The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is reminding citizens that it is the only organization that can test samples for COVID-19, since their lab is the only one certified to confirm positive or negative results of the samples.
The news comes as many citizens have been visiting private labs in the country to get tested for the coronavirus, which has already plagued Italy, Canada and the Dominican Republic.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health confirmed that there is no outbreak of the coronovirus in Trinidad and Tobago.
As of this morning, Monday 9 March, 2020, the Ministry reports that 35 samples have been sent to CARPHA for testing and all have returned a negative reading.
The Ministry says it will continue to provide accurate information to the public in a timely fashion. The public is therefore urged to disregard and avoid sharing all unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19 (formerly Novel Coronavirus).
The Ministry is urging members of the public to use 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
The Ministry of Health remains committed to delivering quality health care and providing up-to-date and accurate information to the Trinidad and Tobago population.