Trinidad: Cleared of coronavirus but student to stay quarantined

Trinidad: Cleared of coronavirus but student to stay quarantined

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A national of Trinidad and Tobago who returned from China last Friday has tested negative for the coronavirus (Covid-19).

This was confirmed yesterday by Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Health Secretary Dr Agatha Carrington.

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) student, of Louis D’Or, Tobago, was taken to Scarborough General Hospital for isolation and investigation after routine medical checks on Sunday revealed that the individual developed a low-grade fever.

Samples from the student were rushed to Trinidad to be tested at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory and Carrington said the results returned negative yesterday.

“Arrangements are now being made to return the student to her home in Louis D’Or where she will be self-quarantined. The situation is under control, all protocols are being observed and there is no reason for alarm,” Carrington said.

Family members have been relocated

Since the student’s arrival in Tobago, she was quarantined at the ANR Robinson International Airport and then quarantined at home alone under 24/7 security watch.

All family members were relocated from the home before her arrival and they have had no physical contact with her.

Additionally, THA health officials had been monitoring the individual’s health at home daily, using the appropriate personal protective equipment.

“The Division of Health wishes to inform and assure the public that all protocols and procedures have been initiated to manage the individual and that all healthcare providers are using the appropriate personal protective equipment,” said a THA news release.

And in keeping with the World Health Organisation’s guidelines for quarantine, the student will continue to be monitored for the remaining nine days.

She will be self-quarantined at home under 24/7 security watch, with continued daily monitoring by health officials.


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