Update: COVID-19 fatalities jump to 70 with three deaths in 24hrs
Update 6 pm
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has announced a third COVID-19-related death in 24 hours, taking fatalities to 70.
The latest victim is an elderly male with comorbidities and comes as two more people died from the virus earlier today.
Furthermore, 17 additional individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As a result, active cases have climbed to 2,085.
To date, the number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities is 4,277.
Meanwhile, 905 people have been discharged from public health facilities, 1,217 community patients have recovered.
In addition, 30,424 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing.
Two additional COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded.
The Ministry of Health in its clinical update on Friday morning revealed the latest fatalities as an elderly man with comorbidities and a woman from Tobago with pre-existing conditions.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 69.
The Ministry also noted that there are 25 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,260. Of those cases, 2,069 are active.
The new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.
Seven patients have been discharged from public health facilities. The total number of patients discharged is now 905.
Sixty-eight more community cases have recovered, bringing the total of recovered community cases to 1,217.
Recovered community cases refer to persons who were previously COVID-19 positive and in self-isolation at home and subsequently met the discharge criteria and were released from self-isolation.
A total of 96 patients remain at hospital: 58 (six in ICU and seven in HDU) at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility, 22 at Caura Hospital, five at Arima General Hospital, one at Augustus Long Hospital, and 10 at St Ann’s Hospital.
COVID-19 positive patients in step-down / transition facilities are now at 103: six at the UWI Debe Campus, 52 at UWI Canada Hall and 45 at UWI Freedom Hall.
To date, 30,262 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.
The number of patients tested for the virus now stands at 27,199.
The Ministry of Health will issue another update on the status of COVID-19 this evening.