Thursday 24 September, 2020

Update: 35 new COVID-19 cases take tally to 404

Update 6 pm

Trinidad and Tobago has recorded 35 more positive cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday evening.

In its 6 pm clinical update, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said 13 are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 cases while 22 are pending epidemiological investigation. It added that all established protocols have been implemented.

Furthermore, the cases reportedly show results from samples taken during the period August 6 to present.

The number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago to date is 404, 257 of which are active .

Eight people have died from the viral respiratory illness. One hundred and thirty-nine people have been discharged from the hospital.

Meanwhile, 12,430 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for COVID-19 testing. 

Original story

The number of active cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen to 222 with 43 new positive cases confirmed today.

This brings the number of confirmed cases of the virus in Trinidad and Tobago to 369.

The new cases, however, are not only from samples taken in the past 24-hour period.

The Ministry of Health in its 10 am update on Thursday noted that the positive results were from samples taken from August 5 to today.

The Ministry offered the following breakdown of the additional cases: one person tested positive at a private lab, 23 cases are pending epidemiological investigation and the remaining 19 are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 patients.

Citizens are assured that all established protocols have been implemented.

The additional patients will be processed for admission to hospital, while 15 patients are en route/ being admitted.

A total of 144 COVID-19 positive patients are currently at hospital: 95 patients at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility where one of those patients is warded in the Intensive Care Unit and two others in the High Dependency Unit. There are 49 other patients at the Caura Hospital.

The remaining 20 patients are being housed at the Brooklyn Facility in Sangre Grande.

To date, 12,315 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing for COVID-19. The number of patients tested has risen to 10,695, with 1,620 tests being repeated.

There has been no change in the number of patients recovered or the number of deaths recorded from the last update.

The Ministry advised anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 to call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

In the event that someone is severely ill, the Ministry advised that they call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of the nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

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