Two students test positive for COVID-19 in Bartica


Two students in Bartica, Region Seven have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently being isolated at their respective dormitories.

This was confirmed to the News Room by Government Medical Officer (GMO), Dr Terrence George. The two positive cases are both females, aged 15 and 16; one is from the Bartica Secondary School and the other from Three Miles Secondary School.

Dr George said the cases were imported as the students are not from Bartica.

“They are asymptomatic and they are in isolation right in the dormitory of the school… all systems have been put in place to ensure they are comfortable, they are not being allowed to go to school at this time,” Dr George told the News Room by telephone.

The isolation will last for 14 days.  Testing of students started on Monday; 24 tests were done and the results returned early Wednesday morning

The GMO said additional tests were done today along with contract tracing. Dr George has assured that the situation is under control.

He wants all students to be tested in Bartica and not only those coming from out of the region as was done on Monday. There are currently 24 active COVID-19 cases in Region Seven with 18 of those cases in Bartica.

Region Seven recorded 388 positive cases with nine deaths and 355 recoveries.

Earlier this week, a total of eight students had tested positive for COVID-19 at President’s College.  Four of those cases were of students who were transferred to the school from Kato, Region Eight.

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