Thursday 24 September, 2020

Update: COVID-19 death toll at 53; 2,217 active cases

Update September 13, 2020, 6.20 pm:

The Ministry of Health said an additional 23 people have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases to 2,217.

As of Sunday evening at 6 pm, the death toll stands at 53.

The Ministry said in its 6 pm update that the additional cases show results from samples taken during the period September 2-12 and is not representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

To date, the Ministry said a total of 26,818 samples have been submitted for testing with 3,042 total positive cases and 2,217 active cases.

The Ministry said 773 people have been discharged to date.

The Ministry said it will continue to provide updates via official channels.

Members of the public are reminded that they must adhere to the ‘New Normal’ recommendations and take the following personal health measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

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

Keep your distance from others (6 feet)

Stay home if you are ill

Clean then sanitize surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones)

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow

Avoid touching your face

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance. If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

 

Original story:

The Ministry of Health said the country's COVID-19 death toll has increased to 53 after the deaths of an elderly man and woman.

In an update at 10 am today, the Minstry said both patients had co-morbidities (other health conditions). This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 53.

Additionally, the Ministry said 26 additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19. 

The Ministry said the 26 positive cases show results from samples taken during the period September 3-11 and is not representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

The Ministry said the 26 new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.

To date, there are currently 111 hospitalised patients and 1,929 people under home isolation under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

Of the 78 patients at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility, two are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while five are in the High Dependency Unity (HDU).

There are 29 patients at the Caura Hospital and four at the Arima General Hospital.

To date, the Ministry said there are 128 patients at state step-down facilties: seven at UWI, Canada Hall; 50 at UWI, Freedom Hall; and 71 at NAPA (used by health workers who have finished their tour of duty).

The Ministry said to date, 26,724 samples have been submitted for testing with 23,681 unique tests and 3,043 repeated tests. 

To date, a total of 3,019 samples have tested positive with 2,194 active cases. 

772 people have been discharged. 

The Ministry said it will continue to provide updates via its official channels.

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance. If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

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