Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic. (FP)

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of another daughter of the soil who succumbed to the COVID-19 virus last night.

The 66-year-old female had a history of diabetes, hypertension and shortness of breath.  She was a primary contact of a COVID positive patient who tested positive on May 5, 2021.  She had a negative first COVID-19 test and presented for her second test yesterday. Sometime after returning home, she regrettably passed away.

Sincerest condolences are extended to her family and friends. May she rest in peace!

A student from the Ellerslie Secondary School is among four persons testing positive today out of 436 tests that were carried out overnight at the Best-Dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.  All four cases are being investigated but this particular one, involving a minor, is receiving the vigorous attention of public health officials, as they seek to conduct the customary contact tracing and sourcing exercise.

Already, several primary and other contacts of the student have been tested and we expect to be in a position to shed further light on this developing situation, if not later this evening, most definitely in tomorrow’s brief.

Let me take this opportunity, as I often do, to remind everyone to continue to follow all of the public health protocols and please do not use the mask as a necktie. Full adherence to the protocols will offer you a high level of protection.

And this one is especially for our nation’s school children. Please wear your masks not only in school but also out of school; at the bust stops, on public transport, in your communities. It is very important that you adhere to all protocols in and out of school.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic

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