new COVID-19 cases in Tobago for the past 20 days. Also, there are no active cases.

 This is according to a statement from the Division of Health, Wellness, and Family Development on Monday.

 The division’s Secretary Tracy Davidson -Celestine is encouraging persons with symptoms of the virus to get tested and warns residents not to become complacent.

” We need to be vigilant. COVID can be and is everywhere. We might be free now, but we must work to keeping it so,” she said.

 “We are in a much better place than previous months, but we need to be mindful and continue to observe protocols,” she added.

 In the statement, she also pointed out that the absence of cases “does not mean the island is COVID free. This means of those tested, no new cases have presented.”

The secretary complimented the Health Division’s medical staff, saying they “put their lives on the line every day.” 

The statement gave the island’s clinical update as of Monday, November 16, 2020:

  • Number of persons discharged = 1Number of samples submitted to the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) and other local sites to test for COVID-19 = 1693
  • Number of samples that tested positive for COVID-19 = 106
  • Number of active COVID-19 cases = 0 (20 days)
  • Number of deaths = 2

The release asks the public to continue practicing all preventative and safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your flexed elbow, or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay at home when you are sick and call the hotline at 800-HEAL (4325).
  • Practice physical distancing (6 feet away from persons).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (door handles, cell phones etcetera.)

Reporter: Camille McEachnie