Wednesday 8 July, 2020

After 3 days of no new cases, two patients test COVID-positive

Barbados has recorded its second cluster of COVID-19 cases, this time surrounding one St Michael-located place of religion.

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The first cluster surrounded the headquarters of the National Assistance Board (NAB) and this time five persons from one Bridgetown church have tested positive for the disease over a course of days.

Despite zero new cases for the past three consecutive days, today Barbados has recorded two new cases and one patient is connected to the church in question.

Two women, ages 57 years old and 56 years old, are the latest COVID-19 positive patients in Barbados, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 92.

The 56-year-old is the fifth member of the Bridgetown church to test positive.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness said today (May 23) that it had now completed the testing of 30 people whose names were supplied by the church as members. All of the others tested negative. It revealed that while the church had originally supplied a list of 28 members, that list was recently upgraded to add two others.

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Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best, said today that aggressive contact tracing was ongoing to locate persons with whom the confirmed cases were in close contact.

The two positive results were among 123 test results returned by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory yesterday (May 21).

Meanwhile, no one will be released from isolation today, so the number of people isolated now stands at 15. Recoveries remain at 70, and seven COVID-related deaths have been recorded.

The laboratory has completed 4,664 tests.

Prior to today's results, Barbados' last positive cases were reported on May 19, 2020.

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