Meghalaya: Three tested COVID-19 positive in random testing

UT News Service | SHILLONG, Aug 14: Three persons tested positive for COVID-19 during random testing at Phulbari CHC in Meghalaya on Friday, the State’s Health authorities informed.

It may be mentioned that recently the government had identified 71 clusters in the State to conduct random testing. 

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that in a particular place a group of 50 people are usually taken for random testing. 

Dr. Warr also informed that apart from the three who tested positive for the disease during random testing, a person with no travel history, a staff nurse of Shillong Civil Hospital and three high risk contracts tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to Dr. Warr, the State recorded 35 new cases of COVID-19 out of which 14 are from East Khasi Hills – 7 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and 7 civilians – one returnee from Haryana, one staff nurse of Civil Hospital Shillong, three high risk contacts of a NEIGRIHMS positive case (two are residents of Mawlai Nongkwar and another stays in Upper Shillong), one person with no travel history and one SARI case from Mawbah. 

The Director of Health Services informed that the person with no travel history is a resident of Rilbong.

Stating that a person with no travel history contracting the virus is a cause of concern, Dr. Warr said that contact tracing is on to identify the source of the infection.
 
He also said that the lone fresh case detected in South West Garo Hills on Friday is that of a returnee from Assam, while West Garo Hills which recorded 20 fresh cases, 16 are from the BSF and four are civilians – three were detected during random testing in Phulbari CHC and one works at a corona care centre in Walbakgre. 

With the detection of 35 fresh cases in the State, the total number of active cases stands at 641 – East Khasi Hills 419 (85 BSF, civilians 263, and armed forces 71),  West Khasi Hills three, South West Khasi Hills one, Ri-Bhoi 83, West Jaintia Hills 16, East Jaintia Hills five, West Garo Hills 102, South West Garo Hills three, South Garo Hills three and North Garo Hills six. 

The State also recorded 34 recoveries taking the total number of such cases to 581.
Of the 34 recoveries, 31 are from East Khasi Hills (one is from the armed forces, eight BSF and 22 civilians), West Garo Hills recorded two recoveries and East Jaintia Hills one. 
The number of samples sent for testing till Friday afternoon is 42910 out of which 41425 results tested negative and the reports of 257 samples are awaited. 
A total of 27767 citizens have entered the State till Friday afternoon. 

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