Three COVID-19 deaths, 24 new cases

Three COVID-19 deaths, 24 new cases

Cases surge past 500

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials have confirmed three additional coronavirus related deaths and 24 new confirmed cases as of today.

According to the Ministry of Health, three more people were also admitted to hospital.

No details on the deaths have been released, however health officials said more information will be provided at a Ministry of Health press conference at 3 pm tomorrow.

The last COVID-19 deaths were confirmed on April 23. The death toll now stands at 14.

Yesterday, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen told Eyewitness News that health officials were investigating the deaths of Grand Bahama patients who had tested positive for the virus.

While he acknowledged that health officials were probing the matter, Brennen did not confirm how many deaths were being investigated.

Eyewitness News understands that at least four people have died in Grand Bahama since Saturday.

Those patients were reportedly also suffering from a range of co-morbidities and underlying conditions, one of whom had been living with hypertension for years, according to sources.

On July 13, the ministry advised that its dashboard would be updated to include a tab for “non-COVID related deaths”.

This would classify a patient that was diagnosed with COVID-19, but the cause of death was not due to COVID-19.

This classification followed the deaths of two individuals, who were previously confirmed to have the virus, and a review was conducted which determined that the deaths were not due to COVID-19.

Of the new cases, 20 have been confirmed in New Providence and four in Grand Bahama, taking the number of cases in the country to 508.

The New Providence cases include: a nine-year-old girl; seven women, aged 25, 27, 28, 30, 32, 37, and 80; 12 men aged 36, 41, 43, 45, 47, 51, 54, 56, 63; and two men aged 42.

The Grand Bahama cases include: a 44-year-old woman; and three men aged 29, 51, and 68.

The lockdown in Grand Bahama is expected come to an end on August 7 at 5am.

Of the confirmed cases to date, there are 247 cases in Grand Bahama, 205 cases in New Providence, 21 in Bimini, nine in Moore’s Island, nine in Great Guana Cay, six in the Berry Islands, four in Cat Cay, three in Cat Island, three in Exuma and one in Abaco.

About Sloan Smith

Sloan Smith is a senior digital reporter at Eyewitness News, covering a diverse range of beats, from politics and crime to environment and human interest. In 2018, Sloan received a nomination for the “Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of The Year Award” from The Bahamas Press Club for her work with Eyewitness News.