Another COVID death in Choppins — MP
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded its 14th COVID-19 death, according to Minister of Finance, and Camillo Gonsalves.
“The cluster of COVID infections in Choppins that claimed one life last week has now claimed another person, who was closely associated with the first death,” Gonsalves, who is MP, for East St. George, where Choppins is located, said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“This thing is no joke. Please, let’s treat this life threatening disease with the seriousness it demands. #Vaccinate #Sanitise #MaskUp #Distance,” the minister said.
The Ministry of Health is yet to issue a statement on the nation’s 14th COVID-19 death.
On Monday, the Ministry of Health announced that SVG recorded its 13th COVID-19 death, the first since May.
“A 41-year-old female who died suddenly at home on September 9th, 2021, was found to have succumbed to COVID-19. She was not previously known to be COVID-19 positive. She had no known underlying conditions and was unvaccinated. Her death brings the death toll from COVID-19 to 13,” the Ministry of Health said in a press statement.
In a Facebook post that day, the minister said that the Ministry of Health had consented to his request for a special vaccination event in Choppins, the following day.
In a separate post on Thursday, Gonsalves said:
“The village of Choppins came out IMPRESSIVELY for the special vaccination event yesterday.”
He said that 39 residents were vaccinated, and testing revealed another four positive cases in the community.
“So many people showed up that, when the event ended at 7 p.m., there was still demand for tests and vaccines.
“The turnout was so strong that the Ministry of Health officials will return to Choppins THIS FRIDAY to continue testing and vaccination efforts,” he said.
“Let’s all be safe and encourage our neighbours to be safe as well.”
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced 54 new COVID-19 positive cases from 422 samples processed on Tuesday, resulting in a positivity rate of 12.8%.
Six (6) new recoveries were noted over the reporting period.
There were 269 active cases from among the 2,613 recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines since March 2020. Of those, 2,331 have recovered.
“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 and severe COVID-19 disease, strict enforcement and compliance with all protocols and recommendations by everyone is strongly recommended,” the ministry said.
“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.”