A nurse checks a man’s temperature

TEMPERATURE CHECK: A nurse checks a man’s temperature at the entrance of Tijuana’s General Hospital, in Tijuana, Mexico, yesterday. Mexico confirmed its fifth case of the new coronavirus yesterday. 

As of Thursday morning, the Ministry of Health reports the following:

 • Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 = 49

• Number of samples which have tested positive = 0

The public is also advised 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.

The public is urged to disregard and avoid sharing all unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19 (formerly Novel Coronavirus).

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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