Successful introduction of vaccine in Region 10 alleviated by rising cases, public complacency
Kaieteur News – Although the introduction of COVID-19 vaccine in Region 10 has been deemed successful by regional health officials, there is still growing concern about the rise in cases and the complacency that residents are displaying. The region currently has 52 active cases including Regional Chairman Deron Adams. Regional Health Officer Dr Gregory Harris said there had been a rapid increase over the past week as well as an increase in deaths.
Despite proactive measures being taken to control the spread of the virus in Region 10 by the COVID-19 Regional Task Force, residents continue to violate the guidelines, especially by congregating in large assemblies. There have been reports from several parties, especially on the Wismar front. Two weeks ago, two ranks of the Guyana Defense Force were attacked and beaten at a party in Block 22. People continue to be charged weekly for violating COVID-19 protocols. On Tuesday, eight people were charged with violating the protocols over Easter Weekend. They are Jermaine Peters, Shane Bizzeth, Nicoli George, Jacob Williams, Leandre Richards, Dexter Armstrong, Kester Greene and Raylon Adolph. They appeared in Linden Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Wanda Fortune and were fined 20 hours of community service or imprisonment for a month.
On Thursday, the Regional Democratic Council announced that Regional Chairman Adams had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the April statutory meeting was canceled. Regional Health Officer Dr Gregory Harris said measures should be taken by people who would have been in contact with the Chairman, including self-quarantine and testing, should those individuals become symptomatic. Adams himself is said to be unresponsive.
Dr. Harris stated that the regional response for the COVID-19 vaccine had been positive. Over 1200 residents have been vaccinated so far. The Regional Health Department in conjunction with the Linden Hospital Center has been proactive in the vaccination introduction program. On Thursday, another outreach was held at the Linden Enterprise Network, to target people on the Mackenzie shore who wished to be vaccinated. To date, over 1200 Region 10 residents have been vaccinated. Vaccination sites in Region 10 are located in Amelia Ward, One Mile, Christianburg, Vivian Parris and Wisroc Health Centers. The Linden Hospital Complex also continues to be the primary site for vaccination. The Task Force continues to meet weekly and today will discuss additional measures that should be taken, in conjunction with the Division 10 Police Department.