32 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the State

Gangtok, July 17 (IPR): As per today’s Health Bulletin issued by DG-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia, 32 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the State, and with one patient cured and discharged (totalling 88), the total number of active cases has reached 166, while the cumulative total has reached 254.

It was informed that out of 433 RTPCR tests performed on 16th July, 29 samples tested positive, while 5 persons tested positive on Rapid Antigen Testing facility in Rangpo. Out of the 5 cases, two persons were security persons of a bank, bringing cash in the van for ATM machines. Both of them were sent back to Siliguri. The remaining three are admitted in the Isolation Ward of COVID-19 Hospital (STNM). With the two persons (Bank ATM Van staff) migrated out, the total cases reported in the State stands at 32.

It was informed that out of the 29 COVID-19 positive cases reported on RTPCR, 6 persons were workers of GREF Camp Rongli, 15 were the family members of the GREF workers, 1 person was reported from STNM Hospital Flu Clinic, while remaining 7 persons who tested positive were from SSB Camp, Yuksom. It was informed that the 7 persons from SSB Yuksom are admitted in the Isolation ward of Geyzing Hospital.

The DG-cum-Secretary also informed that he along with a team comprising of Secretary Coordination, DC East, SP East, Additional Director Health, Under Secretary Coordination, and IEC Officials of Health Department conducted an inspection visit of Rhenock, Rongli and adjoining areas to assess the situation and to finalize on the Isolation facilities to lodge asymptomatic positive persons. The team visited Community Health Centre Rhenock and interacted with the health workers, police personnel and panchayats. Rhenock Senior Secondary School Girls Hostel was identified and approved as the ideal place to lodge asymptomatic positive cases if the need arises. They would be provided treatment and care by the doctors and health workers of Rhenock CHC.

The team then visited Reshi checkpost to monitor the movement of vehicles and people. Thereafter, they visited Rongli GREF Camp and Rongli PHC and interacted with the Health workers, Police personnel, Panchayats and local people. Chujachen School was identified as the isolation facility where asymptomatic positive cases would be lodged and provided care and treatment if necessitated.

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