Sixth COVID-19 case in Bartica confirmed

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday June 30, 2020

According to a release from the Regional Health Officer (RHO) of Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Dr. Edward Sagala another individual from the mining town of Bartica has now tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Wednesday last, Bartica recorded its first resident to test positive for COVID-19, after which four family contacts of the individual including a three-year-old child who also tested positive.

This prompted another sixteen individuals including healthcare workers to also be tested. Of sixteen, one test result returned positive, presenting a total of now six COVID-19 positive cases, in less than a week for Bartica.

“The total number of positive cases in the entire Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region now stands at 37, most of which were recorded out of Aranka, making our region second only to the Barima-Waini Region,” Dr. Sagala stated.

The RHO said that residents of Bartica appear to be carefree and casual toward the pandemic.

“Simply put, most residents seem not to care. This virus is not going away anytime soon, as many may want to believe. It has no respect for age, sex or sexuality, economic standing, etc. It kills!” he warned.

Dr. Segala again urged all residents to stay safe and to observe all the advisories being constantly provided to the community from the Department of Health.

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