Trinidad and Tobago has recorded its first COVID-19 related death.
This news was confirmed by the Minister of Health, Terrance Deyalsingh in the following statement.
The number of COVID-19 cases stands at sixty (60) as of 8:00 PM Wednesday 25th March 2020.
Of the 60 total cases, 58 positive COVID-19 cases have been imported, two (2) are considered local spread/transmission due to spread from an imported case onto a close contact and there are no community spread/transmission cases.
This means that in fifty-eight (58) cases, the patients contracted the illness outside of Trinidad and Tobago and flew home before showing symptoms.
Forty-four (44) of these positive cases came from a group of nationals who recently returned from the Costa Favolosa Cruise, most of whom were quarantined at Camp Balandra. Forty-one (41) of the cases came from Camp Balandra quarantined group, while three returned separately to Trinidad and Tobago.
CNC3 News first reported the confirmation of T&T’s first death.
According to reports, this patient was a 77-year-old male and had tested positive for COVID-19. The patient had pre-existing conditions and was warded at the Couva Hospital, where he passed on March 25th, 2020.
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/or develops a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties and/or acute diarrhea, do the following:
- 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.
- Contact your area health center, giving them details of your recent travel or exposure and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
- Do avoid visiting private institutions and doctors’ offices.
In Trinidad, you can also call the COVID-19 hotline, 877-WELL (9355). In Tobago, anyone suffering from flu-like symptoms can call 211 for help. Remember, if it is an emergency, call 811 for ambulance services.
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.