Coronavirus: Two more confirmed cases, taking the tally to 10 locally
The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reporting that two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the island.
In a release on Sunday, the ministry said latest development came through results from the National Influenza Centre, where 19 tests were conducted over the last 24 hours. Seventeen those cases came back negative.
One of the new cases was identified through contact tracing relating to the index case (Patient 1), while the second patient presented at hospital with a travel history to Trinidad and Tobago, and had symptoms similar to COVID-19. Both persons were isolated and samples collected and tested.
The 17 other patients who tested negative, included persons who are from Kingston and St Andrew, St Ann and Clarendon, and who were identified through contact tracing from confirmed cases, were taken through a similar protocol to have them isolated and tested.
Up to Saturday, March 14, 27 patients were in isolation facilities locally, said the ministry. The patients said to be in stable condition, including patients 1 and 2, who no longer have symptoms of the coronavirus.
The ministry said the patients whose test results were negative are to be released shortly.
The ministry reminded member of the public who suspect that they have had exposure to COVID-19 and are displaying symptoms, to self-isolate themselves immediately and contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness at 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683) or 888-754-7792 for further instructions.