Tobago has recorded its first COVID-19 case. The announcement was made via a press release issued by the Tobago House of Assembly’s Division of Health and Wellness and Family Development yesterday evening.
The statement said that the Trinidad and Tobago resident arrived in Tobago on an international flight on Wednesday 18th March 2020 and was placed in quarantine.
“In keeping with the Division’s protocols, immediately upon disembarking, the individual was screened by the Port Health Authorities at the ANR Robinson International Airport. The individual was immediately placed in one of our secured quarantine facilities for a planned period of fourteen (14) days,” the statement said.
It added: “Five days later, on March 22nd, 2020, the individual developed symptoms and was admitted to the Scarborough General Hospital. A sample was taken and rushed to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory to be tested for COVID-19, which has since returned positive.”
The Division said it received the results at 5.30 pm yesterday. This took the count in Trinidad and Tobago to 52.
“Given that the individual is unwell, the person will be transferred to Trinidad to undergo additional treatment, as per established protocols,” the statement said.
The Division noted that the remaining persons at the Division’s quarantine facilities remain in good health and continue to be monitored twice daily. The statement also reminded the public that the implementation of simple, preventative measures will reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Up to yesterday, 62 persons were said to be under quarantine at facilities in Tobago.