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12th COVID case detected! ‘Aggressive contact tracing’ underway as case not imported

A twelfth COVID-19 case has been detected in the British Virgin Islands, bringing the total number of active cases in the territory to three.

Health Minister Carvin Malone said in a public broadcast Wednesday night, August 19 that this latest case presented at the emergency room at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital with ‘moderate symptoms’ earlier that day.

The patient has since been hospitalised and isolated.

In the meantime, visitation hours and all other privileges have been suspended at the medical facility. Malone said all staff members who came into contact with the case have been traced and are being assessed.

Case not imported but a community spread scenario

Stating that the patient has no recent history of travel, Malone further said a rigorous contact tracing effort is now underway.

“Analysis is being conducted to determine the level of exposure by each contacted staff member. The apartment building where the case resides is being quarantined, aggressive contact tracing of all close contacts of the individual has commenced and is being accelerated,” the minister said.

“The bars and nightclubs to which the individual has frequented has been identified and aggressive contact tracing continues by the health team,” he added.

The third floor of the hospital has also been converted to an isolation ward that is equipped with previously-procured ventilators.

The Health Minister said the public will be advised of any measures that may need to be put in place to protect public safety.

READ: Two other active cases

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  1. Hmm says:

    Real game start now…….I hope to see those who called it scardemic not wearing masks…….

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  2. Limejuice says:

    It had to come some Hopefully everyone will start taking measures like facemasks, washing hands, social distancing seriously. Face coverings have to cover the nose as well as the mouth please. … the life you save might be me. The life I save might be you. One love, together.

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  3. Strupes says:

    Damn Spanish people keep them island people out of here mahn he know he have it and through people it done spread

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  4. Really says:

    Them need stop people from traveling from Santo Domingo virus city of the Caribbean

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  5. Aware says:

    Just don’t open up fully for them down islanders t come and spread it here please

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  6. island man says:

    So where did it come from?? You see story, they making all kinds of law and rules for expats and their own locals are doing what they want. How did the petson get it???

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  7. Wake Up says:

    You people still want to to form the fool????

    Partying have jams like there’s no tomorrow.

    Better start behaving like you have sense.

    Anytime you hear no active cases, it ONLY REFERS TO PERSONS TESTED FOR THE VIRUS.

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  8. LOCK UM DOWN says:

    Lock the place down daddy Fahie. These people became too damn complacent and the negative NDP virus trouble makers were waiting for this.

    14 days curfew in ayo rass!

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  9. ok then says:

    Lets lockdown his entire district, every shop and bar/club he has been in and lock down everyone who has been in these places, tell you waht why don’t you lockdown TORTOLA you have a confirmed case in the community, yet for a rumour from another country you lockdown JVD…

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  10. bvi says:

    They wanted curfew lift, now its lifted…they wanted bars and night clubs open, now they are opened…who don’t hear will certainly feel.

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  11. Well well says:

    You may not give name but please give area or district please i would like to know so i can put my family on lockdown. Or maybe tola will be on lockdown again and those boat man will be free to cross borders and bring it again.strups

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  12. Crazy stuff! says:

    God help us!

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  13. Well says:

    Well everyone knew who didn’t have their head in the sand that Covid was present in the Territory. Now make masks in public mandatory with penalties of confinement and fine for those that don’t adhere. Then open the Territory and stop the isolation nonsense. Nowhere is safe so move on.

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  14. Smh says:

    Can’t say I’m surprised.. with a world wide pandemic you will think ppl will take precautions and there health more seriously.. The clubs an social gatherings ain’t going no where but your life surly can.. Ppl plz becareful and stop getting wreckless with your life and others.. Sucks for some of us who actually can see just how important times like these are.. The majority cannot afford another lockdown..

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  15. WoW says:

    Super spreaders, bars and nightclubs.

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  16. Don’t worry says:

    There is another case detected..this guy enjoyed the local stripclubs..

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  17. Boats says:

    Take them boats off the water. Our own locals are smuggling in people from STT and elsewhere and putting us at risk.

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  18. Yoyo says:

    It is crystall clear boss

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  19. Born here says:

    Listening to this story I think this person somehow went St. Thomas illegally and now as covid …. that the reason why they have no travel history …. stop covering up for locals tell the truth cause that’s the only way it’s possible I see

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  20. Just my 2 cents says:

    Sad Sad Sad indeed. Community spread only arises if there are infected persons within the community. Therfore to boast of being Covid free was a blatant lie and deception by our government.

    Assuming that all imported cases were and remained quarantined, where has this infection eminated from. Is it a case of failed detection by our border control? Were cases smuggled from neighbouring USVI etc.? I am certain it was no downislander / expat responsible. Why then our own people putting us in this mess!

    Hope in aint a situation where someone wants to profit by selling more covid tests.

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  21. Is that so says:

    Dont really matter. The person may have mingled with people from other districts. Plus there are others with the virus they have not told us about since they were not tested…

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  22. The Nation#1 says:

    This could be as a result of the smuggling activities into BVI borders. Were strippers and sex workers smuggled into the Territory after the borders were closed? Who don’t hear does feel. The borders have been too fluid. S M H

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  23. Hmm says:

    He had to travel or had friends who travel with boat that is. Or they had friends coming over with boat. If he never never leave these shores then there are more persons with this virus out there. All linking to boat travels. My opinion.

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  24. WOw says:

    Everyone talking about island people this and island people that. They all neglecting the Americans and Europeans here traveling throughout the BVI partying and potentially spreading this this. But i guess the color of your skin really is a deciding factor in the BVI. Keep it up, you may soon be reminded you live on an island too.

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  25. Mmm says:

    I do not understand, because every time there is a case of covi19, these stupid ones who are from a qui, they live speaking badly of the Spanish, and they are always behind the Spanish a$$

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  26. Wa Happen to yah says:

    @Strupes. Stop promoting division! They are brothers and sisters too.

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  27. What!!!! says:

    Bars and clubs full of fools with no mask or social distancing , rules ignored an not enforced by police what you expect

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  28. Blind man says:

    Drugs and people being smuggle in the place from St Maarten week before the same Venezuelian and Colombian that come along with the drugs bring the virus because they staying with other Spanish when they come and these local jackass boat captain love money so much look out for young people coming for medical showing signs.

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  29. Soothsayer says:

    The RT-PCR test does not test for COVID-19, so they could have anything… the same ‘symptoms’ are common with many other conditions.

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  30. The Truth says:

    Seems like a case of the childish ignorance that is prevalent to some in this country. And of course they go running to the hospital to put more strain on already strained resources, endangering others after their proud defiance.

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  31. @ Soothsayer says:

    The COVID-19 RT-PCR test is a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in upper and lower respiratory specimens (such as nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabs, sputum, lower respiratory tract aspirates, bronchoalveolar lavage, and nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate) collected from individuals suspected of COVID 19 by their healthcare provider (HCP), as well as upper respiratory specimens (such as nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabs, nasal swabs, or mid-turbinate swabs) collected from any individual, including from individuals without symptoms or other reasons to suspect COVID-19 infection.

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  32. HonestTruth says:

    When something like 98% of patients are asymptomatic it follows logically that there are many more cases on island. Thus lockdown measures are a waste of time, that is unless one actually wants to destroy the economy. In which case lets keep going, one season closed and thats it for a lot of people and businesses.

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  33. Anonymous says:

    Please stop talking bulss**t i know the man. Is leaving here for more than 15 years and is a diabetic man. He no go strip. Club and things like that is a tecnician. So strupe stop talking. If you dont know the reality. Of the situation.mf

  34. Which bars? says:

    Its silly not advising the public of the specific bars and clubs so we can get tested if a regular patron. Surely these places also need a temp closure like the hospital until tests are returned?

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  35. Local girl says:

    He was smuggled in from St.Thomas, Contant to be exact, the house he was staying has Covid victims, now see if we Tolians would blame the down islanders now.

  36. Soothsayer says:

    Exactly, the nucleic acid is not specific to SARS-CoV-2 (not as yet isolated or purified) the test is not reliable for establishing any viral infection. It was not designed for that…

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