Tobago has recorded is first COVID-19 death and the country its seventh death from the virus overall.
A Ministry of Health release early Sunday confirmed the latest death, indicating also that of the 797 tests that had so far been submitted to CARPHA, 104 had tested positive for COVID-19.
There was very little information in the release about the country’s latest death, as it only stated that the patient was an “elderly male with a pre-existing medical condition.”
However, during a virtual press conference on Saturday, CMO Dr Roshan Parasram did not indicate that the Tobago patient was in critical condition.
Since the country’s first death more than three weeks ago, the information disseminated on those who have succumbed to the virus has dwindled. Of the fatalities, there have been six men and one woman.
The release added that the latest positive case was “pending epidemiological investigation.”
The Tobago health authority in a statement also disclosed the death.
“The Secretary, Administrator, and staff of the Division of Health Wellness and Family Development and the Board, Executive Management team and staff of the Tobago Regional Health Authority express sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” the release added.
The release also gave the breakdown of Tobago’s COVID cases as follows:
As at Sunday April 5, 2020, 10 am, updates on COVID-19 in Tobago are as follows:
• Number of samples submitted to Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory to test for COVID-19 = 74
• Number of samples that tested positive = 3
• Number of deaths = 1
• Number of persons who completed quarantine at the Division’s quarantine facilities = 19
• Number of remaining persons at the Division’s quarantine facilities = 43
It is important to note that the persons who completed quarantine at the Division’s quarantine facilities have not exhibited any flu-like symptoms. They have been in quarantine for the total incubation period of COVID-19 (14 days) and they have been monitored by health officials twice daily. As guided by the World Health Organisation’s policy, those persons are now deemed safe to return to society, without the risk of infecting persons.