GREENVILLE, Sinoe – Sinoe has recorded two additional confirmed COVID-19 cases.
In a press conference held on Saturday at the main compound of the F.J. Grant Hospital in Greenville, county health officer Jonathan Flomo said the new cases involve a 15-year-old boy who was taken to the hospital after coming down with malaria and later dying while undergoing treatment. A specimen was collected from the corpse of the boy and tested positive.
A 41-year-old health worker who had attended a health workshop in Buchanan had also tested positive, Flomo said.
“The 15-year-old dead body sample was collected on June 24, as well the 41-year-old man’s sample was also collected last weekend and both results came positive,” the county health officer noted.
Both patients were residents of Greenville District, and Flomo called on residents to follow all health protocols to stop the spread of the virus in the county.
Flomo said contact tracing is ongoing, with a few health workers and the family members of the two new cases undergoing precautionary observation at a treatment facility in the county.
He also provided updates on existing cases: “Before the confirmation of these two new cases, we been having in quarantine a case that involved a male and also a health worker in Greenville after discharging our first confirmed case that was recovered and certificated in Sinoe County.”
Meanwhile, even as the new cases have grown, the joint security team in Sinoe has not been enforcing the additional extension of the state of emergency. Some Sinoe residents believe this may increase the number of cases.
“Everywhere we pass, people will be saying ‘outside open,’ normal social activity is ongoing, while the government is yet to announce the country [is] free from the virus,” William Broh, a retired classroom teacher, told The Bush Chicken on Saturday.
“And the frustrating thing about this is that people like our top local officials who [are] supposed to set examples and help in educating our people are those who are constantly seen in violation of the COVID-19 mandate.”
Broh believes that without a collective effort to adhere to the health protocols, the virus will continue to spread.
Efforts to reach the head of the joint security team were not successful. However, the Risk Communications sub-team of the Sinoe County Health Team has been raising awareness about the virus with high school students.
Hosea Smith, Sinoe’s risk communications officer, said the one-week exercise aims to remind students to follow all health protocols. The awareness campaign will also target other parts of the county.
“COVID-19 is real, and as such, we deem it necessary to come and provide additional education in order to be safe,” he added. “We will like to call on all school administrations to make sure in enforcing the fight.”
Featured photo by Teahwleh Geeplay