Guests and staff at the Tropikist Hotel and Resort in Crown Point, Tobago were placed under quarantine yesterday as a traveller from Trinidad staying at the hotel, tested positive for COVID-19.
Police and soldiers were keeping guard at the entrance of the hotel as health officials began carrying out swab tests on guests.
The hotel issued a memo to all guests yesterday, saying that all in-house dining has been suspended until further notice. It added that guests can still have meals delivered to their rooms by placing orders at the front desk.
Approximately 200 people are affected by the lockdown.
According to a statement by the Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA) Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, the person travelled to Tobago from Trinidad.
The Division said, the person was tested in Trinidad as part of the on-going community surveillance testing, but journeyed to Tobago before the results were received. While in Tobago the results returned positive. As such, the individual was immediately isolated.
The Division said the person is stable and currently receiving treatment at the COVID-19 Treatment Facility at Fort King George, while contact tracing was on-going.
Primary contacts have also been quarantined and were being tested for COVID-19 yesterday as well.
This case represented the island’s sixth and the first in over four months.
On another issue circulating in the public domain, the release said, the Office of the County Medical Officer of Health received a report of a passenger who arrived in Tobago on the Inter-island ferry on August 08, 2020, exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The individual was medically examined and was not found to be exhibiting any flu-like symptoms.
The Division and the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) assures the public that all procedures and protocols are in place for COVID-19, but the public is reminded that COVID-19 is not over, so everyone should ensure they practice all preventative measures.
Four new COVID cases were announced by the Ministry of Health yesterday. Three were contacts of recently positive COVID-19 patients and one case was pending epidemiological investigation.
T&T’s COVID cases stood at 279 yesterday. A total of 10,722 were done.
– ↓With reporting by Casandra Thompson-Forbes