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20 confirmed coronavirus cases in Bong, Lofa

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Bong County Health Officer Dr. Jonathan Flomo has reported seven confirmed Coronavirus cases, as Lofa County Health Officer Dr. John Doedeh also reports 13 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Voinjama, totaling 20 cases when combined.

Additionally, Dr. Flomo has reported two deaths in Bong amid the third wave of the pandemic. Dr. Flomo told Radio Gbarnga that five of the seven infected people are currently at the Coronavirus treatment unit and the surveillance team is tracing 37 contacts.

According to him, the contact tracing is being done in Suakoko and Jorquelleh Districts, respectively, adding that they are in contact with one person who left from Totota, lower Bong County, and was tested positive.

Dr. Flomo said they want to ensure that the person is brought to the treatment unit, noting that the health team has not quarantined any community except individuals who are suspected of the virus.

Dr. Flomo explained that the surveillance team is currently doing a rapid test that shows results within 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, Dr. Flomo has called on the people of the county not to take the third wave of the pandemic lightly, stressing the need for a holistic fight against the virus.

At the same time, Lofa County Health Officer Dr. John Doedeh has told journalists via telephone that eight of the 13 infected people in Lofa are women while the remaining five are men.

He said the County Health team is currently doing contact tracing to further prevent the spread of the virus.

Dr. Doedeh said through the contact tracing, they have placed in isolation 19 people who are suspected of contacting some of those who have tested positive for coronavirus.

He said the County Health Team has activated its information system to keep providing the necessary information about the virus and how it can be combated.

According to Dr. Doedeh, they have also started home-quarantine treatment for people who might start to show early signs of the virus.

He wants the people of Lofa not to panic but to follow the health protocols.–By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County, Edited by Winston W. Parley

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