Tobago has no active COVID-19 cases. The last case was discharged from official quarantine care. In the past 20 days no new cases have emerged.
Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Councillor Tracy Davidson-Celestine said: “This does not mean the island is COVID free. This means of those tested, no new cases have presented. So we need to be vigilant, COVID can be and is everywhere. We might be free right now, but we must work to keeping it so.”
The Secretary also pointed out that the frontline staff have worked tirelessly and Tobagonians are playing by the rules and adhering to protocols: “The frontline staff put their lives on the line everyday so we get to go home to our loved ones.”
“We are in a much better place than previous months, but we need to be mindful and continue to observe full protocols, so that we can work towards stamping out this deadly virus,” Davidson-Celestine, reminded the public.
The public is still being encouraged to come forward for testing if anyone shows any symptoms of the virus.
Davidson-Celestine also highlighted that while there isn’t a strain on the system, “We still continue to prepare and build on our systems. Preparation is key and we can never let up.”
On a more upbeat note, the Secretary said “Tobago is open for business and we are a safe destination. Given our relatively small numbers, we can position ourselves as a safe destination that is ready for visitors.”
The current clinical update for Tobago as at Monday 16th November, 2020:
- Number of persons discharged = 1
- Number of samples submitted to the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) and other local sites to test for COVID-19 = 1693
- Number of samples that tested positive for COVID-19 = 106
- Number of active COVID-19 cases = 0 (20 days)
- Number of deaths = 2
The public is reminded to practice all preventative and safety measures, which include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your flexed elbow, or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay at home when you are sick and call the hotline at 800-HEAL (4325).
- Practice physical distancing (6 feet away from persons).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (door handles, cell phones etc.)
If persons have flu-like symptoms, stay at home and call the COVID-19 Hotline, toll free at 800 HEAL (4325).