BARCLAYVILLE, Grand Kru – After weeks of no new confirmed COVID-19 cases, Grand Kru has recorded an additional case.
On July 9, the county health officer, Dr. Sianna Jackson Mentoe, announced that a 71-year-old woman traveled from Grand Kru on June 12 and reported to the Pleebo Health Center in nearby Maryland, where she was tested positive with the virus.
Prior to arriving in Maryland to seek advanced medical care, Mentoe said the woman interacted with several persons in her hometown of Wilsonville in Grand Kru. Maryland health officials have since announced that the elderly woman has died, Mentoe said.
Contact tracing conducted by the county health team identified at least 18 high-risk contacts and samples were collected from them and sent to Monrovia for testing, with one returning positive. Mentoe said the current confirmed patient is in isolation and receiving treatment, while others are in a quarantine center.
Mentoe said the county is currently struggling to provide regular meals for the quarantined individuals. She asked that the county authority, lawmakers, and humanitarian organizations intervene to assist health workers to better care for the contacts. She also asked the public to continue observing health protocols to once again contain the Coronavirus.
Grand Kru had been declared COVID-19 free on June 11 by the national Incident Management System in Monrovia after the county discharged all 22 persons who were under precautionary observation.