Press Release: Today Wednesday February 17, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 44 new cases of COVID-19.
This is from a batch of 161 tests conducted on samples taken during the period February 1 to February 13, 2021.
All of these cases were seen at various respiratory clinics in the communities where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19.
As per existing COVID-19 testing protocols, they were placed in home quarantine by health care practitioners while awaiting the return of their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have since been made for the placement of all of these confirmed cases into isolation.
The contact tracing team is undertaking investigations to identify the contacts of these confirmed cases.
Confirmation was also received today of the recovery of 88 individuals bringing the total number of active cases currently in country to 233.
Presently, two of the active cases are in critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The Ministry of Health also reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total number of deaths in country to date to 25.
Death #25 is a 78 year old male from the Laborie district with underlying medical illnesses.
The Ministry extends sympathies to the family and loved ones of this individual.
The new cases now bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 2620.
The Ministry of Health asks all to continue practicing the infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
– Frequently wash hands your with flowing water and soap
– Wear a mask when in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, nose and chin
– Maintain a distance from others wherever possible
– Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
– Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important to keep away from others and to urgently seek medical care at your closest community respiratory clinic for assessment.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.