Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Update: 40 more test positive for COVID-19

Update 6 pm

Forty additional people have tested positive for COVID -19.

According to the Ministry of Health's (MoH) 6 pm clinical update, these new cases are from samples taken during the period September 4 to September 14.

As such, the number of individuals who actively have the novel coronavirus has risen to 2,369.

To date, 3,223 people have contracted the illness locally with 798 discharged from the hospital.

Meanwhile, 56 patients have fallen victim to COVID-19 in T&T.

In addition, the number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing stands at 27,883.

Original story

An elderly woman with comorbidities is the latest COVID-19 related death to be recorded.

This brings the total number of virus-related deaths to 56.

The Ministry of Health in its clinical update on Tuesday morning advised of the sad news.

Further, the Ministry indicated that 42 additional people have tested positive for COVID-19.

However, it said these cases represent results from samples taken between September 4 and 14 and is not representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

This brings total confirmed COVID-19 cases to 3,183, with 2,329 of those being active.

The Ministry assured all established protocols have been implemented.

In some better news, 11 more patients have been discharged, bringing the total number of people discharged to 798.

A total of 100 COVID-19 positive patients remain at hospital: four at the Arima General Hospital, 22 at the Caura Hospital and 75 at Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility (four in ICU and six in HDU).

Some 126 patients remain in recovery at step down/transition facilities: five at UWI Debe Campus, 50 at UWI Canada Hall and 71 at UWI Freedom Hall.

The Ministry indicated that 2,061 patients have been home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

It added that the 42 new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

To date, 27,621 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.

The Ministry said 24,578 unique patient tests have been completed, with 3,043 being repeated.

Anyone who has developed symptoms of COVID-19, should call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance. If the person is severely ill, they should call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of the nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

The Ministry will issue another update on the status of COVID-19 in T&T this evening.

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