Three new cases of viral illness
Laboratory results from tests conducted on Monday, October 5, have shown that three women have tested positive for COVID-19 after their second tests. This brings the island’s total number of confirmed cases to 203.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement they are an asymptomatic 19-year-old Jamaican who arrived on a CAL flight on September 26; an asymptomatic 29-year-old Barbadian who arrived on Virgin Atlantic on October 3, as well as a 42-year-old Guyanese who arrived on September 25, on a Trans Guyana flight. She is symptomatic with headaches and sinus drip. Due to these cases, there are now 14 people in isolation.
A total of 544 tests were conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory, the highest number ever performed on any given day. Due to the volume, the results, which should have been published on Tuesday, October 6, were delayed, the Ministry said.
The tests included people identified through contact tracing linked to the most recent cluster, as well as students and staff of The Ellerslie School. Testing related to the school remains ongoing. Since February, the lab has performed 25 393 tests.
No one will be discharged from the isolation facility at Harrison Point, St. Lucy, today. (BGIS)