PRESS RELEASE — The Ministry of Health received confirmation today, Wednesday, October 21, 2020, of another case of COVID-19. This is an additional case for the day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to thirty-nine. The individual is a 38-year-old male from the Dennery region. He was tested during a community testing exercise conducted this week. He has no history of travel or known contact with anyone diagnosed with the virus. Upon receiving the diagnosis earlier this afternoon arrangements were made for his transfer to the Respiratory Hospital for care.
To date, there is a total of twelve active cases of COVID-19 in isolation at the Respiratory Hospital. This is the largest number of cases in care at once since the start of the national epidemic, but it should be noted that all patients are doing well and are not in need of critical care. There has been a significant increase in the number of cases diagnosed over the past two weeks and the Ministry anticipates additional cases will be identified as the contact tracing process continues.
We appreciate the response of citizens and communities in collaborating with the public health officials in containing the spread of the virus. will strengthen our national response to controlling the epidemic.