AS the number of Covid-19 cases continues to climb daily in Trinidad and Tobago, a staff member and a child at the St Jude’s School for Girls have tested positive for the virus, while the Montrose Government Primary School has been ordered closed after a pupil was exposed to a contact of a Covid-19 case.
The country recorded nine new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the tally to 182.
In a statement yesterday, the Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) said health protocols have been implemented to ensure the health and well-being of the children and staff who reside and work on the compound.
It noted that parents, guardians and caregivers of the residents are being notified of the situation and the protocols in place, which include sanitisation of the facility and the cessation of all external activities and visits to the compound.
The school’s management has also identified a designated team, which includes a registered nurse, who will remain on-site to ensure continued operations and monitoring over the next 14 days.
The St Jude’s School for Girls continues to observe the Ministry of Health guidelines, which include regular washing of hands or use of hand sanitiser; sanitisation of surfaces and wearing of face masks by staff and children, the release stated.
The Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) and the Children’s Authority said they will work together towards the safety and well-being of all the children and staff at the facility.
With regard to the Montrose Government Primary School the office of the County Medical Officer of Health in Caroni gave instructions to the principal to close the school due to exposure to a contact of a Covid-19 case.
In the letter to the principal from the CMOH she outlined that the children who are preparing for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) at the school need to be quarantined as children are known to share common areas.
In light of this latest development the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) is calling for primary schools to be closed with immediate effect.
TTUTA said the Education Ministry must provide teachers and pupils with devices and connectivity to enable preparation for the SEA online.
“No child’s life, no educator’s life is worth the risk of being in public places for the sake of any examination,” the union said.
Fire officer tests positive
And at yesterday’s National Security news briefing Minister Stuart Young confirmed that a fire officer had tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of last week, but did not give further details on the matter.
Young said he was also made aware about the prison officer who tested positive and was in constant contact with the prisons commissioner.
“I was at the prisons on Friday doing the largest passing out and I want to keep the prisons free of Covid and we will do all that we have to so that’s on the prison side. We have also had a number of police officers tested as well so I have been on the phone constantly with the commissioner of police.
“The Ministry of Health is working with everyone with respect to these issues and we will continue to do so responsibly and they have the full support of the Ministry of National Security,” Young added.
Four of the new Covid-19 cases are contacts of recently positive cases while the other five cases are pending epidemiological investigation. The ministry will host a virtual news conference at 11 a.m. today.