A 27-year-old woman is among five persons who died of COVID-19 pneumonia at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital between Thursday and Friday, health officials announced Friday evening.
The woman is the youngest of the 26 people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to have died of COVID-19.
The woman tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Sept. 29, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said in a press statement.
The statement did not specify on which day each of the five persons died nor did it indicate whether they had pre-existing conditions, as NEMO has indicated with each of the previous deaths.
NEMO, however, said that the five deceased were unvaccinated against COVID-19.
The five deaths bring to 26 the total number of people who have succumbed to COVID-19 in SVG.
None of the deceased were vaccinated against COVID-19, NEMO said.
The deaths bring to 14, the number of COVID-19 deaths in SVG since Sept. 9, when the country began seeing an uptick in cases that health authorities have blamed on the presence of three variants in the country.
NEMO said that the other deceased are:
— a 44-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Sept. 28;
— a 46-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 19;
— an 87-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Sept. 27; and
— a 50-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Meanwhile, NEMO said that 55 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 356 samples processed on Wednesday, resulting in a positivity rate of 15.4%.
Four cases were detected on exit screening.
All other cases are contacts of known positive cases and persons seeking care.
Forty-four rapid antigen positive results were reported for Wednesday, Sept. 29.
There are currently 22 patients admitted for COVID-19 at the Argyle Isolation Facility.
Of these patients, 21 are unvaccinated and one patient is fully vaccinated.
A further 29 patients are admitted to the COVID-19 wards at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.
Of these, 26 are unvaccinated, two patients are partially vaccinated, and one patient is fully vaccinated.
Eight new recoveries were noted over the reporting period, leaving 1,093 active cases.
Since March 2020, SVG has recorded 3,563 cases of COVID-19, of which 2,444 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, 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 sanitising and immunisation 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,” NEMO said.