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UPDATES: COVID Management May 6, 2021

UPDATES: COVID Management May 6, 2021
Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic. (GP)

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Key points and live updates from the COVID-19 media conference featuring Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic and Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George.

 

Dr Kenneth George

  • 733 tests – 14 positive 6 male 8 females
  • 4 from Psychiatric Hospital
  • 50 cases – 49 male, 1 female, 2 staff
  • Investigating St George Primary and Princess Margaret
  • Linked to two extended family clusters
  • St George tested and first test was negative. Waiting to perform second test on May 8.
  • Children there are doing home schooling
  • Single exposure at Princess Margaret 5 Upper 1, 5 Upper 2 Class
  • 58 contacts from that single case
  • 2 are “very close” contacts in quarantine and will be tested today.
  • All students in both classes will be tested.
  • A list of teachers was also provided
  • These cases are linked from an extended family. Several positive cases were identified and are being managed at Harrison Point
  • A single case popped up on another ward at the Psychiatric Hospital
  • 30 staff members who may have been exposed.
  • All are in quarantine at a hotel
  • Outbreak mainly with clients and only a few staff

 

Jeffrey Bostic

  • The positivity average for today is just above 2%
  • Still trending in the right direction
  • We do not have a problem at the two schools even though we have concerns.
  • It is a family cluster that has spread into the two schools.
  • Similar to what happened at Ellerslie School a few months ago.
  • We have taken all of the public health measures and applied the same experience from Ellerslie to deal with this.
  • Contact tracing started at Princess Margaret.
  • Two teachers were tested, three more to be tested based on exposure to the positive case.
  • Staff of Princess Margaret can be tested on Saturday.
  • It is not an outbreak.
  • No need to panic, we will continue in the same vein.
  • We will take further action as it is required.
  • No need for further action in the schools or in the country.
  • Taking the vaccine and allowing us to reach herd immunity is the ultimate in public health measures.
  • Members of the teachers’ unions expressed some concerns
  • No reason not to have face-to-face classes