Update: One person tests positive for COVID-19 in Tobago
Update: 7:48 pm on 23 March 2020.
In a release, Councillor Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development announced that at 5.30 pm today, the first positive case of COVID-19 was recorded in Tobago.
The patient is a resident of Trinidad who arrived in Tobago on an international flight on March 18, 2020. The person was screened by the Port Health Authorities at the ANR Robinson International Airport and immediately placed in a quarantine facility for a planned period of 14 days.
First Positive Case of COVID-19 in Tobago pic.twitter.com/HxejWSqpO3— Office of the Chief Secretary (@OCS_THA) March 23, 2020
On March 22, 2020, this patient and one other person developed symptoms and were admitted to the Scarborough General Hospital. Samples from both individuals were taken and sent to CARPHA for testing.
The patient who tested positive will be transferred to Trinidad to undergo additional treatment, as per established protocols.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago as of Monday night, to 52.
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) said two people have been tested for the novel coronavirus and another 60 quarantined after Trinidad and Tobago nationals arrived in Tobago via various international flights.
In an update shared Monday by the Ministry of Health, THA's Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development said the flights arrived just before all international flights were stopped.
According to the release, a total of 62 Trinidad and Tobago nationals returned to Tobago from several regional and international countries. They were placed under quarantine and are being observed at the Division's secured quarantine facilities for 14 days.
On March 22, two of the returned nationals were taken to the Scarborough General Hospital by health officials for further investigation after daily medical checks revealed that they were feeling unwell.
"In keeping with our protocols, samples from the two individuals were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory to be tested for COVID-19. As at March 23, 2020, at 1.00 pm, a total of 60 persons are at the Division's quarantine facilities. All remaining persons at the quarantine facilities are currently in good health and have not exhibited any flu-like symptoms."
Tobago does not have any confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at this time.
The THA said the people quarantined are receiving regular medical check-ups twice daily by health officials using the correct PPE.
The THA noted that they're being provided with three meals daily and have a self-contained room to ensure self-isolation. Amenities include a bed, fridge, stove, microwave, bathroom facilities, WIFI and cable TV.
The THA said family and friends can deliver care packages which are given to them through the authorities.
The THA said the public will be updated as soon as the results have been obtained.