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Montrose Gov’t Primary closed, SEA students and parents asked to quarantine

The Montrose Government Primary School is the latest school to announce the closure of its doors today due to exposure to a Covid-19 patient.

Acting County Medical Officer of Health Dr Jeanine St Bernard informed the principal Arifta Seepersad today that the school should be closed immediately to ‘prevent the spread of Covid-19 through the school population of Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students’.

Photo: A school is sanitised as a preventative measure for Covid-19.

The Ministry of Health advised ‘parents and household members of these students […] to be quarantined to effectively stop the ongoing transition’ of the novel coronavirus. Seepersad was also urged to go into quarantine if he was ‘in close contact with students’.

Today, the Office of the Prime Minister confirmed that a child and staff member tested positive at the St Jude’s School for Girls while the Maraval RC, Tacarigua Presbyterian and St Augustine South Government Primary School were also closed recently after similar concerns.

At present, Trinidad and Tobago has diagnosed 180 positive cases since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic while there are 40 active patients.

In the past 14 days, the twin island republic has had 30 infections with no recent travel history, which is an indication of local spread.

Local infections of Covid-19 in first wave (27 March to 26 April)

  • 50 cases in four weeks;

Local infections of Covid-19 in second wave (20 July to 2 August)

  • 30 cases in two weeks.
Photo: A vendor wears her mask at the Penal Market on 23 April 2020.
(Copyright Ghansham Mohammed/GhanShyam Photography/Wired868)

The Ministry of Health reminds members of the public to:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public;
  • Keep your distance from others (six feet);
  • Stay home if you are ill;
  • Clean then sanitise surfaces, such as tabletops, door knobs and cell phones;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser;
  • Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow;
  • Avoid touching your face.

Persons are urged to call Covid-19 hotline numbers: 800-WELL (Trinidad) and 800-HEAL (Tobago) if they feel unwell; or they can report a possible breach of Covid-19 regulations by calling 555, or sending messages—inclusive of photographs and videos—to the Police App or via Whats App to 482-GARY.

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