Positive COVID-19 cases climb to 185 in Reg. 7

− Five regional hospital staff test positive

  

DPI, Guyana, Friday, August 14, 2020

 

Regional Health Officer (RHO) of Region Seven, Dr. Edward Sagala, in a statement via the region’s official Facebook Page, indicated that the COVID-19 situation in the region is not improving. 

On Thursday, the RHO reported that the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the region is 185. Of this amount, 58 are isolated at home while 13 are in institutional isolation. 

Among the new cases were five members of staff of the Bartica Regional Hospital.

On August 9, 135 cases were reported while 94 test samples were dispatched for processing. Since then, 50 new cases were identified, the total up to the current 185.

Eighteen persons are currently quarantined and being monitored. The RHO said, “this development will no doubt greatly affect our ability to serve the public since persons at the regional hospital function in critical capacities”.

Dr. Sagala has continually appealed to the residents of Bartica and the region at large, to be aware of the severe impact of the COVID-19 virus in the region. However, his calls appear to have been ignored as new cases are reported in the region daily.

Nevertheless, he once again told residents, “to remember to wash and sanitise hands as often as possible, wear a face mask whenever in public, go out only when necessary, practice social distancing and act responsibly at all times”.

 

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