Three more survivors of COVID-19 have been discharged from various Ministry of Health facilities, bringing the total number of discharged survivors to 107.

According to the ministry’s latest COVID-19 Update, as of the morning of Sunday 10 May 2020, two people left the Home of Football Step-Down Facility in Couva; while one person was discharged from the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility.

The Ministry of Health also has confirmed that some 1,966 people have been tested for COVID-19 in this country, since testing began.  The number of those confirmed as positive for the disease remains unchanged at 116 persons.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #181

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 Sunday 10th May 2020:

2,307  =  Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19

1,966 =  Number of unique patient tests completed

341  =  Number of repeated tests

116  =  Number of samples which have tested positive

8  =  Number of deaths

107  =  Number of persons discharged

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

*  Three (3) additional persons have been discharged.

   –  Home of Football, Couva – (2)

   –  Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility – (1)

The public is 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

*   Stay home if you are ill

*   Sanitise hard surfaces (e.g. table-tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys) as often as possible.

*   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.

It also is advised that all public transportation vehicles should operate with windows open and limit their occupancy.

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).

Additional note:

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.  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.