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Guyana: Statement by His Excellency

David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the Coronavirus
Guyanese, it is my sad duty to announce Guyana confirmed its first imported case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Georgetown on Wednesday 11th March 2020.
The patient has been identified as a 52-year-old Guyanese female who had travelled from the United States of America, which has reported cases of COVID-19. She arrived in the country on 5th March, presented to the public health system on 10th March and was found to have uncontrolled Diabetes and Hypertension. She subsequently died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation at 08:00 hours on 11th March.

Health professionals sought to conduct tests for COVID-19 based on the patient’s travel history. A clinical sample was collected and sent at 10:00 hours on 11th March 2020 to the National Reference Laboratory, where laboratory test confirmed the diagnosis at approximately 17:00 hours. The patient’s infection is classified an imported case.
Measures are being taken to prevent the risk of community spread. These measures include:

– dispatch of a health team to the home of the deceased for assessment and initiation of public health prevention measures;
– identification and contact tracing for all possible exposed persons;
– meeting of Ministry officials with members of staff at the hospital; and,
– implementation of necessary interventions.

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