Press Release:– Today Sunday February 21, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of the diagnosis of 57 new cases of COVID-19.
These results are from a batch of 268 samples taken during the period February 1 to February 17, 2021.
February 18, 2021: a total of 187 tests conducted with 55 positive samples
February 19, 2021: a total of 81 tests conducted with 2 positive samples
Today confirmation was also received of the recovery of 141 individuals who were in care.
This brings the total number of active cases currently recorded in country to date to 428.
Two of the active cases presently require critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
All of these individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were
assessed and tested for COVID-19.
In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, healthcare practitioners placed each of these individuals in home quarantine while awaiting the return of their test results.
Arrangements have been made for the placement of these individuals into isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 3135.
Today the Ministry of Health also reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total
number of deaths in country to date to 32.
Death #32 is an 83 year old male from the Anse La Raye district with underlying medical illness.
The Ministry of Health expresses sympathies to the family and loved ones of this gentleman.
The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to once again emphasize on the importance of
practicing the behaviors to minimize the spread of COVID-19:
– Wash your hands during the day 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.