BREAKING: Second Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in T&T

On Friday 13th March at 7:44 PM, CARPHA informed the Ministry of Health of a positive test result.

The patient is a 66-year-old male with recent travel history (less than 14 days ago).

The patient presented at a public health facility on Thursday 12th March 2020. He was immediately attended to in the Accident and Emergency Department and has been isolated. The Ministry of Health did not disclose which public health facility in their press release.

The relevant County Medical Officer of Health has already initiated contract tracing of all persons who have been in close interaction with the patient.

All persons who may have been exposed will be quarantined.

Ministry of Health Press Release on the 2nd confirmed COVID-19 Case in Trinidad and Tobago
Ministry of Health Press Release on the 2nd confirmed COVID-19 Case in Trinidad and Tobago

What to do if you think you have COVID-19?

If you have traveled to or had close contact with someone who traveled to a country where COVID-19 was present and develops a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties and/or acute diarrhea, do the following:

  1. If you develop a mild cough of low-grade fever (temperature of 37.3 degrees Celcius or more), stay at home and self-isolate. Avoid close contact with family members
  2. Contact your area health center, giving them details of your recent travel or exposure and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
  3. Do avoid visiting private institutions and doctors’ offices.
Persons to call for advice regarding suspected cases of COVID-19
Persons to call for advice regarding suspected cases of COVID-19

Following contact with the Ministry of Health, officers will visit your home for the following:

  • To have samples taken from you for the confirmation of the virus (which will be tested by CARPHA).
  • To assess your symptoms and recommend medication safe to have. It is best to avoid aspirin or aspirin based medication until you are assessed.
  • Arrange transfer to a hospital facility if your condition requires supportive care and management.

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