Councillor, Tracy Davidson–Celestine, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development, informs the public that at 5.30 p.m. today, March 23rd, 2020, the first positive case of COVID-19 was recorded in Tobago.
The individual, who is a resident of Trinidad, arrived in Tobago on an international flight on Wednesday 18th March, 2020.
According to a media release sent by the Division, In keeping with their protocols, immediately upon disembarking, the individual was screened by the Port Health Authorities at the ANR Robinson International Airport.
The individual was immediately placed in one of our securedquarantine facilities for a planned period of fourteen (14) days.
Five days later, on March 22nd, 2020, the individual developed symptoms and was admitted to the Scarborough General Hospital.
A sample was taken and rushed to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory to be tested for COVID-19, which has since returned positive.
Given that the individual is unwell, the person will be transferred to Trinidad to undergo additional treatment, as per established protocols.
The Division reminds the public that the implementation ofsimple, preventative measures will reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. These include: