Region Ten strengthening efforts to curb COVID-19 cases
– following increase in active cases
Region Ten Regional Chairman, Mr. Deron Adams says the increase in the Region’s active COVID-19 cases is a worry and has spurred the administration to boost its effort to curb the disease’s transmission.
Mr. Adams told DPI today that while implementing an awareness and educational campaign saw a massive decrease in the numbers, that changed during the last few weeks.
To this end, the Regional Chairman urges residents to adhere to the guidelines outlined by the Ministry of Health.
“If the residents continue the way we are, operating as though we are not in a pandemic, then we will have another spike in COVID-19 cases. We, at the administration, do not want that to be a reality,” he said.
Recently, a staffer from the One Mile health centre tested positive, which led to the facility being sanitised. Mr. Adams said he had been concerned that other staff members may have been exposed to the disease, and they contacted the regional health officials.
However, Regional Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Harris, has given assurances about the staff’s safety.
“This staff had indeed tested positive for COVID-19 and had to be in insolation for two weeks as outlined by the Ministry of Health. At this moment, there are no other positive cases from the health centre,” Dr. Harris said.
The RHO said his department would monitor the health centre and other health facilities closely to safeguard them. That includes intensifying testing capacity and distributing educational material about Covid and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies.
Meanwhile, the RHO says there is no shortage of PPEs in the Region.
Communities such as Aroaima, Canvas City, Central Mackenzie, Amelia’s Ward, Half Mile, Wisroc, Three Friends Mines, Blueberry Hill, Kwakwani, Christianburg, Retrieve, Block 22, One Mile, Kara, Coomacka Mines, Wismar, and Silvertown are hotspots in the Region. The Region had recorded 608 Covid cases up to Friday.