Sunday 7 June, 2020

Tobago records 5th COVID-19 case, 65 complete quarantine

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA), has announced that the island has recorded its fifth positive case of COVID-19. The THA’s Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development also announced that all 65 people who were housed in their quarantine facility, have been released. 

In a media release today, the Division also revealed that Tobago has submitted 85 samples for testing at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).   

They’re assuring that all the people who were released from the quarantine facilities showed no symptoms of COVID-19 for the entire 14-day incubation period. They also promised that health officials were on hand to check on them and as such, they’re confident that all 65 are healthy. 

The national toll for positive COVID-19 stands at 109, as of 4pm on April 9. 

In keeping with its mandate to safeguard the population against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health reminding the public that the virus can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces. 

It stressed the importance of regularly sanitising commonly touched surfaces like table tops, handrails, door knobs and trolleys. 

These surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to sanitisation. 

The Ministry said a simple solution of 1/3 cup of household bleach to one gallon of water will do the trick. 

It noted that the important elements of sanitisation are disinfecting frequently and thoroughly, and using the cleaning product correctly. 

The public is also advised to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19: 
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze 
• Dispose of tissue immediately after using 
• Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue 
• Stay home if you are ill 
• Sanitise hard surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys) as often as possible. 
• Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms 
• Practise social distancing 
• Maintain at least two metres (approximately six feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of flu-like illness. 
The Ministry said it is also advised that all public transportation vehicles should operate with windows open and limit their occupancy. 
Further, it said it will continue to provide accurate information to the public in a timely fashion. 
The public is urged to disregard and avoid sharing all unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19. 

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