CAMILLE McEACHNIE

A 57-year-old woman has died from COVID-19 in Tobago.

She is the island’s second person to succumb to the virus.

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

The island recorded 59 positive cases, 14 of which remain active.

Here is the full release.

UPDATE #42 – CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN TOBAGO

Wilson Road, 25th September, 2020, 9:00am:

The Division regrets to inform the public that there was a COVID-19 related death yesterday. The person is a 57 year old woman with comorbidities.

Councillor Tracy Davidson Celestine, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development expressed sincere condolences to the family and loved ones at this time. She said:

“This is a most difficult time for the family and loved ones of the woman we lost to COVID-19.  Let us support them with our thoughts and prayers at this time. Every person we lose to this monster pandemic is one too many. We must do what we can to protect our loved ones. Mask up, wash your hands, follow the guidelines, it will save lives. We cannot think it won’t be me or you.”

The Secretary added: “The Division has extended support services to the family. We urge the public to use our telephone counselling support service as we battle this pandemic. Just reach out if you feel the need to talk to someone. We are all in this together.”

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Tobago to two (2).

One (1) additional case tested positive for COVID-19 in Tobago. All established protocols were implemented, inclusive of contact tracing, which is ongoing. Two (2) persons have also been discharged.

The clinical update for Tobago is as follows:

●    Number of samples submitted to the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) and other local sites to test for COVID-19 = 1132

●    Number of samples that tested positive for COVID-19 = 59

o    Number of active COVID-19 cases = 14

–    Number of patients at the COVID-19 Treatment Facility = 5

–    Number of patients at the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit = 1

–    Number of patients at the step-down facility = 8

o    Number of persons discharged = 43 (updated figure as of 25/09/2020)

o    Number of deaths = 2

The public is reminded to practice all preventative and safety measures, which include:

●    Wash your 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 etc.)

If persons have flu-like symptoms, stay at home and call the COVID-19 Hotline, toll free at 800 HEAL (4325).