As of yesterday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Guyana has surpassed the 500-mark.
The total now stands at 509, following reports from the Ministry of Public Health that 12 more persons have tested positive for the virus.
The Ministry has also reported that three more persons have recovered from COVID-related illnesses to take that total to 189. Deaths remain at 22.
Meanwhile, reports coming out of Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) have indicated a spike in cases.
Regional Health Officer (RHO) of Region Seven, Dr. Edward Sagala, confirmed that the number of cases in the region has soared passed 100.
“As a result of the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in Batavia Village, a seven-member team visited the area on August 3, 2020, to conduct further screening and testing,” Dr. Sagala stated.
The team also visited Kartabo and Agatash on August 3 and River’s View, Iteballi and Karrau Creek on August 4.
A total of 76 tests were conducted during the August 3-4 period, yielding an increase of eight cases, thereby pushing the total cases in the region to 104; inclusive of two deaths as of August 4, 2020.
According to Dr. Sagala, the Health Emergency Operations Committee (HEOC) recently identified Bartica as a high-risk location for COVID-19 in Region Seven after data showed that persons who tested positive had contact with the area.
“Persons who tested positive for the disease have had contact with the community in one way or another. We continue to remind residents of the region not to let your guard down,” the RHO emphasised.
He also reminded residents to observe all COVID-19 precautions and to be responsible.
Visits to Wineperu, St. Mary’s Quarry and Issano Landing have been planned this week to conduct screening and testing, as part of the health team’s response of COVID-19 in the region.