New Providence yesterday saw its largest number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in a single day and a number of those represent people who showed up at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) emergency room with symptoms and eventually tested positive, according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delon Brennen.
However, at 21, Grand Bahama’s case count was still larger than the 16 cases reported on New Providence.
In total, 40 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in The Bahamas yesterday, bringing the count to 382.
Referencing the new New Providence numbers, Brennen said, “These were people who presented for care at the emergency department with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 and in the course of their evaluation, they were tested and a number of them turned out to be positive.”
Asked whether any healthcare provider is in quarantine as a result, he said, “As far as I know, we don’t have any inadvertent exposure to healthcare providers that require quarantine from patients who presented to the emergency department. They treat everyone who comes to the emergency department as if they are COVID-positive.”
He said the numbers also include positive results from private facilities, including Doctors Hospital and Lyford Cay Hospital.
While New Providence recorded its largest daily case number, Grand Bahama again led the way in recording the most single cases in a day. The majority of the 21 new cases on Grand Bahama are people under 40.
Twelve of the new cases are men – ages 37, 24, 24, 41, 49, 38, 21, 44, 57, 26, 32 and 30. Nine are women – ages 30, 18, 31, 45, 49, 24, 48, 25, 24.
Grand Bahama has been dubbed a COVID-19 hotspot, recording 182 cases since July 8. The island is currently under a two-week lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Of the New Providence cases, nine are women – ages 28, 31, 30, 44, 26, 45, 40, 64 and 58. The age of one of the men is still unconfirmed. The others are 56, 38, 56, 59, 74 and 32.
Two more cases were also confirmed on Exuma – a man and woman, both 42.
A 51-year-old Cat Island woman also tested positive.
Health officials did not provide the travel history for any of the cases. That information has not been disclosed since July 19.
It is also unclear if any healthcare workers are among the confirmed cases.
Grand Bahama has the most cases with 190, followed by New Providence with 151 and Bimini with 21.
The Berry Islands has six cases; Cat Cay has four; Moore’s Island has three; Cat Island has three; Exuma has three and Great Guana Cay has one. Twelve cases are currently hospitalized.
So far, 91 people have recovered and there are 278 active cases. Eleven people have died of COVID in The Bahamas.
As of last night, 4,014 tests were completed.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis on Friday imposed a number of restrictions — including a 7 p.m. national curfew (excluding Grand Bahama, which is under lockdown), discontinuation of domestic travel and indefinite weekend lockdowns – in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.
The new curfew came into effect last night. Domestic travel ceases today.