By Demion McTair. Updated 7:04 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 27th COVID-19 case had previously tested negative on arrival on May 26, using a PCR test.
The new case is a member of the Royal Caribbean crew from the ship Vision of the Seas. Royal Caribbean crew are tested twice for COVID-19 due to their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
One PCR test is administered upon arrival and the other at the end of the 14-day quarantine period to ensure they are clear of COVID-19.
It was the second test to end quarantine that showed up COVID-19 positive for the Vincentian Royal Caribbean crew worker.
A release from the National Emergency Management Organization – NEMO, states that 172 PCR results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency – CARPHA lab, were received today (June 7), and from that batch, the positive case was revealed.
“The Vincentian national will now be isolated for a further fourteen (14) days”, the release states.
“There are still two hundred and twenty-six (226) RCCL crew members awaiting a second PCR result in order to be released from quarantine” – the release states.
“The requirement for a second PCR test before the completion of quarantine is part of the revised repatriation protocol for groups deemed to be of higher risk for being exposed to the SARS-Cov2-VIRUS” – the release further stated.
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