Saturday 11 July, 2020

One active COVID-19 case in T&T; close contacts being monitored

The Ministry of Health is advising the population of a new confirmed case (imported) of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago - the patient had a recent travel history.

In its 10 pm update, the Ministry said the national has been in state quarantine since their arrival in Trinidad and Tobago.

It said this measure has significantly reduced the potential for local spread of the virus.

This brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago to one.

The Ministry said close contacts of the positive patient are also under state quarantine and have been tested in accordance with the relevant protocols. 

It said these close contacts are being closely supervised by public health officers.

As of Saturday night, the Ministry said 3149 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the University of West Indies (UWI) site for testing for COVID-19.

A total of 117 samples have tested positive to date, while 108 patients have been discharged.

Eight deaths have been recorded.

Members of the public are reminded that they must to 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.

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