There has been one new death from COVID-19, an elderly female patient with pre-existing health conditions. Her death brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 22.

That’s according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health, in its 10 am report, today.

The Ministry also is reporting 36 new cases of COVID-19, but stresses that they cover the results of samples tested during the period August 23rd to August 29th, 2020.

Other highlights from the Ministry’s update, this morning, include the following:

●  Thirty-six (36) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

● Total number of active COVID-19 cases is now 1,029.

●  Four (4) patients have been discharged.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…


Port-of-Spain, August 31st 2020:   As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard.

The population is reminded to source your information only from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health provides the following clinical update as of the morning of Monday 31st August, 2020:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19.23,530
Number of unique patient tests completed20,608
Number of repeated tests 2,922
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 1,727
Total number of active cases 1,029
Number of deaths 22
Number of persons discharged 676

The thirty-six (36) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 23rd to August 29th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

The Ministry of Health provides the following update: 

The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there is an additional COVID-19 related death. The person is an elderly female with co-morbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 22.

  • Thirty-six (36) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.
  • Four (4) persons have been discharged.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (78)

  • Nine hundred and nine (909) patients are in home isolation under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.
  • Thirty-six (36) new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.
Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility61 [6 (ICU); 9 (HDU)]
Caura Hospital17  

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (6)

Brooklyn Facility, Sangre Grande  0
Balandra  0
Tacarigua  2
UWI, Debe  2
UWI, Canada hall  0
UWI, Freedom hall  0

Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are hospital wards that provide treatment for people who are very ill. They are staffed with health care professionals who are trained in ICU treatment and the use of sophisticated monitoring equipment.

High Dependency Units (HDUs) are wards for people who need more observation, treatment and nursing care than is possible in a general ward but slightly less than that given in an Intensive Care Unit.

An Ambulatory Patient is able to walk about and is not bedridden.

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will continue to update the public via its official communication channels such as:

●  The Ministry of Health’s website (;

●  The Ministry of Communications websites ( and; and

●  The relevant social media pages of these entities (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Please note:

Members of the public are reminded that they must adhere to the ‘New Normal’ recommendations and take the following personal health measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

●   Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public

●   Keep your distance from others (6 feet)

●   Stay home if you are ill

●   Clean then sanitise surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones)

●   Wash your hands often with soap and waters or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

●   Cough into a tissue or into the cook of your elbow

●   Avoid touching your face