The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 2,100 people have been tested for COVID-19 in this country, since testing began, with the number of those confirmed as positive for the disease being 116 persons.
According to the ministry’s latest COVID-19 Update, as of the morning of Thursday 14th May 2020, the total number of samples submitted to CARPHA for testing was 2,511, of which 411 were repeated tests.
The ministry also reports that one person remains hospitalised at the Caura Hospital, who is said to be at low risk and in stable condition.
The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #193
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 provides the following clinical update as of the morning of Thursday 14th May 2020:
2,511 = Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19
2,100 = Number of unique patient tests completed
411 = Number of repeated tests
116 = Number of samples which have tested positive
8 = Number of deaths
107 = Number of persons discharged
COVID-19 Patients in Hospitals
Total number of hospitalized patients – 1
* Caura Hospital – 1
– Low risk, stable patient.
– All are low risk, stable patients
The Ministry of Health reminds the public that COVID-19 can be spread by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the novel coronavirus. It is important to regularly sanitise commonly touched surfaces (e.g. table-tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys). If dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to sanitisation. A simple solution of 1/3 cup of household bleach to one gallon of water is quite effective.
The important elements of sanitisation are disinfecting frequently and thoroughly and using the cleaning product correctly.
The public is also strongly advised to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:
* Wash your hands properly with soap and water
– Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if water and soap are not available
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
– Dispose of tissue immediately after using
– Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue
* Avoid touching your face
* Stay home if you are ill
* Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
* Practise social distancing
– No kissing, hugging or handshaking, and avoid unnecessary gatherings
– Maintain at least 2 metres (approximately 6 feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of flu-like illness.
Additionally, all public transportation vehicles should operate with windows open and limit their occupancy by 50 percent.
The Ministry will continue to provide accurate information to the public in a timely fashion.
The public is therefore urged to disregard and avoid sharing all unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19 (formerly Novel Coronavirus).