Thursday 9 July, 2020

Quarantine for Tobago resident returning from China

A T&T national studying in China will be quarantined on arriving in Tobago.

The Division of Health received advance notice on the expected arrival of the individual and already has measures in place to treat with any case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The Division and the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) assured that all procedures and protocols are in place to respond, in the event that the individual becomes ill.

The Division advised that screening will be performed on all passengers arriving on the flight to determine if there are any ill persons on board.

The national in question will be immediately quarantined, interviewed and examined by Port Health officials.

Once the individual is found to be in good health, in keeping with the nation’s policy that returning nationals from China will be quarantined and monitored at home. That person will be taken directly home by Health Authorities.

The national will be quarantined at home for the following fourteen days with security stationed at the home 24/7, to ensure that the person adheres to the national policy to remain in the confines of their home.

Public Health Authorities will monitor the individual on a daily basis to ensure the person remains in good health.

In the event that Port Health officials determine that the individual has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, the individual will be immediately taken into isolation at the Scarborough General Hospital for medical management.

The Division assured, however, that there is no need for panic and that there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.

But, it encourages the public to implement simple, preventative measures to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.

1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 secs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2. Cover your cough or sneeze with your flexed elbow, or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

3. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

4. Stay at home when you are sick.

5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (door handles, cell phones etc.)

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