As of the morning of Sunday April 5th, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:
Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 797
- Number of samples which have tested positive 104
- Number of deaths 7
- Number of persons discharged 1
The Ministry of Health provides the following update:
One additional person has tested positive for COVID-19 - Pending epidemiological investigation.
One additional death (in Tobago) has been confirmed – elderly male with pre-existing medical condition.
Of the total number of positive cases, 49 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise:
46 positive cases from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together
3 positive cases from the group of nationals who returned from the same cruise separately from the other 68 nationals. The Ministry of Health reminds the public that COVID-19 can be spread by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the novel coronavirus. It is important to regularly sanitise commonly touched surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, door knobs and trolleys). If dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to sanitization. A simple solution of 1/3 cup of household bleach to one gallon of water is quite effective.
In a statement this morning, the Tobago health authority also disclosed the death, stating:
The Secretary, Administrator and staff of the Division of Health Wellness and Family Development and the Board, Executive Management team and staff of the Tobago Regional Health Authority express sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
As at Sunday 05th April, 2020, 10:00am, updates on COVID-19 in Tobago are as follows:
• Number of samples submitted to Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory to test for COVID-19 = 74
• Number of samples that tested positive = 3
• Number of deaths = 1
• Number of persons who completed quarantine at the Division’s quarantine facilities = 19
• Number of remaining persons at the Division’s quarantine facilities = 43
It is important to note that the persons who completed quarantine at the Division’s quarantine facilities have not exhibited any flu-like symptoms. They have been in quarantine for the total incubation period of COVID-19 (14 days) and they have been monitored by health officials twice daily. As guided the World Health Organisation’s policy, those persons are now deemed safe to return to society, without the risk of infecting persons.