Regional Health Officer of Region 7, Dr. Edward Sagala, has rejected rumours of there being confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bartica.
Dr. Sagala also wishes to caution persons to avoid or desist from travelling to all mining camps as they remain at a high risk.
According to Dr. Sagala, there are presently two Guyanese citizens, who, because of their travel history, have been placed in institutional isolation out of an abundance of caution.
Dr. Sagala said tests have been done and the Department of Health is awaiting the results; the isolation period is normally 14 days.
He said that five persons who have tested positive for the disease from Aranka in the Cuyuni have since been transferred to Georgetown.
The Regional Health Officer added, “We continue to monitor the situation very closely and the citizenry will be updated as we proceed.”
He continued, “We wish to remind everyone that there is no place for complacency. Please continue to observe all precautionary measures that our Regional (COVID-19) Health Emergency Committee has been advertising. That is social distancing, washing of hands, wearing face masks and staying at home.”
The Regional Health Emergency Committee said it will endeavor to release information to the general public, in regard to the COVID-19 situation every 48 hours.