-11 active cases now recorded
– one more death recorded in the region
Following a robust sensitisation campaign in the Upper Demerara-Berbice Region (Region 10), the COVID-19 figures that were spiraling out of control, resulting in Region 10 being dubbed a hot-spot region and was being closely monitored by the Ministry of Public Health, the active cases have seen a significant decrease, from over 150 cases to 11 cases.
Regional Health Officer Dr. Gregory Harris, related that the Department of Health, in collaboration with the Regional COVID-19 Task Force, aggressively worked over the last couple of weeks, to ensure the spiraling numbers decrease, particularly in the outlying communities. Harris said that health teams were dispersed to the various communities, to sensitise the residents on the importance of following the COVID-19 guidelines. These include wearing a mask correctly, sanitising and washing hands regularly and practising social distancing. The health teams also participated in a ‘give a mask away for Christmas’ campaign, which reaped maximum results. Social media was also used to send out Public Awareness Messages through video productions, posters and other text based material.
Presently, the community of Kwakwani has the highest recorded cases in the region, with three active cases. Other communities with active cases are:
Amelia’s Ward: 2
Canvas City: 1
Wismar Housing Scheme:1
During the week, the region also recorded another death, taking the toll to seven. One person is presently in institutional isolation, one person in institutional quarantine and nine persons are in home isolation. A total of 494 persons have recovered thus far from the virus in Region 10.