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Lab clearing backlog of COVID tests

Lab clearing backlog of COVID tests

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The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory reported 114 positive cases of COVID-19, which include results from samples collected between January 29 and February 12, 2021.

With the appropriate reagent now in place, the laboratory is in the process of clearing the backlog created due to the temporary use of manual extraction in the processing of samples.

These results were identified from among 2 720 tests conducted by the lab on February 12.

There were 29 recoveries, which bring the number of active cases to 422.  Two people passed away from COVID-19, a 45-year-old Trinidadian woman and a 75-year-old Barbadian woman, both with pre-existing non-communicable diseases. The Trinidadian passed on Thursday, February 11, but was inadvertently omitted from the total. The death toll from the viral illness is now 23.

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The 114 cases comprise 60 women and 54 men. Four of them were already at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility in St Lucy undergoing assessment to determine whether their positive PCR test result showed that they were newly positive, or had COVID-19 in the past and were no longer infectious. The other 110 cases include 109 Barbadians.

The number of people diagnosed as positive at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds remains at 363. Of this, 361 recovered and the remaining two inmates are included in the active cases.

To date, Barbados recorded 2 061 confirmed cases – 893 females and 1 168 males – and 1 616 persons have recovered.

The public health laboratory completed 112 556 tests, since February 2020. (BGIS)