Region Ten confirms second COVID-19 case


A 29-year-old woman of Linden, Region Ten has tested positive for the new Coronavirus Disease.

This is the second case recorded in the region, according to a press release from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Tuesday.

The woman hails from Wisroc, which is the same area as the first case.

It was noted that the young lady’s samples were sent for testing on April 8 and she was told to go home and self-isolate while waiting for her results.

However, it was only on Monday night – April 13 – that she was taken to the Diamond Hospital, East Bank Demerara where she is currently warded.

Medical Superintendent of the Linden Hospital Complex, Dr Joseph London disclosed that the woman previously visited the hospital and complained of sore throat, fever and cough.

According to the press release, upon realizing that she resides in the vicinity of the first positive Region 10 COVID-19 patient, a decision was made to conduct the test.

“After the hospital took the samples off her we advised her that she should go on home isolation as we await the results of the tests. The results returned showing that she was positive and as such, the results were handed over to the Region and Task Force,” Dr London noted in the press release.

The press release did not disclose when the results came back but noted: “she was taken to the Diamond Hospital last night.”

Dr London said the region continues to have an aggressive approach to the disease and noted that all required actions are being taken to protect and safeguard residents within the region.

“We are monitoring, we are evaluating, and we are keeping a close eye out as we recognize that we need to remain proactive so as to ensure that all remain safe within Region Ten,” Dr London said.

He urged the public to remain vigilant.

Dr London declared that persons should pay heed to the advisory from the regional health authorities and more so the Ministry of Public Health, warning that COVID-19 is not a joke and should not be treated “as a light or unimportant matter.”

As of April 13, Guyana recorded 47 cases of COVID-19, including six deaths.

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