Two local food suppliers have sought to publicly distance themselves from the female patient who recently tested positive for the coronavirus in the BVI.
OneMart Superstore and Roadtown Wholesale (RTW), which operates RiteWay Food Market, both issued public statements denying that the patient is employed at their respective establishments.
The supermarkets issued the public disclaimer in separate Facebook posts after rumours about their association with the patient began circulating within the local social media space.
In a statement notarized by RTW’s Managing Director, Guy Strickland, the popular food chain said, “Roadtown Wholesale Group of Companies does not have any employees that have tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. The rumours are simply not true”.
We will follow all protocols
OneMart posted a similar statement specific to its staff.
The supermarket, which is owned by Opposition legislator Mark Vanterpool, added: “We continue to monitor our team and are taking preventative measures. If a case arises in the future, we will follow all required protocols to keep our team and customers safe. We wish a speedy recovery to persons fighting this, or any other illness.”
In the meantime, the female patient in question was reported as a positive case after testing locally. Health Minister Carvin Malone said she is currently hospitalized while the BVI seeks official confirmation from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad.
Seven other persons who were reportedly in close contact with the patient have been tested locally. Their results have returned negative but the BVI is also seeking official confirmation from CARPHA on those results.
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