11 more dorm students test positive for COVID-19

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Eleven more dorm students who have returned to school have tested positive for COVID-19, Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony revealed on Friday
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This means that a total of 30 students tested positive, while 11 teachers tested positive and 13 auxiliary staff also tested positive. The students, teachers and staff are from dormitory schools across the country and are all in institutional isolation.

“As of today we have 30 students who have tested positive, we have 11 teachers who came back to teach and they have tested positive and we have 13 other staff – with the dorms you have persons who are cooking and so forth – who have tested positive,” the Health Minister stated.

The Minister said testing still continues as more students from far flung areas are expected to return over the weekend.

“When they come they will be tested and these numbers might go up,” the Minister said.

Institutional isolation facilities across the regions are being utilized to treat the patients but for President’s College students and teachers who tested positive, they are being isolated at the Ministry’s Diamond, East Bank Demerara facility.

The Minister had announced that testing is mandatory for students returning to dormitory schools.

Meanwhile, the students in isolation will be provided with their daily worksheets to continue their education.

Schools reopened for Grades 10, 11 and 12 students in November 2020 while virtual and other forms of learning continued for other students.

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