Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Update: 2,785 samples submitted for testing

Update 10 pm: 

Just four more samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) lab for testing for COVID-19 since this afternoon's update. 

A total of 2,875 samples have now been submitted. 

As of Wednesday night, confirmed cases remain at 116 while the number of discharged patients is still 107. 

The number of deaths related to the virus remains at eight. 

Phase 2 of the country's reopening plan begins tomorrow.

Update 4 pm:

The Ministry of Health has issued its 4 pm clinical update on COVID-19. 

None of the top line statistics has changed barring the number of samples that have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) lab for testing for COVID-19.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 2,781 samples have been submitted for testing. 

Confirmed cases remain at 116 while the number of discharged patients is still 107. 

The number of deaths related to the virus remains at eight. 

Original story:

As Trinidad and Tobago prepares to enter Phase 2 of the reopening of the country's economy, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remains at 116. 

The country is approaching one month of no new confirmed cases of the disease - the last positive case was recorded on April 26. 

To date, 1,047 samples have been taken as part of the surveillance sampling initiative by the Ministry of Health, which was launched on April 14. 

None of these samples has been returned as testing positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

A total of 2,774 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) lab for testing for COVID-19. 

Of these, 412 samples were from repeated tests while 2,362 unique patients have submitted samples so far. 

Trinidad and Tobago currently has only one active case of COVID-19. That patient remains warded in a stable and low-risk condition at the Caura Hospital. 

107 people have recovered from the virus and been discharged, while eight have succumbed to the disease.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram, there are currently 44 people in quarantine around the country.  

20 of these are health care workers who are being housed at the National Academy for the Performing Arts after completing their 'tour of duty' in caring for COVID-19 positive patients. 

The remaining 24 are recently returned nationals who are undergoing their mandatory state quarantine for 14 days - three of these people are at the Cascadia Hotel while the remaining 21 are being accommodated at the National Racquet Sports Centre in Tunapuna. 

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