We are recovering! 95 % of the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in our province have recovered.
As we enter the spring season encouraged by the fact that ninety-five percent (95%) of the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in our province have recovered, and all districts have the recovery rate that is above 90%.
These outstanding results are due to the resilience and discipline of the people who tested positive, friends and the families who supported them, communities who continue to adhere to regulations of washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing, the long hours that have been sacrificed by our healthcare workers on the frontlines caring for the sick.
While we appreciate these results, we are not under the illusion that we have defeated this virus, thus we are not ceasing our efforts of completely stopping its spread in our communities. There are imminent threats to our fight against this virus which includes : -
The re-opening of schools which is a positive initiative that may have unintended consequences. The Department of Health is playing a critical role in supporting the Department of Education with effective surveillance system, monitoring and public health response.
The impact of the sale of alcohol is another threat to the public health services. The sale of alcohol may result in an increase trauma related cases which may overstretch the resources of the health system and expose patients and healthcare workers to possible infections.
The misinterpretation of the level 2 regulations by the public is threatening to spark new cases. Some of our people are unfortunately thinking the war is over under level 2 and are going behaving recklessly. This can lead to emergence of clusters of COVID-19 cases and preventable deaths.
We want to remind our people that 2,876 people lost their lives to this virus in our province and it is still deadly. We therefore plead with them not continue being vigilant by wearing their masks, washing their hands, and maintaining social distancing. Our biggest worry is alcohol users who go out of their homes to drink with friends whose infection status they do not know. They are putting the lives of their family members at risk.