Another two senior citizens pass at hospital, taking COVID-19 mortality count near 90

Another two COVID-19 related deaths are being reported by the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre.

Medical Director Dr. Albert Duncan confirmed on Tuesday night, October 5, that two elderly persons have become the country’s most recent victims of the virus. 

He reports that an 85-year-old woman with comorbidities – in respiratory distress and with low blood oxygen – was admitted to the hospital on September 27.  She died on October 4 at 11:05 p.m.

The other patient was a 73-year-old man who also had underlying medical conditions.  He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit on September 20 in critical condition.  However, every effort to save his life failed and he passed away on October 5 at 3:23 p.m.

Both patients were unvaccinated, the report states.

The COVID-19 death count is now near 90.

The most recent COVID-19 cases are a significant drop from the set of figures released earlier in the week.

The Ministry of Health’s most recent dashboard, published on Tuesday night with figures for October 3, shows 15 new lab-confirmed cases.

Officials say that 73 samples were processed at Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre on October 2 and no results were received for October 3. 

Therefore, the total number of persons with lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda is 3,518; which is inclusive of 1,118 active cases.

Seven recovered cases were recorded, increasing the total to 2,315.

There are forty-nine hospitalized cases, with four being considered severe; 33 are mild, and 12 moderate.

Meanwhile, persons receiving a COVID-19 vaccine have surpassed 53,000 with 43,648 people being fully vaccinated while 10,088 have received their first dose.