On Thursday, April 8, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 17 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory. This is from a batch of 176 samples taken during the period April 4, 2021 to April 7, 2021 and processed on April 8, 2021.
All of the individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receipt of their test results. Arrangements have since been made to place these individuals in isolation and contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 18 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 118. Presently, one of the active cases is requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4329.
Today, the Ministry of Health reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total number of deaths in country to 64. Death #64 is a 92-year-old male from the Gros-Islet district with underlying medical illnesses who passed away while in care.