-Regional Chairman tests positive for COVID-19
The Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region 10) now has 52 active COVID-19 cases. One of the latest positive case, is Regional Chairman Deron Adams. In a statement from the Regional Democratic Council, the April statutory meeting which was to be held on Thursday, was canceled, in light of Adams testing positive. Adams is said to be asymptomatic. Regional Health Officer Dr. Gregory Harris, advised that measures be taken by persons who would have been in contact with the Chairman, including self-quarantining and obtaining tests, if those persons become symptomatic.
Regional Health Officer Dr. Gregory Harris, said that while the response for the COVID-19 vaccine is overwhelming, particularly from the elderly persons, residents are still not adhering to COVID-19 protocols. Over the weekend, eight persons were jointly charged for breaching COVID-19 protocols. These are Jermaine Peters, Shane Bizzeth, Nicoli George, Jacob Williams, Leadre Richards, Dexter Armstrong, Kester Greene and Raylon Adolph. They appeared at the Linden Magistrate Court before Magistrate Wanda Fortune and were fined to 20 hours of community service or one month imprisonment.
Harris said that combatting COVID-19 is not a healthcare responsibility but a personal responsibility and is urging persons to take contracting the virus seriously. There have been reports of several private parties, especially over the Wismar shore. The Regional Task Force continues to meet weekly and will be meeting on Friday, to discuss further measures that should be taken, to bring the numbers back down.
The Regional Health Department in collaboration with the Linden Hospital Complex, has been proactive in the vaccination roll-out programme. On Thursday, another outreach was held at the Linden Enterprise Network, to target persons on the Mackenzie shore who desired to be vaccinated. So far, over 1200 residents of Region 10 have been vaccinated.
Vaccination sites in Region 10 are located at the Amelia’s Ward, One Mile, Christianburg, Vivian Parris and Wisroc Health Centres. The Linden Hospital Complex also remains a main site to be vaccinated.