Region 10 residents not adhering to COVID-19 guidelines – RHO
Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has recorded 581 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to statistics from the Regional Health Department as at February 3, 2021. So far, 2051 persons have been tested within the region, which currently has a total of 28 active cases and nine related deaths. There have been 547 recoveries within the Region so far.
Regional Health Officer (RHO) Dr Gregory Harris has said the greatest concern presently is having persons adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions which are in place.
“We continue to educate persons. The biggest thing is getting the support from the general public to adhere to the guidelines. The guidelines are there, so persons have to follow the guidelines. But we continue to engage and educate the general public,” Dr Harris has said.
He said the Health Department continues to engage the public by means of sensitisation exercises done through initiatives like radio programmes, walk-abouts and on social media. According to the region’s statistics, three persons are currently hospitalised in institutional quarantine, while two are hospitalised in institutional isolation and one of those persons is from outside the Region. Meanwhile, 26 are in home isolation.
A total of 81 tests have been conducted so far this week.
The RHO and members of the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC’s) Health Department also met with staff of the One Mile Health Centre in Linden, following concerns arising after a staff member attached to the institution tested positive for COVID-19.
In a letter dated Friday January 29, 2021, Regional Chairman Deron Adams had expressed concern over the health and welfare of the staff at the healthcare facility who may have been exposed. The letter was addressed to Dr Harris and copied to Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony and Regional Executive Officer Dwight John. Dr Harris has since indicated that all workers attached to the Health Centre were tested and the facility sprayed and sanitised. (G13)