Health officials yesterday reported a staggering jump in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, which rose from 32 on Monday to 78, an increase of 46.
Officials said the reason for the increase is that “it accounts for those persons at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre who are sick and have COVID”. At last report, only 23 people at the center tested positive for COVID-19. When pressed for more details, officials promised to “get back to you tomorrow with further details”.
In recent weeks, health officials have raised concern over diminishing bed capacity for COVID-19 patients. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis recently said that the Public Hospitals Authority was seeking to add 80 beds to its complement, in part by using SuperClubs Breezes to treat non-COVID-19 patients and relocating 33 boarders from Princess Margaret Hospital.
Minnis said last night that “our health system is stretched to capacity”.
He noted that there’s been a “disturbing rise in COVID-19 cases in New Providence”.
The island is currently on a seven-day lockdown.
95 new cases
Officials also said yesterday that there was an additional 95 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the country, with one new death – a 69-year-old woman from New Providence who died yesterday morning.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 1,424.
Of the new cases, there were 90 on New Providence, two on Grand Bahama and three on Eleuthera.
Health officials did not provide the age or sex of any of the new cases.
New Providence continues to lead the country with 821 cases, followed by Grand Bahama with 463 cases.
Bimini has 45 cases; Abaco, 44; the Berry Islands, 14; Exuma, five; Cat Island, eight; Eleuthera, four; Inagua, two; Andros, one; and the location of 17 cases are listed as pending.
According to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Dashboard, 12 more people recovered, bringing the total to 203.
Twenty people have died, and there are 1,198 active cases.
As of last night, 7,971 tests were completed, according to health officials. These include tests conducted by private facilities.