Tobago’s COVID-19 hotline

Story by CAMILLE McEACHNIE

Tobago resident Manuela Rueede of Switzerland washes her hands, on Friday, at a sink provided by the Tobago House of Assembly at the entrance to the Scarborough market at Shaw Park. (Image: CAMILLE McEACHNIE)

Starting tomorrow, Saturday March 21, anyone in Tobago suffering from flu-like symptoms can call 211 for help.

The hotline, set up by the Tobago COVID-19 Multidivisional Task Force, puts callers in touch with doctors attached to the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) and County Medical Officer for Health.

According to a TRHA release, the hotline is manned seven days per week, all day.

The release said accessing the line is simple:

  • Call the line.
  • The doctors will interview you.
  • They will determine if you should head to the nearest health centre or the Scarborough hospital.
  • The authority will then put protocols in place to either or monitor or treat the patient.

The release reminded persons to do the following:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a flexed elbow, if tissue is used, disposed of it in the bin and hands washed.
  • Avoid people who display flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home is sick and if you need to go out practice social distancing.
  • Clean and sanitize all surfaces.