The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 2 of the 6 Delta cases identified in T&T were fully vaccinated persons. The MOH also clarified that as per existing quarantine protocols, all persons provided negative PCR tests (which were taken 72-hours prior to arrival).
The 4 unvaccinated cases were placed in state supervised quarantine immediately upon their arrivals to Trinidad, according to the national Quarantine Protocols for Passengers Entering Trinidad and Tobago.
The 2 fully vaccinated individuals who were later confirmed to be carrying the Delta variant would have also been placed in isolation as soon as the positive COVID-19 test result was received (prior to confirmation of the COVID-19 Delta Variant.
The MOH also specified that it usually takes 2-3 weeks of genomic sequencing to confirm the variant in question, but the persons would have been quarantined before that was confirmed.
These patients are placed in isolation until they met the enhanced discharge criteria for persons with COVID-19 Variants of Concern.This protocol includes the isolation and testing of the positive case and quarantining and testing of all known contacts. The persons continue to be under the close surveillance of the relevant County Medical Officer of Health.
The MOH continues to also advise that even person who return to the country, test negative and are asymptotic to isolate themselves and restrict movement for at least seven days as an additional precaution.