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Jan 19, 2022

COVID Cases Could Drop in February. but Surging Now

COVID cases are surging and the highest rate is among the unvaccinated. News Five has obtained a copy of a COVID-19 report from the epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The Weekly National and District Summary Report of COVID breaks down the data from all regions as the country continues to battle a fourth wave of the infectious and deadly disease. There are currently eight thousand five hundred and thirty-seven positive cases. The report says that “twenty-five percent of all new cases in the last two weeks are among the unvaccinated, compared to eleven percent with one shot, and sixty-four percent among those fully vaccinated.”  The report says that average daily active cases increased from three hundred and thirty-three to a whopping one thousand two hundred and fifty-five news cases per day on average.  Deputy Regional Health Manager Doctor Melissa Diaz-Musa shares insight on the report.


Melissa Diaz-Musa

Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, Deputy Regional Health Manager, Central Health Region

“From generally around December twenty-eighth/twenty-ninth, we saw a shift in the number of cases presented to our health facilities and we knew then clinically and epidemiologically that something had changed. The presentations were slightly different and the doctors were calling to say that we are seeing much more upper airway illness, congestion, sore throat, more flu-like and body pain and tiredness. So we thought then that yes we do have omicron and as the day progressed, we saw that the numbers started to double, triple and then we couldn’t keep up with the amount and the shift. We went from eight percent positivity rate in one week to twenty-nine, twenty-six percent the following week. We know now that we are in the height of it and we are still on the upward part of the curve, but according to the epidemiologist, we will be peaking in the next few days and we will have a very short, a very narrow plateau and then a very quick downward trend after that. And the prediction is that in the next few weeks and especially in the month of February, we will be back to pre-omicron numbers.”

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