PM’s Office confirms COVID positive cases at children’s home

The Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Gen­der and Child Af­fairs Di­vi­sion has con­firmed that per­sons at a chil­dren’s home—St Jude’s Home for Girls—have test­ed pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

The Gen­der and Child Af­fairs Di­vi­sion is giv­ing as­sur­ances that health and safe­ty pro­to­cols, in­clud­ing sani­ti­sa­tion, have been im­ple­ment­ed at the Home, as a re­sult.

In ad­di­tion, the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty is work­ing close­ly with the Di­vi­sion to en­sure a prop­er han­d­line of the sit­u­a­tion at St Jude’s.

The full text of an of­fi­cial state­ment from the PM’s Of­fice, fol­lows…


The Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter (Gen­der and Child Af­fairs) and the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty of Trinidad and To­ba­go are cur­rent­ly work­ing with the Man­age­ment and Staff of the St. Jude’s School for Girls, fol­low­ing two pos­i­tive COVID-19 cas­es at the fa­cil­i­ty.

The Min­istry of Health con­duct­ed the rel­e­vant tests, fol­low­ing re­ports that a child and a staff mem­ber pre­sent­ed with flu-like symp­toms. The School has im­ple­ment­ed all health pro­to­cols to en­sure the health and well­be­ing of the chil­dren and staff, who re­side and work on the com­pound.

Par­ents, guardians and care­givers of the res­i­dents are be­ing no­ti­fied of the sit­u­a­tion and the pro­to­cols in place, which in­clude sani­ti­sa­tion of the fa­cil­i­ty and the ces­sa­tion of all ex­ter­nal ac­tiv­i­ties and vis­its to the com­pound.

The School’s Man­age­ment has al­so iden­ti­fied a des­ig­nat­ed team of staff, which in­cludes a Reg­is­tered Nurse, who will re­main on-site to en­sure con­tin­ued op­er­a­tions and mon­i­tor­ing over the next 14 days.

The St. Jude’s School for Girls con­tin­ues to ob­serve the Min­istry of Health guide­lines, which in­clude reg­u­lar wash­ing of hands or use of hand sani­tis­er; sani­ti­sa­tion of sur­faces and wear­ing of face masks by staff and chil­dren.

The Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter (Gen­der and Child Af­fairs) and the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty will work to­geth­er to­wards the safe­ty and well­be­ing of all the chil­dren and staff at the fa­cil­i­ty.

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