Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Health confirms 57 COVID-19 cases

The Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed four additional positive COVID-19 cases.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) up to 57, as of Tuesday afternoon (March 24).

As of this afternoon, the number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 was 353 and the number of samples which have tested positive is 57.

Of the four additional people who have tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon, one is known to have had contact with a person with recent travel history.

The other three are directly imported cases – one patient had a history of recent travel, and two were additional nationals who returned from a cruise but entered the country separately from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the same cruise last week.

Dr Stephanie Fletcher-Lartey, Consultant, CARPHA, explains the different types of transmission and how they are defined.

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.

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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 two metres (six 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

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have recently travelled outside of Trinidad and Tobago, or have come into close contact with someone who has travelled internationally, please self-quarantine and call your nearest public health facility.

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