by Linda Straker
Grenada (NowGrenada) – Within a 72-hour period, Grenada recorded 3 Covid-19 related deaths. All individuals died after being admitted to the Covid-19 Unit of the General Hospital. 6 individuals are currently hospitalised because of complications related to the virus.
The island is currently experiencing community spread of the virus with over 400 active cases. The daily Covid-19 dashboard for 1 September 2021 shows that 125 were confirmed as positive through PCR testing on that date, but there are hundreds awaiting results.
Senior Medical Officer Dr Myanna Charles disclosed on Tuesday that the rate of Covid-19 positive confirmations has increased from 3.2% to 11%, a change she described as dire. The positivity rate refers to the number of cases that are confirmed positive in the total number of tests conducted.
“A few days ago, health officials had to conduct about 33 tests before they got a positive case. Today, they are only conducting about 10 tests before they see a positive case,” Dr Charles said stressing the need for citizens to practice preventative measures such as wearing face-covering and or masks properly.
“The situation is very, very serious and we need to take heed and remember the core public preventative measures which include wearing the masks properly over your nose and mouth, social distancing, sanitising, and avoiding crowded spaces. More than ever, we need the general public to take heed and practice those measures,” she said.