By Demion McTair. Updated 4:49 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The recent spike in imported COVID-19 cases associated with scheduled American Airlines AA 945 flight from Miami, Florida, could lead to the discontinuation of the flights.
In a release issued on Sunday (July 19), the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), stated that the flights could be discontinued “In light of the uncontrolled nature of the COVID-19 epidemic in the USA and in particular Florida and the significant potential impact on the health system of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” (SVG).
“The Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee has recommended that the AA 945 flight be monitored closely with a view to discontinuation,” the release states.
American Airlines resumed weekly scheduled flights to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Miami, Florida, on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
So far, some 12 COVID-19 cases have been associated with the July 11 flight.
An additional four (4) cases from a July 18 flight are awaiting confirmation test results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) lab in Trinidad, which is used to verify PCR tests conducted in St. Vincent.
The release from NEMO say “Going forward all passengers arriving on the AA 945 flight from Miami and those transiting to SVG, having travelled on any commercial flight out of the USA:
1. Must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result
2. Must arrive with proof of a reservation in a TA/MOHWE (Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment) approved hotel for five (5) nights.
3. Will be quarantined in a TA/MOHWE approved hotel for five (5) days.
4. Will be tested for COVID-19 before release from the quarantine approved hotel.
5. Will continue quarantine in an approved home/facility for a period of nine (9) to sixteen (16) days for a total of fourteen (14) to (21) days.”
NEMO stressed the importance of compliance to all isolation and quarantine orders.