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More backlogged tests cleared; 207 new COVID cases

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More backlogged tests cleared; 207 new COVID cases

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Barbados recorded 207 new positive COVID-19 results for February 13, 2021 from 1 222 tests conducted by the Best dos Santos Laboratory.

The new cases comprise 97 males and 110 females. Three of them were people who were previously sent to Harrison Point Isolation Facility in St Lucy for assessment to determine whether their positive PCR test result showed they were newly positive or had COVID-19 in the past and were no longer infectious.

An additional 46 people were sent to Harrison Point for assessment, while six were released from isolation and 23 discharged.

Of the 204 other cases, 198 were Barbadians and the other six held non-Barbados identification.

The test results cover a range of dates and 112 of the positive cases are for the period February 1 to 7, 2021. Test results were slow recently because of the inability to obtain a critical reagent. This required lab technicians to use manual extraction which made the process longer and created a new backlog. A supply of the critical reagent is now in Barbados and the laboratory is in the process of clearing the backlog and becoming up to date.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic offered his deepest condolences to the grieving family of an 80-year-old Trinidadian national who passed away at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility on February 13.

As with many previous cases, the woman suffered comorbidities. Her death is the 24th attributed to COVID in Barbados and came at a time when there was also an increase in positive test results.

To date, Barbados recorded 2 268 confirmed cases – 1 003 females and 1 265 males – and 1 639 persons recovered.

The public health laboratory completed 114 028 tests since February 2020. (PR/SAT)