Five new local cases of COVID linked to outbreaks
(CNS): Five more community transmissions of COVID-19 emerged from 1,167 PCR test results over the weekend, but all of those people were already in isolation as three of them were linked to the North Side outbreak and the other two were linked to the case at George Town Elementary School, according to Public Health. This brings the total of local transmissions linked to these two homes to around 30 adults and children.
There were seven other positive test results in this batch of also isolated travelers.
Given that around 12,000 people have been tested for COVID in the past two weeks, who have only found 30 local cases, the outbreaks appear to have been contained. However, as two weeks of isolation comes to an end for families quarantined due to the GTPS outbreak, they must now be tested before they can leave and it is likely that there will be more cases.
Family members and children are encouraged to come to the Lions Center for these exit tests during the times listed below:
- 1:30 p.m. – Welcome, Year 1 and their teachers
- 2:00 p.m. – Year 2 and their teachers
- 2:30 p.m. – Year 3 and their teachers
- 3:00 p.m. -Year 4 and their teachers
- 3:30 p.m. – Year 5 and their teachers
- 4:00 p.m. – 6 years and their teachers and other GTPS staff
After the tests, all families are told to go home immediately without stopping, to remain in quarantine and to await advice from public health or the Department of Educational Services.
“All families are required to remain in quarantine until they have received negative results for every family member in their household. Test results will be emailed directly to the person within 24 hours of testing, ”public health officials said on Monday. “Once all members of a household have tested negative, they are then considered released by Public Health and are released from quarantine. All others will have to remain in quarantine until contacted by public health. “
If a household member tests positive for COVID-19, everyone in the home will need to remain isolated and will be contacted by public health.
Those who are currently positive will be tested at home on Wednesday, September 29, and public health will contact those households directly to inform them of their home testing schedules. They are reminded to remain isolated until they are tested and released by public health. If a member of the household tests positive, the entire household should remain isolated.
While there may be other positive cases regarding the GTPS cluster, it appears that the virus has not spread throughout the community despite the two separate outbreaks in North Side and the capital.
With this very low positive rate out of the more than 12,000 people tested this month, the apparent panic in the immediate wake of the GTPS outbreak has given way to resentment over new limitations on social freedoms and mask mandates. now imposed by government regulations.
Restaurants and bars already affected by the border closures are once again forced to space tables and limit the number of diners. Sports clubs, gyms and exercise studios are also now required to obtain a negative PCR test or vaccination certificate before customers are allowed in.
Indoor sports for all children are on hold as private clubs struggle to see how under 12s can play games such as squash or attend indoor dance lessons. Masks are also now mandatory to enter stores as well as workplaces and schools throughout the day.
The number of vaccines soared further over the weekend, with 350 people rolling up their sleeves for their first injection and 158 others receiving their second dose. More than 30 people also received a booster injection. While the vaccine does not prevent breakthrough infections of the Delta variant of this coronavirus, it does prevent people from getting seriously ill and also limits the time and ease with which they can transmit the virus.
The HSA has issued a new vaccination schedule which includes a district clinic in Savannah tonight and Camana Bay for the rest of the month except Thursday.
See the vaccine schedule on the HSA website here.
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