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Latest case of COVID-19 is a 29-year-old health worker

The Nassau Guardian May 1, 2020

One more COVID-19 case was confirmed on New Providence yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in The Bahamas to 81.

The announcement came after three straight days with no new cases.

The latest case is a 29-year-old healthcare worker from New Providence.

Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said 225 healthcare workers were tested following an incident at Princess Margaret Hospital last week, where an asymptomatic patient on a medical-surgical ward tested positive for COVID-19.

A patient of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre was also exposed in that incident before returning to the center. Sands said staff from that facility were among those tested.

According to Sands, only one of the healthcare workers, the latest case, tested positive for COVID-19.

“That case is currently in isolation at home and aggressive contact tracing has begun,” he said during a virtual press conference.

Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis, health consultant to the prime minister, said the curve appears to be flattening, with fewer new cases being confirmed in the past week.

“We are often asked when this is going to be over,” she said during the press conference.

“We don’t know. But based on the cases we have to date and the model, we are making significant progress.”

According to the Ministry of Health, 25 people recovered from the virus and eight people were hospitalized as of yesterday.

Eleven people died of COVID-19 in the country.

As of yesterday, 1,284 tests were administered.

 Sands said Bimini is of particular concern at the moment. Eight cases have been confirmed on the island. Only New Providence has more cases, with 65 confirmed cases. There are seven confirmed cases on Grand Bahama.

“Bimini is considered a hotspot,” Sands said.

“A surveillance team was sent and is currently on Bimini. That team’s objectives are to meet with the medical personnel to get an overview of COVID-19 activities; to identify contacts of the COVID-19 confirmed cases; to assess the identified isolation facility; to conduct a walkabout to determine the potential level of infections and control strategies in place; to enforce infection and control strategies; to host a town hall meeting via Zoom on Friday; and to perform additional tests on contacts of confirmed cases on the island.”

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