4 more unvaccinated persons succumb to COVID-19

…123 new cases detected
– 9 pregnant women being monitored

Deaths continue to rise as a result of COVID-19, with four more persons succumbing to the virus as of Monday. The status of these persons was listed as unvaccinated.
This has contributed to Guyana’s death toll rising to 687 – 62 of which are for the month of September thus far.
The Ministry stated that the victims were admitted with COVID-19 like symptoms but died while receiving care at medical institutions. Samples were taken at the time of admission which subsequently returned positive tests.
The fatalities are four females: a 78-year-old from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and an 87-year-old from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) who died on September 13; and a 62-year-old from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and a 46-year-old from Region Three, who died on September 12.
However, new statistics showed that in one day, a total of 123 new positive cases were detected, thus taking the confirmed cases in Guyana to 28,099.
There are 26 patients seeking treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, 153 in institutional isolation, 3011 in home isolation and 16 in institutional quarantine. In total, 24,222 persons recovered completely.
Since the start of the pandemic, 288,782 individuals were tested – of which 14,463 males and 14,636 females were positive.
The Ministry also stated that there are 129 hospitalised cases across the country: 11 at the West Demerara Regional Hospital; seven at the Mahaicony Hospital; five at New Amsterdam Hospital; three at Bartica Hospital; two at Wismar Hospital and 92 at the Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Nine maternal cases are being monitored at the Georgetown Public Hospital and six at the Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Responding to reports of the Ocean View facility being understaffed, Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony said, “As far as I am aware, we do have adequate staffing for the number of patients that we have at the facility. We have a complement of doctors, other medical personnel who are required to be there like physiotherapists and laboratory people and so forth. Of course, we have nursing staff. We have a full complement of staffers at the Ocean View facility.”
In Guyana, 334,333 persons or 65.2 per cent of adults have taken their first doses; with 173,999 or 33.9 per cent taking both doses.
Vaccination figures show first dose uptake at 73.6 per cent in Region One (Barima-Waini), 54.2 per cent in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 61.6 per cent in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 71.9 per cent in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), 64.1 per cent in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), 68.1 per cent in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), 65.5 per cent for Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), 42.8 per cent for Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), 65.5 per cent for Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 26.3 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or needs any additional information, they are asked to contact the COVID-19 Hotline 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy
All Guyanese are reminded to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 emergency measures which emphasise the need for correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving your home; the importance of maintaining the six feet physical distance from others; and the need for good hand hygiene.