Update: COVID-19 claims two lives in 24hrs taking local deaths to 55
Update 6 pm
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has reported another COVID-19 related death in its 6 pm clinical update, the second victim in 24 hours.
The person is an elderly male with co-morbidities bringing the cumulative number of fatalities to 55.
Furthermore, 50 additional persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus from samples taken during the period September 3 to September 12.
This has taken the number of active cases to 2,299.
To date, 3,141 people have contracted the virus locally with 787 discharged.
Meanwhile, 27,527 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing.
Another COVID-19 related death has been recorded.
The Ministry of Health in its clinical update on Monday morning indicated that the latest patient to die from the virus is an elderly male with comorbidities.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 54.
The Ministry revealed that an additional 49 people have tested positive for the virus – results from samples taken between September 3 and 12. It assured that all established protocols have been implemented.
The total number of confirmed cases is now at 3,091 with 2,250 being active.
Fifteen people have been discharged, bringing the total number of patients discharged to 787.
Some 102 COVID-19 positive patients remain at hospital: five in ICU at the Arima General Hospital, 27 at the Caura Hospital and 70 (three in ICU, five in HDU) at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility.
COVID-19 positive patients at step-down / transition facilities is now at 128 with seven patients at UWI Debe Campus, 50 at UWI Canada Hall at 71 at UWI Freedom Hall.
A total of 1959 patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.
The Ministry said the 49 new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.
To date, 27,006 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.
Unique patients tests are at 23,963 with 3,043 of those being repeated.
If someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should 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 the nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.
The Ministry will provide another update on the status of COVID-19 at 6 pm.