Tobago records first positive COVID-19 case in 30days

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Tobago records first positive COVID-19 case in 30days

Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development said: “We are a long way from winning this war on COVID-19. Fear and worry have continued to fatigue us, but individual understanding and action are of far greater use to us now.

At this stage vaccination is critical to the long-term solution. We must ignore the noise, fake news and misinformation on the vaccine. I urge every person living in Tobago to take the vaccine and be part of the solution.

This first case, that we know of, after 30 days, shows how vulnerable we are at a moment’s notice. The Tobago public has been observing the protocols, now we just need to go one step forward and get vaccinated. Be practical, be proactive and be vaccinated. “

The Secretary also lauded the country’s management of the COVID-19 crisis: “We have been fortunate that our actions have kept this country safer than most. Yes, the economic fallout has been great, but every life lost is a pain that we should not have to endure.  Our detractors too have been kept safe by the actions of the Government and Tobago House of Assembly. Let’s trust in the decision to get our nation vaccinated and get our lives on track.

The following is the clinical update for Tobago as at 27thFebruary 2021, 10:00pm:

Number of new cases = 1
Number of active COVID-19 cases = 1
Number of discharges = 0
Number of samples submitted to the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) and other local sites to test for COVID-19 = 2936
Number of samples that tested positive for COVID-19 = 156
Overall 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).