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45 health workers in Bono test positive for COVID-19

Forty six health workers working in different health facilities in the Bono Region have tested positive out of the total number of 96 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region.

Thirty-four of the 96 cases, representing 35.4 per cent, had recovered as at July 6, 2020 with the remaining mainly asymptomatic receiving treatment in self-isolation.

The Acting Bono Regional Health Director, Dr Kofi Amo Kodie, who disclosed these at a press briefing, here in Sunyani, yesterday mentioned that nine out of 11 districts in the region recorded cases with Wenchi being the highest recording 42 cases.

The districts that are yet to record a case he mentioned include Dormaa West, Dormaa East and Tain, adding that the health directorate have intensified its activities to secure and protect the three districts from recording any case.

Dr Amo Kodie said a total of 2,949 are suspected COVID-19 cases with 302 through the routine surveillance system and 2,647 through the enhanced surveillance system.

Samples, he said were taken and which laboratory test received for 1,519 with 81 testing positive of COVID-19 with 1431 results pending.

The Regional Health Director said a total of 577 contacts have been identified for earlier detected cases, which laboratory samples were taken as part of their management, of the 283 laboratory results received, 15 tested positive of COVID-19, bringing the total figure in the region to 96.

Dr Amo Kodie said active contact tracing is still ongoing and that the health directorate was managing the outbreak through the routine and enhanced surveillance system as well as social mobilisation and risk communication in collaboration with other partners.

The current trend of cases in the region he said, clearly depicts a local transmission and urged residents in the region to pay particular attention to the safety protocols outlined by the president.

The Regional Health Director stressed that the time has come for residents to take personal responsibility to protect themselves and others in order to contain further surge in the COVID-19 disease.

FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, SUNYANI

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