3 new COVID-19 cases in 24hrs

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As of May 15, Guyana recorded three new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total number of known cases to 116.

Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, in her update Friday revealed that 13 persons were tested within the last 24 hours of which three are positive.

She said the situation in Guyana in relation to the transmission of the coronavirus has not improved.

“Our positive cases have grown significantly over the last two weeks as community transmission continues.”

The number of COVID deaths remains at 10; recovered cases are now 43. This means there are 63 active COVID-19 cases in the country.

In total, 1065 persons were tested with 949 being negative.

There are five persons in institutional quarantine and 63 in institutional isolation. The COVID-19 ICU has three persons.

“As we expand our testing please be reminded to make use of the Mobile Units that are available in some communities. For the weekend and the upcoming week our focus for this activity will be in La Parfaite Harmony on the West Bank of Demerara and South Ruimveldt.  We are pleased to announce that very soon residents of Region 3 and 6 will have similar facilities available for their residents. Please refer to our Facebook page for a more detailed location of these units,” the Deputy Chief Medical Officer said.

“Please understand that transmission can only be reduced or stopped if we are able to separate those who test positive from those who are not infected.”

She added, “You may notice that temperature reading is a part of our screening process for COVID-19. This screening is done to identify persons with a high body temperature. Such persons would then have to be further screened to determine if their fever is as a result of being infected with COVID-19 or if it is due to some other medical condition.”

“Your temperature may be normal but that does not mean that you are not  infected with the Coronavirus. You should note that over 35% of our COVID-19 cases were actually asymptomatic- had no typical signs or symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath etc.

“So even if your temperature is normal YOU HAVE  to continue to behave as if you have the virus . So you must continue to wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, maintain physical distancing, stay at home and immediately report to the COVID Hotline should any symptoms arise.”

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