Press Release:– The Ministry of Health and Wellness today Saturday May 8, 2021 received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 17 new cases of COVID-19.
These results are from a batch of 349 samples taken during the period May 5, 2021 to May 7, 2021.
The samples were processed on May 7, 2021.
All of these individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were
assessed and tested for COVID-19.
In keeping with the COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting the return of their test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place these individuals into isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is currently underway.
Confirmation was also received today of the recovery of 6 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
This brings the total number of active cases currently recorded in country to date to 147.
Presently, all of the active cases are doing well.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4671.
The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce that as of yesterday May 7, 2021 a total of 25, 200 individuals have received the first dose of the vaccine and 13, 148 individuals have received the second dose of the vaccine.
In the coming week May 10, 2021 to May 15, 2021 the health team will administering the COVID-19 vaccine at various vaccination sites around the island catering to the general population for the first dose of the vaccine as well individuals receiving the second dose of the vaccine.
The Ministry of Health continues to emphasize on the importance of practicing the infection
prevention and control measures to minimize 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
– 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.