Guyana reports additional COVID-19 deaths in Bartica

Ministry of Health

 As of 18:00hrs on August 19, 2020, Guyana registered its twenty-ninth (29) COVID-19 related death. The Ministry of Health (MOH) regrettably informs that two persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and died at the Bartica Hospital (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Region 7.

The patients who died at the hospital were a male and a female, age 55 and 41, respectively.

The MOH is in contact with all relatives and other contacts to facilitate contact tracing and rapid assistance to everyone who may have been exposed. The Ministry is asking that patient confidentiality be respected, and the families be allowed to mourn in peace.

The Health Ministry expresses sincerest condolences to the family of the recent COVID-19 victims and will make every effort to provide all the necessary support during this difficult time to assist the families in dealing with the situation.

To date the country has recorded 776 confirmed cases of COVID-19 of which 381 has recovered.

Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call the COVID-19 hotline numbers 231 1166, 226 7480 or 180/181 for assistance.

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