Press Release:- The Ministry of Health and Wellness late Sunday March 7, 2021 received confirmation of 5 new cases of COVID -19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory from a batch of 66 samples.
The samples were taken during the period March 4, 2021 to March 6, 2021.
The Ezra Long Laboratory processed these samples on March 6, 2021.
The five individuals were assessed and tested for COVID-19 at various community respiratory clinics.
In -keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners awaiting the return of their test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place these new cases into isolation.
The contact tracing for these five individuals is underway.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 3871.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 3 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 255.
At present, two of the active cases are requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health also received a report of one COVID-19 related death bringing the total number of deaths in country to 46.
Death #46 is a 71 year old male from the Vieux -Fort district with underlying medical illnesses.
The individual passed away whilst in care.
The Ministry of Health extends condolences to the family and loved ones of this gentleman during this difficult time.
As we commence the start of the week and continue vaccination of individuals in Phase 1A and 1B, individuals are encouraged to visit the vaccination clinics scheduled for the week in the various communities around the island.
Everyone is reminded to continue practicing the infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
- Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
- Maintain a physical distance from others
- 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, keep away from others and seek medical care
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.