Monitoring of community spread continues
On Monday 08 August, Ascension recorded its first case of COVID-19 within the community. Since then, further cases of COVID-19 have been recorded and authorities are monitoring the spread of virus.
In order to ensure the public has a clear picture of infection rates within the territory, weekly infection statistics are being published during the period of transitioning to ‘living with COVID-19’.
As of Friday 21 October 2022, the total number of positive results from tests conducted by, or registered with, a healthcare worker at one of the three testing sites is as follows:
USAF Base Clinic: 52
RAF Base Clinic: 14
Georgetown Hospital: 172
These figures are based on results of tests conducted at each of these sites. However, the test site may not necessarily reflect the primary accommodation location of the person that tested positive.
Between Saturday 15 October and Friday 21 October, the following number of daily positive results from tests conducted by, or registered with, a healthcare worker was recorded:
15 October: 0
16 October: 0
17 October: 4
18 October: 0
19 October: 3
20 October: 0
21 October: 0
As of Friday 21 October, there has been a total of one critically ill patient, who had tested positive for COVID-19, admitted to Georgetown Hospital. They have since been medically evacuated for further treatment off island.
All members of the public are encouraged to monitor their own health for signs of possible infection. If you believe you have symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19 infection you should arrange to take a test at your relevant medical facility and follow the guidance in place. Guidance can be found online at www.ascension.gov.ac/public-document/living-with-covid-19 and is available through your employer, local medical clinic and Georgetown Hospital.
If you test positive, you should isolate for five days. After this time, you should end your isolation once you feel well. A test is not required to end isolation.
Authorities are monitoring the ongoing spread of the virus and the current guidance will remain in effect until they are satisfied that the daily positive incidence rate indicates that the peak of the spread has been passed.