St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded four more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total in the country to 42, even as the deaths of six other COVID-19 positive patients are under investigation.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said, on Thursday — in its first update since the weekend — that a 77-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 3 died at home one week later of “COVID-19 infection”.
The other deaths are as follows:
A 61-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2, was admitted to the COVID ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on Oct. 5 and died on Oct. 11 of COVID-19 pneumonia.
Another 61-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 24, died on Oct. 11 while admitted to the COVID-19 ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH).
A 79-year-old male patient tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 3 and died on Oct. 13.
All the patients were unvaccinated.
NEMO said there are 19 patients admitted for COVID-19 at the Argyle Isolation Facility. Sixteen are unvaccinated, one patient is partially vaccinated, and two patients are fully vaccinated.
A further 34 patients are admitted to the COVID-19 wards at the MCMH. Of these patients, 33 are unvaccinated and one patient is partially vaccinated.
Meanwhile, 121 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 656 samples collected on Oct. 6, resulting in a positivity rate of 18.4%.
One of the new cases is an entry screen in a fully vaccinated passenger from St. Lucia. Four cases were detected during exit screening.
All other cases are contacts of known positive cases and persons seeking care.
Sixteen rapid antigen positive cases were reported from flu clinics.
And, 110 new recoveries were noted over the reporting period.
NEMO said that 1,372 cases are currently active, from 4,217 cases of COVID-19 recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines since March 2020.
NEMO further stated that the number of active cases in its release on Sunday, Oct. 10, was1,365 and not 1,286, as stated.
The release gave no further update on the 800 samples that were awaiting testing last Sunday.
As was the case in its previous releases, however, NEMO said:
“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.”