by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – After two months of lockdown and curfew protocols imposed because of an outbreak of COVID-19 infections, the positivity rate of the virus is on the downward trend.
“Based on the [incident] curve, I can say that we saw the peak round about the 23rd of June, and we noted a downward trend, and at present, our daily count is within the single digits, and we want to keep it like that,” says Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws during her COVID-19 Situation Report at the press briefing hosted by the National Emergency Operations Center on July 21.
Dr. Laws also confirmed that the Federation has recorded no new cases between Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
“We do not have any newly diagnosed [cases] to report. And so the total number of COVID-19 cases [remains] 557.”
For the week so far (July 18 -21), St. Kitts and Nevis have recorded seven new cases, half of the cases recorded within the same period of last week (July 11 – 14).
All seven of the cases were recorded on St. Kitts. Nevis remains at 18 cases total and has held that number for a little over two weeks.
Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the total cases stand at 557; 512 of those cases were within the last nine weeks.
The CMO also reported that just 40 active cases are being monitored and updated on COVID-19 hospitalisations.
“Over the nine-week period, we’ve had a total of about 32 hospitalisations. However, at present, we only have one patient admitted to the COVID ward at the JNF General Hospital. To date, we’ve only had three COVID-19 related deaths.”