Though the number of reported COVID-19 infections appears to be decreasing, health officials yesterday reported two more COVID deaths.
The new deaths are an 80-year-old man and a 78-year-old man from Grand Bahama. The men died on January 13, 2022, and January 14, 2022, respectively.
Their deaths pushed the total number of reported COVID deaths to 735.
Additionally, the Ministry of Health said that two more deaths are under investigation. Forty deaths are now under investigation.
A total of 153 deaths are non-COVID-related.
As of Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reported 94 new infections. Six hundred and ninety-four tests were conducted. That’s a test positivity rate of 13.5 percent, much higher than the recommended five percent.
There were 7,270 active cases and 24,178 recovered cases.
In total, 32,376 COVID infections have been reported since March 2020 when the pandemic began in the country.
Hospitalizations dropped from 145 on Tuesday to 134 on Wednesday. There were seven people in the intensive care unit.
The gradual reduction of COVID cases and hospitalizations will likely be welcomed news to many in the country.
Shortly after the worst of the third wave subsided in early December 2022, the fourth wave set in, which health officials believe was fueled by the presence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
The Bahamas saw its single highest one-day count of COVID infections, over 800.
Health officials have said that it appears that the fourth wave might have peaked.
“The signs seem to be promising,” Minister of Health Dr. Michael Darville has said.
“We are watching it with a degree of caution. As you are aware, you notice the numbers are starting to fall and they are the PCR numbers.
“We also now begin to see the hospital…it’s still putting some strain on the situation but we are able to cope.”