Five additional COVID19 deaths were recorded in St Vincent and the Grenadines between Saturday October 2 and Monday October 4, 2021. The deceased were four women and one man who ranged in age from 39 to 74 years old.
A report from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) said the first of the deceased is a 74-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on admission to the COVID ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on October 2 and died of COVID pneumonia during the afternoon of the same day. The second patient is a 66-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on September 26, 2021, and died at home of complications of COVID-19 on October 2, 2021. The third patient is a 39-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on September 28, 2021 and died on October 3 of COVID-19 pneumonia. The fourth patient is a 54-year-old male with pre-existing conditions who tested positive for COVID-19 on admission to the COVID-19 ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on September 27, 2021 and died of a COVID-19 pneumonia on October 3. The fifth patient is a 56-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1, 2021, was admitted to the COVID-19 ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on October 3 and died of COVID-19 pneumonia on October 4. All of the patients were unvaccinated. Their deaths bring the death toll from COVID-19 to 33.
One hundred (100) COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 536 samples processed on Friday October 1, 2021, resulting in a positivity of 18.7 per cent. Fourteen cases were detected on exit screening. All other cases are contacts of known positive cases and persons seeking care.
There are currently 20 patients admitted for COVID19 at the Argyle Isolation Facility. Eighteen are unvaccinated and two patients are fully vaccinated. Twenty-nine patients are admitted to the COVID-19 wards at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. Twenty-six are unvaccinated and three patients are fully vaccinated.
Twenty-four (24) new recoveries were noted over the reporting period. One thousand and two hundred and twenty-one (1221) cases are currently active and 33 persons with COVID-19 have died. Three thousand seven hundred and seventy-six (3776) cases of COVID-19 and two thousand, five hundred and twenty-two (2522) recoveries have been recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines since March 2020.
In view of the confirmed presence of the Delta, Mu and Gamma variants in the community and the significant increase in the number of new infections, transmission, severe COVID-19 disease and deaths, strict enforcement and compliance with all protocols and recommendations by everyone is strongly recommended. The correct and consistent use of masks, avoidance of crowds, physical distancing, proper hand sanitizing and immunization with available vaccines have all been proven to significantly reduce the risk of being infected, getting sick and or dying from the COVID-19 virus.