Update: T&T records second COVID-19 death in less than 24 hours
Update 6 pm
Trinidad and Tobago has recorded yet another COVID-19 related death. The patient was said to be an adult male with pre-existing conditions.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) made the revelation in its 6 pm clinical update.
This is the second death from the virus reported today. Earlier, the Ministry confirmed the death of an elderly woman with COVID-19 who had pre-existing conditions .
Additionally, the MoH also reported 14 new cases of the viral respiratory illness. These latest patients were identified from samples taken between August 7 to present and do not represent positive cases over the last 24 hours only.
Of these new infections, 10 are in Trinidad and four in Tobago. Seven are contacts of recently positive cases while seven are pending epidemiological investigation. The ministry said all established protocols have been implemented.
To date, the country has recorded 426 positive cases of the novel coronavirus. The total number of active cases stand at 277.
One hundred and thirty-nine people have been discharged from the hospital.
A total of 12,937 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency and UWI site for testing.
Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have risen to 412 with eight additional positive cases.
This brings the total number of active cases of the coronavirus to 265.
The Ministry of Health in its update on Friday morning said the new cases reported are from samples taken from August 6 to present, and not just the last 24 hours.
Of the eight additional cases, six are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 patients while the other two are pending epidemiological investigation.
Currently, 130 patients are hospitalised for COVID-19: 49 at the Caura Hospital and 81 at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility; one at the High Dependency Unit and two at the Intensive Care Unit.
An additional 84 patients are either en route, or already being admitted to hospital.
Fifty-one patients are now at step-down/transition facilities- 20 at the Brooklyn Facility at Sangre Grande and 31 at Balandra.
To date, 12,616 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site testing for COVID-19.
A total of 10,966 patients have been tested for the virus with 1,650 tests being repeated.
The number of recovered patients remains at 139 and no new related deaths have been reported.
The Ministry advised anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 to call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance. If someone is severely ill, they should call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of the nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.