The following is an update since the press release of October 13th. An additional 24 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. They are as follows:
All persons are under isolation and contact tracing and investigations are ongoing.
There have been three additional hospital admissions since the last release, bringing the total number of current hospitalizations to five. All have underlying risk conditions for severe COVID- 19:
Twenty-seven persons have recovered. The total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020 is 668 with 80 active cases at this time.
Recall that COVID-19 is often more severe in people 60 years and older or with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart or lung disease, or conditions that affect their immune system. These recent developments are an illustration of the foregoing. Furthermore, the risk of severe COVID-19 (including death) increases as the number of underlying medical conditions increases in a person, and more so if unvaccinated. Therefore, persons with underlying risk factors for severe COVID-19, especially if unvaccinated, are advised to avoid social gatherings to minimize personal risk at this time.
Be reminded that those who have been placed under quarantine or isolation must remain separated from other individuals at all times until they are cleared to resume normal activities by the Quarantine Authority. The Ministry of Health asks that persons appreciate the importance of the testing protocols and follow the instructions of the members of the health team. Additionally, persons are asked to allow a 24to 48-hour turnaround time for results.
It is also of paramount importance for anyone experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID- 19 such as flu-like symptoms, cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell… to isolate immediately and call the Ministry’s hotlines 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND. Out of an abundance of caution, anyone experiencing these symptoms should not report to work until cleared to do so by the Ministry of Health.
If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call the Ministry’s hotlines at 476- 7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND.
The wearing of masks in indoor public spaces is currently mandated in public health regulations with a penalty for breaches. Additionally, those living in multigenerational households and households with unvaccinated persons should consider mask wearing inside the homes in addition to hygienic precautions. This is especially crucial in cases where persons are experiencing symptoms, regardless of how mild.
In addition to minimizing the number of people gathering in your home, private indoor social gatherings involving unvaccinated minors such as sleepovers and parties are strongly discouraged at this time.
The Ministry of Health reminds the public to continue practicing hygienic measures to protect against COVID-19. These include
Questions or concerns can be directed to the Ministry’s hotlines at 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND. The Ministry of Health will continue to provide timely updates through our media partners, our official Facebook page or at www.beatcovid19.ai.