The results of more than a dozen samples that were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad for testing have shown that there are no new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the British Virgin Islands.
Minister for Health Carvin Malone made that announcement during a national broadcast via social media address on Monday, April 6.
“Today we are announcing that 17 samples were collected by teams from the RSS (Regional Security System) and tested by CARPHA over the past two days and the good news is that all results were negative for the virus that causes COVID-19,” Minister Malone stated.
The latest results bring the total number of samples tested for COVID-19 in the BVI to 64; with 61 negatives and three positives.
Minister Malone said the three positive cases are being monitored and retested to determine whether they are recovering.
“All positive cases have exhibited only mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization. All three cases are being tested and retested in accordance with CARPHA’s protocol for determining full recovery from COVID-19,” the minister said.
Surveillance to be expanded
The Health Minister further said that government is expanding their surveillance on testing throughout the territory.
“We are providing support to all persons on quarantine and strictly monitor for development of signs and symptoms of the disease to ensure appropriate isolation, management and or treatment as necessary,” Malone stated.
He added: “Our mission is to find and isolate any remaining cases of COVID-19 in the territory in order to minimise the risk of community spread and the suffering and loss that this will bring.”
Anyone experiencing a fever with cough or difficulty breathing is being encouraged to contact the Health Hotline at 284-852-7650 for medical assessment and guidance.
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