Blood sample with respiratory coronavirus positive

Trinidad and Tobago has recorded yet another death from COVID-19, moving the national toll up to 57, with the latest victim being a man, with pre-existing health conditions.

Confirmation has come from the Ministry of Health in its latest COVID-19 update, for today, Wednesday 16 September 2020.

The Ministry is also reporting an increase in the number of active cases of the disease, with the total now 2,426, as an additional 70 cases have been recorded.

However, the Ministry says these latest cases are the results from samples taken during the period September 4th to September 15th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

Other highlights from the Ministry’s update:

●  Twelve (12) persons have been discharged from health facilities.

●  96 COVID-19 positive patients are still in hospital

●  2,133 patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

●  127 COVID-19 positive patients are in step-down / transition facilities

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #462

Port-of-Spain, September 16, 2020:   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 population is reminded to source your information only from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health provides the following clinical update as of the morning of Wednesday, September 16, 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.27,883
Number of unique patient tests completed24,820
Number of repeated tests3,063
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago3,293
Total number of active cases2,426
Number of deaths57
Number of persons discharged810

The Ministry of Health provides the following update: 

Seventy (70) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

The seventy (70) positive cases reported shows results from samples taken during the period September 4th to September 15th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there is an additional COVID-19 related death. The person is a male with co-morbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 57. 

Twelve (12) persons have been discharged.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (96)

Two thousand one hundred and thirty-three (2,133) patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

The seventy (70) new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility62 [6 (ICU); 4 (HDU)]
Caura Hospital24
Arima General Hospital8 [5 (ICU); 3 (HDU)
Augustus Long Hospital2 [2 (HDU)]

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – 127

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande0
Balandra0
Tacarigua0
UWI, Debe6
UWI, Canada Hall50
UWI, Freedom Hall71
NAPA0

Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are hospital wards that provide treatment for people who are very ill. They are staffed with health care professionals who are trained in ICU treatment and the use of sophisticated monitoring equipment.

High Dependency Units (HDUs) are wards for people who need more observation, treatment and nursing care than is possible in a general ward but slightly less than that given in an Intensive Care Unit.

An Ambulatory Patient is able to walk about and is not bedridden.

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will continue to update the public via its official communication channels such as:

●  The Ministry of Health’s website (health.gov.tt);

●  The Ministry of Communications websites (moc.gov.tt and news.gov.tt); and

●  The relevant social media pages of these entities (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Please note:

Members of the public are reminded that they must adhere to the ‘New Normal’ recommendations and take the following personal health measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

●   Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public

●   Keep your distance from others (6 feet)

●   Stay home if you are ill

●   Clean then sanitise surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones)

●   Wash your hands often with soap and waters or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

●   Cough into a tissue or into the cook of your elbow

●   Avoid touching your face