Local health authorities have been whipped into action to locate persons who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in recent times.
This is according to Health Minister Carvin Malone who announced in a late-night social media broadcast on Sunday that government was “officially informed” on Saturday, July 18 that “an airline passenger who travelled from the territory to St Vincent and the Grenadines through St Lucia on Wednesday 15th July was swabbed on arrival in St Vincent and subsequently reported positive for COVID-19”.
Malone made it clear that the passenger in question was not tested in the BVI because the individual was not previously suspected of having the virus.
“Our Public Health team has been deployed to actively investigate the matter by identifying the persons with whom this passenger is reported to have been in contact in order to quarantine and test close contacts who remain in the territory,” the minister said.
“Contact-tracing and follow-up testings will provide additional information regarding the level of exposure to the virus so that steps can be taken to rapidly contain and suppress the potential for spread in the interest of public safety,” he added.
Malone, in the meantime, is reminding residents and businesses to continue practising the various anti-coronavirus safety measures such as social distancing, constant hand-washing/sanitizing, and wearing protective face masks while in public places.
A total of 741 persons in the BVI have been tested for COVID-19 so far. Of that number, eight were reported as positive. With the exception of a single female patient who died from coronavirus-related symptoms, those reported cases have since recovered.
BVI News will bring more updates to this developing story.
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