CARPHA tests 63 samples for COVID-19; confirmed cases remain at one
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that, as of the afternoon of Friday 13 March, 63 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Of these, the number of cases that have tested positive remains at one.
The public has been reminded that the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has the only lab that is certified to test samples for COVID-19 and therefore, it is the only lab that can confirm positive or negative results of the samples.
The Ministry maintained it will continue to provide accurate information to the public in a timely fashion.
They have urged the public to disregard and avoid sharing all unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health also said it has taken the official decision to institute two parallel health care systems - one public health system will focus on addressing confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Caura Hospital and the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility will be used for this purpose. The public is therefore encouraged to access the standard public health care services via the other existing health facilities.
The also announced that Public Health Inspectors will visit various public locations within communities where large gatherings are common such as schools, supermarkets and malls to advise key representatives on the necessary health care precautions.
Members of the public are once again asked to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:
- Wash your hands properly with soap and water
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Dispose of tissue immediately after using
- Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home if you are ill
- Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have recently travelled outside of Trinidad and Tobago, or have come into close contact with someone who has travelled internationally, please self-quarantine and call your nearest public health facility.