-As Region 10 now has 16 active cases
Despite the community of Moblissa is geographically located in Region Four, the Region 10 COVID -19 task force, is conducting a number of tests in the community, following the death of a 74- year-old woman. The woman, Estella Williams, succumbed at the Upper-Demerara Hospital on Thursday. Eleven of her family members have also tested positive for COVID-19. Regional Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Harris, said that 49 tests were conducted in Moblissa over the last week.
Those tested positive however, are being recorded as Region Four cases, but some of the patients are admitted at the Upper-Demerara Hospital. With schools slated to reopen on Monday, the Region 10 Department of Education announced that all students residing on the Linden Soesdyke Highway and attending school in Region 10, will have to be tested, before returning to school.
Region 10 has 16 active cases. Three of these cases are from communities up the Upper- Demerara River. Communities with active cases include Amelia’s Ward, Coomacka, One Mile, Blue-Berry Hill, Half Mile, Republic Avenue and Constabulary Compound.
On Friday, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony, presented a ventilator and an oxygen concentrator to the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH).
Dr. Anthony complimented the Region on the overall management of its health services, while stating he wanted to find solutions to challenges hampering care.
“We are all here to serve and I think health is one of those areas where we all need to combine our efforts to make sure that the general public receives those services,” Dr. Anthony said.
Regional Health Officer Dr. Gregory Harris said the Region is grateful for the equipment and it will indeed increase its capacity in providing the needed care to COVID-19 patients. “It increases our capacity to treat or care for COVID cases, thus it will reduce the number of referrals that we would send to Georgetown, so it actually puts the region at a better place,” Harris said.