Health Minister Carvin Malone has announced that six members of the BVI community have contracted COVID-19 with one person currently receiving treatment at hospital.
The minister confirmed that the person who is hospitalised isn’t critically ill.
In addition to the six residents, another 12 visitors have tested positive for the virus bringing the present number of active cases to 18.
“Of the 18 active cases, five are located on Tortola, 12 on Virgin Gorda and one on a marine vessel,” Minister Malone explained.
Persons barred from departing
The Ministry of Health said it is currently investigating two persons of interest from among the active cases. Both of these persons tested negative and were cleared from quarantine on Day 4 but subsequently tested positive during their exit screening that was required for departure.
Both individuals and their close contacts are under secured mandatory 14-day quarantine and subject to testing as directed by the Protocols.
“To date, one of the persons of interest has three contacts that have tested positive for COVID-19 while others are scheduled for testing at the most appropriate time to detect the virus,” Minister Malone explained.
He continued: “It is also important to note that one of the persons of interest visited a number of establishments on Virgin Gorda and after an aggressive contact tracing exercise most of the close contacts have been identified, interviewed, quarantined and is being monitored. The ministry has reviewed each of the establishments and has determined that they are in full compliance with the appropriate protocols.”
Old Year’s Party Patrons at risk
Minister Malone said as an extra layer of security aimed at easing the minds of patrons and the general public, persons who attended the New Year’s Party at Coco Maya Restaurant between the hours of 10 pm and 1 am are being advised to call the Ministry of Health at 468-2274 and 468-4936, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a COVID-19 rt-PCR test.
This request is for everyone who was in attendance, whether they live on Virgin Gorda or any other of the sister islands.
Testing will be available in Virgin Gorda at the Anglican Church Hall from 10 am to 12 noon and at the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital tent between midday and 2 pm from Friday the 8th of January 2021 through Sunday the 10th.
Persons are encouraged to call or email to schedule their time for testing. To avoid crowding at testing locations, it is preferred that persons first call or email and do not just show up for testing.
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