January 31, 2023



Wisroc and Block 22 deemed potential COVID -19 hotspot

Active cases in Region 10 stand at 23

Region 10 Health Officials are concerned that COVID-19 positive cases, continue to spike on the Wismar shore, particularly in the communities of Block 22 and Wisroc, as residents are not adhering to the necessary COVID-19 measures. To date, 309 residents of Region 10 were tested and 119 of these were positive. There have been 95 recoveries, with 23 active cases in the region. Communities with active cases are:

Block 227
Old Kara1
Old England1
West Watooka2
Chinese Association/ Bosai1
Amelia’s Ward3

Regional Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Harris, said that contact tracing is currently being done in Bosai Minerals Group Guyana (BMGG), after a Chinese employee was tested positive. BMGG has over 600 workers.
Out of the 23 active cases, eight are in home isolation, while 15 are in institutional isolation. The Upper- Demerara Hospital is the main isolation facility in Region

RHO – Dr. Gregory Harris

Ten. Harris revealed that Health Officials continue to experience challenges with persons refusing to be institutionalized. Last Saturday, he said a patient who tested positive, scaled the UDH’s fence, while her husband bullied the security guard and other personnel. Another individual he said was refusing to get on the ambulance after she was identified as being in contact with a positive patient. Harris said in cases like these the intervention of the police is sought, when patients are refusing to cooperate.
He expressed concern with the cavalier attitude residents of Region 10 are demonstrating in their daily activities. “If we observe around the market area, we would observe our own Lindeners walking around without mask, so compliance is a big thing, we need to have everyone on board…..” he said.
AFC Councillor Norris King said that the police in Linden are not playing their role in enforcing the curfew measures, as he is aware of several concept parties that are being held, particularly on the Wismar shore, where several Police Officers are present.
The Regional Officials are calling on all and sundry to play their role in flattening the COVID- 19 curve. To date, two persons from Region 10 have died from COVID-19.