By Demion McTair Updated 8:54 p.m., Tuesday, 21 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Some 144 people were exposed to the Covid-19 virus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as they came into contact with this country’s 2nd Covid-19 positive patient.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on Star FM today (April 21) that “In relation to that person”, referring to patient two, “within just over 48 hours, the ministry of health team tracked 144 persons with whom this woman had come in contact with and quarantined all of them”.
The prime minister was at the time speaking about measures taken by the government to respond to the Covid-19 situation.
Patient two, who has now successfully recovered, came into the the country in March. It is reported that she broke a mandatory quarantine and traveled to different parts of the country.
She was not tested in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for Covid-19 at the time, but officials in her community had reported that she broke her quarantine. Reports are that she was put into isolation and tested and the tests came back positive for Covid-19.
Dr. Gonsalves said all of the persons who came into contact with patient two tested negative.
“Six of them were quarantined at a facility which the government established at a particular place. We haven’t called the name of that place. Those six persons for various reasons were determined by the medical authorities to be quarantined in that particular place, rather than at home.
One of those persons involved in all of those numbers had symptoms. That is one who was closest to the person and that person was tested and tested negative.
So, in other words, all the contacts of this woman were negative and they have proven not to have had it because they didn’t have any symptoms and anything and we monitored them for over the period – the Prime Minister said.
“Now, in the case of the numbers regarding quarantine, I want people to understand this, that quarantine is different to isolation , this woman , this person was isolated at her home because she was tested positive and we had police outside to police around the clock.
Where we had five or six of the others quarantined at the government facility, the government-run facility, there was also police presence.
In relation to the others, they were at suitable places at their homes and they were checked everyday on the telephone, they decided those of whom should have periodic visits by the district nurse, by anybody else. So, we have a protocol to deal with their quarantining” – the Prime Minister said.