Saturday 28 March, 2020

Tests reveal Tobago resident does not have novel Coronavirus

Citizens can breathe a sigh of relief as the sister isle and the country by extension does not have any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

This was confirmed by the Tobago House of Assembly’s Division of Health in a media release on Carnival Tuesday.

It follows blood, urine and nasal swabs that were taken from a resident who arrived home from China last Friday. The samples were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory in Trinidad for testing on Monday night after the unidentified returnee was quarantined at the Scarborough General Hospital following tests that revealed a low-grade fever.

The statement said the tests for COVID-19 returned negative.

“Since admission to the Hospital, the individual had no fever or any other symptoms of COVID-19,” the Division of Health assured.

Meanwhile, the statement said in keeping with the World Health Organization's guidelines for 14 days quarantine, the patient will continue to be monitored for the remaining nine days.

“The individual will be self-quarantined at home under 24/7 security watch, with continued daily monitoring by health officials, using the appropriate personal protective equipment,” it stated.

The public is once again reminded that there is no need to panic.

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