Five more deaths have been listed under the COVID-19 column in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, taking the tally to 47, while two deaths in COVID-19 patients are under investigation.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) further said, on Friday, that the country recorded 201 new cases of the viral illness over a two week period last week — an indication of the extent of the backlog of samples still awaiting testing.
NEMO said that an 81-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 26, was admitted to the COVID ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) and died on Oct. 11.
A 72-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 9, was admitted to the COVID ward at MCMH and died on Oct. 10.
A 93-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 11, died at home on Oct. 14.
A 64-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 5, was admitted to the COVID ward at the MCMH and died on Oct. 15.
A 57-year-old male who died on Oct. 13, tested positive for COVID-19 during postmortem testing.
“All the patients died of COVIDv19 pneumonia, had underlying conditions, and were unvaccinated,” NEMO said.
Meanwhile, 103 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 707)samples collected last week Thursday, Oct. 7, resulting in a positivity of 14.6%. F
Four of the new cases were imported cases and 14 rapid antigen positives cases were reported from flu clinics on Oct. 7.
An additional 98 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 481 samples collected last week Friday, Oct. 8, resulting in a positivity rate of 20.4%.
One of those cases was detected during exit screening and 35 rapid antigen positive cases were reported from flu clinics on Oct. 8.
NEMO said that there were seven patients admitted for COVID-19 at the Argyle Isolation Facility. All of them are unvaccinated.
Nineteen patients are admitted to the COVID-19 wards at tMCMH.
Seventeen patients are unvaccinated, and two patients are partially vaccinated.
NEMO further said that 37 new recoveries were noted over the reporting period, leaving 1,531 active cases.
Since March 2020, SVG has recorded 4,418 cases of COVID-19.
“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.”