The Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 278 new cases of COVID-19. This is from a batch of 617 tests conducted on samples taken during the period January 29 to February 11, 2021.
On Monday, February 8, 2021: a total of 287 tests were conducted with 117 positive samples and on Tuesday, February 9, 2021: a total of 330 tests were conducted with 161 positive samples
All of the individuals were seen at various respiratory clinics in the communities where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. As per existing COVID-19 testing protocols, each individual was placed in home quarantine by health care practitioners while awaiting the receipt of their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place these individuals in isolation and the contact tracing team is undertaking investigations to identify the contacts of these confirmed cases.
Confirmation of the recovery of 17 individuals was also received bringing the total number of active cases currently in country to 973. Two of the active cases are in critical care at the Respiratory Hospital and all of the others are presently stable.
The new cases now bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 2415.
The Ezra Long Laboratory continues to work to reduce the present backlog of COVID-19 samples.