ONE HUNDRED NINETY-FOUR (194) ADDITIONAL CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES, THREE (3) ADDITIONAL CONFIRMED DEATHS AND ONE HUNDRED (100) ADDITIONAL PERSONS RECOVERED Update #197

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October 15, 2020

The Ministry of Health confirms today that there are one hundred ninety-four (194) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As stated in Update #196, the long holiday weekend led to delayed reporting from a number of laboratories. Hence, the one hundred ninety-four (194) additional COVID-19 cases today is an additive effect of the cases recorded and reported during the period 7th - 13th October, 2020. The Ministry of Health will continue to work with reporting laboratories to ensure timely submissions of COVID-19 reports.

These additional one hundred ninety-four (194) confirmed cases bring the total number of confirmed cases to five thousand three hundred eighty-five (5,385). There have been four thousand one hundred thirty-six (4,136) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, six hundred fifty-nine (659) confirmed cases in Grand Bahama, one hundred sixty (160) confirmed cases in Abaco, fifty-six (56) confirmed cases in Bimini, thirty-three (33) confirmed cases in Exuma, thirty (30) confirmed cases in Eleuthera, nineteen (19) confirmed cases in Inagua, seventeen (17) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, twelve (12) confirmed cases in Long Island, eleven (11) confirmed cases in Andros, nine (9) confirmed cases in Cat Island, seven (7) confirmed cases in Acklins, five (5) confirmed cases in Crooked Island, three (3) confirmed cases in Mayaguana, and two hundred twenty-eight (228) confirmed cases with locations pending.

The breakdown of the new cases by island is as follows:

Island # of Cases
New Providence 172
Grand Bahama 1
Andros 1
Locations Pending 20

TOTAL: 194

Investigations are ongoing, and health officials continue to follow the condition of the other current COVID-19 positive cases.

The Ministry of Health also confirms the death of a fifty-one (51) year old male of New Providence who passed away on 13 th October, 2020, and the deaths of a seventy-nine (79) year old female and a sixty-six (66) year old male of New Providence who both passed away on 14th October, 2020. These unfortunate deaths increase the confirmed death toll to one hundred twelve (112).

To date, twenty-five thousand five hundred eighty-five (25,585) tests have been completed. Hospitalized cases increased by six (6) to one hundred twelve (112). Further, there were one hundred (100) recovered cases so that the total recovered cases now tally at three thousand one hundred seventy-eight (3,178).

The public is reminded to practice the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

 wear a face mask when you leave home;

 maintain a physical distance of six (6) feet from others;

 wash your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds, and if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least seventy percent (70%) alcohol;

 cover your cough or sneeze in your inner elbow or with a tissue; and

 clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as phones, remote controls, counters, doorknobs, and keyboards.

Do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

News date : 10/15/2020    Category : Covid-19, About Bahamians, Health, Press Releases

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