Ninety-one new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 602 samples processed on Friday September 24, 2021, resulting in a positivity rate of 15.1 per cent.
One new case was detected on entry screening, and another was detected on exit screen. All other cases are contacts of known positive cases and persons seeking care. Flu clinics have recommenced operations and have reported 49 rapid antigen positive results for Friday September 24, 2021.
There are currently 19 patients admitted for COVID-19 at the Argyle Isolation Facility. Eighteen are unvaccinated and one patient is partially vaccinated. Ten patients are admitted to the COVID-19 ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. Nine are unvaccinated and the vaccination status of one patient is awaiting confirmation.
Eleven new recoveries were noted over the reporting period. Nine hundred and forty cases are currently active and 17 persons with COVID-19 have died. Three thousand three hundred and thirty-eight cases of COVID-19 and 2381 recoveries have been recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines since March 2020.
In view of the confirmed presence of the Delta, Mu and Gamma variants in the community and the significant increase in the number of new infections, transmission, severe COVID-19 disease and deaths, strict enforcement and compliance with all protocols and recommendations by everyone is strongly recommended. The correct and consistent use of masks, avoidance of crowds, physical distancing, proper hand sanitizing and immunization with available vaccines have all been proven to significantly reduce the risk of being infected, getting sick and or dying from the COVID-19 virus.