SVGs active COVID-19 cases spike to 15, four other cases possible

By Demion McTair. Updated 3:57 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines now stands at 15.

In a release on Sunday, July 19, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), says that there are an additional three (3) cases associated with the July 11, American Airlines flight – AA 945 from Miami, Florida.

There were already 9 cases associated with that flight, so these three which have been confirmed today (July 19), brings to 12, the total confirmed cases from the July 11 flight.

In addition to these twelve cases from the July 11 AA 945 flight, three other cases have been confirmed.

Two of these cases have “also been detected during exit screening”, NEMO says. The two new cases are under investigation.

Additionally, there is one new case that arrived on another airline from the British Virgin Islands, NEMO says.

These three cases, along with the twelve associated with the July 11, AA 945 flight brings the total number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases in SVG to 15.

But, there are four (4) possible cases which can increase the tally to 19. These four cases are from the July 18 American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida. They were identified through PCR testing, but samples to verify them are yet to return from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Lab.

There are now a total of forty-four (44) confirmed COVID-19 cases in SVG, 15 of which are active. Four (4) cases remain outstanding as verfied test results are being awaited from the CARPHA lab in Trinidad.

NEMO says “all active cases are in isolation. Contact tracing and subsequent mandatory quarantine have commenced for these new cases”.

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