BREAKING NEWS: Grand Bahama has recorded its first COVID-19-related death.
The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed the death of an 80-year-old COVID-19 positive patient overnight and four new cases.
The elderly man was hospitalized in Grand Bahama, The Compass has learned, and had previously confirmed to have COVID-19 with no direct links to other cases.
His death pushes the count to four — all taking place in the last four days.
A 57-year-old Bimini woman was the first. She was flown into New Providence Monday night and died hours later. The other two were that of a 67-year-old woman and 79-year-old man, both of New Providence, occurred Thursday night.
While investigations are underway into the details surrounding this latest death, the four new confirmed cases takes the number of novel coronavirus cases in The Bahamas to 28 — 22 in New Providence; five in Grand Bahama and one in Bimini.
As for the four new cases in the capital, the Ministry of Health revealed that neither of them have a history of travel. Two of them, a 57-year-old and a 77-year old woman have a direct link to a 70-year-old male who was confirmed earlier.
Both of them are in isolation at home.
The third case is a 48-year-old man who has no direct links and is hospitalized and listed as very ill.
The fourth is a 51-year-old female who also has no direct links and hospitalized but, stable.
Health officials continue to follow the condition of the remaining 20 COVID-19 cases, including five healthcare workers and a nine-year-old girl. A total of 324 people are in quarantine.
The Bahamas is on a complete shutdown this weekend until 5:00 am Monday in a bid to prevent the dreaded COVID-19 from spreading throughout the communities and to save lives.
In the meantime, health officials are reminding the public to obey the emergency orders now in place to stay at home and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus.
At last report, more than 1.1 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 worldwide and the deadly virus has taken over 64,000 lives.
The Compass will keep you updated on any additional breaking COVID-19 news as it unfolds.