Wednesday 28 October, 2020

COVID-19 outbreak at jail pushes Tobago cases to 102

COVID-19 cases in Tobago have now crossed 100, following confirmation of 24 new infections.

The Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development in a clinical update on Thursday advised that 18 of the new cases are from the Tobago Prison; five Prison Officers and 13 prisoners.

The 13 prisoners have been isolated from the other inmates who tested negative.

The remaining six cases were contacts of recent positive cases.

An isolation facility for COVID-19 positive prisoners has been acquired and is being prepared for use.

Officials from the Ministry of National Security are expected to inspect the facility this afternoon.

The Division advised that on completion of preparations and the granting of necessary approval by the Ministry, the facility will be used as a temporary Prison to isolate COVID-19 positive prisoners.

Since the facility is currently not ready for use, the 13 COVID-19 positive prisoners are en route to Trinidad this afternoon via the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard.

As soon as the prisoners have been transferred, the Prison will be deep cleaned and sanitised.

The remaining Prison Officers and prisoners who tested negative for COVID-19, will continue to be monitored daily for 14 days, and if anyone develops symptoms, they will be re-tested.

To date, 102 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tobago. Just 34 of those cases are active.

Nine patients remain at the COVID-19 Treatment Facility, while one patient is at the COVID-19 Intensive Care.

A total of 66 patients have been discharged.

The Division confirmed that 1,325 samples have been submitted to the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) and other local sites to test for COVID-19.

The public is reminded to practice all preventative and safety measures, which include:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

• Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public

• Cover your cough or sneeze with your flexed elbow, or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

• Stay at home when you are sick and call the hotline at 800-HEAL (4325).

• Practice physical distancing (6 feet away from persons).

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (door handles, cell phones etc.)

If persons have flu-like symptoms, stay at home and call the COVID-19 Hotline, toll  free at 800-HEAL (4325). 

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