Monday 23 November, 2020

Second patient dies of COVID-19 in T&T

Yet another Trinidad and Tobago national has lost his life to the COVID-19 disease.

This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health in a media release distributed on Friday morning.

He is the second patient to have succumbed to the illness in Trinidad and Tobago and was said to be an elderly gentleman with pre-existing medical complications.

The Ministry of Health offered its condolences to the family who is, understandably, grieving this loss at this time.

Members of the public are urged to respect patient confidentiality and to allow the family the space to cope with the death of their loved one.

The Ministry also announced some positive news, however, revealing that one of the people receiving treatment for COVID-19 has been discharged from the hospital.

As of Friday morning, the number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19  is 453. Of these, 66 samples have since been returned as positive.

The Tobago House of Assembly announced this morning that a healthcare worker at the Scarborough General Hospital tested positive for the virus.

Of the total number of positive cases, 47 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise:

  • 44 positive cases from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together
  • 3 positive cases from the group of nationals who returned from the same cruise separately from the other 68 nationals.

The public was once again reminded that the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has the only lab that is certified to test samples for COVID-19 and therefore, it is the only lab that can confirm positive or negative results of the samples.

Public Health Inspectors will visit various public locations within communities where large gatherings are common (e.g. schools, supermarkets and malls) to advise key representatives on the necessary health care precautions.

The Ministry of Health has also urged the public to practice social distancing, by putting a space between yourself and others.

They ask that members of the public maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of illness.

Social distancing is a tool public health officials recommend to slow the spread of a disease that is being passed from person to person. This means that if persons stay far enough away from each other, the virus cannot spread from one person to another.

Members of the public are also asked to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands properly with soap and water
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Dispose of tissue immediately after using
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms

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