First COVID-19 death of the year recorded

While overall, new COVID-19 cases have declined in January, 24 new cases were recorded on Saturday – the highest single-day increase in weeks – and the first COVID death for the year was recorded last week.

Of the cases recorded on Saturday, 13 were on New Providence, five on Grand Bahama, four on Abaco and two on Andros.

Sixteen cases were recorded between Thursday and Friday. Of them, 12 were on New Providence, three on Grand Bahama and one on Andros.

According to the Ministry of Health’s dashboard, a 94-year-old New Providence woman died of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The recent COVID deaths bring the total number in The Bahamas to 176, with 15 deaths still under investigation. Thirty-eight people died with COVID-19, but not of it, according to the Ministry of Health.

As of Saturday, 11 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. There were 8,207 confirmed COVID cases in The Bahamas as of Saturday, 1,194 of which were still active.

Three hundred twenty COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the country since January 1.

By comparison, 346 cases were confirmed between December 1 and December 31.

The numbers are still down significantly from October when 2,612 cases were recorded in the country – the highest number recorded in any single month since the pandemic began.

Week-to-week, new COVID case numbers were fairly consistent since the start of the new year.

Between January 1 and January 7, 82 cases of COVID were recorded in The Bahamas. Sixty-three were recorded from January 8 to January 14; 69 from January 15 to January 21; and 73 from January 22 to January 28. 

However, in the past month, cases have been recorded on a number of Family Islands that had not confirmed cases in recent months, including Andros, the Berry Islands, and San Salvador.

Prior to January, San Salvador had not recorded any cases of COVID-19. The island now has 10 cases.

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