by Eulana Weekes
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Health Officials are paying close attention to the growing number of active COVID-19 cases in the Federation over the past week. The COVID-19 dashboard currently shows a total of 19 positive cases in the Federation; all recorded on St Kitts.
Senior health official, Dr. Cameron Wilkinson on Friday morning, (May 6), confirmed that a majority of the cases were identified due to travel related testing. However, Wilkinson said, the people of St Kitts and Nevis should remain vigilant and ensure that the non-pharmaceutical measures are still put into practise, because COVID-19 still exists.
Wilkinson highlighted that the elderly are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and really need to be protected. As reported during the 4th wave, a majority of the persons affected were older adults with comorbidities.
Since March 28 2020, there have been 4, 735 confirmed COVID-19 cases in St Kitts and 848 in Nevis. For the past two months, however, active cases were significantly low; with active cases below 5 within a period of one week and sometimes no active cases in a similar period.
Wilkinson said, high levels of vaccine immunity has boded well for St Kitts and Nevis, where over 80 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated.
The vaccine dashboard for St Kitts and Nevis shows that 83.3 percent of the adult population has received the first dose of a COVID-19 approved vaccine, whilst 78.2 percent are fully vaccinated. 10.1 percent of the adult population have received a booster shot. As it relates to the children, 17.9 percent are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine whilst 19.5 percent have received the first dose. In total, 26,678 persons are fully vaccinated in the Federation.
Meanwhile, St Kitts and Nevis continues the full reopening of schools, entertainment and sporting sectors that were forced to close during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.