If you receive a contact tracing call, take it seriously – Dr. Duncan

By Admin. Updated 3:56 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Medical Officer of Health Dr. Roger Duncan says that if you receive a call from the ministry of health stating that you might have been exposed to someone who was tested positive for COVID-19, the first thing you do is take this very seriously.

Speaking at a press conference today, Dr. Duncan said the second thing you do is to listen to the advice that’s coming from the health worker who is going to be in touch with you.

He said the advice basically says this: “You have been in touch with someone who was tested positive for COVID-19, We need you to quarantine or isolate yourself until we get to you.

“Please do not go to your doctor. Please do not join in any neighborhood social activities. Please please, stay where you are, follow the instructions and we will come to you,” Dr. Duncan said.

He said there is quite a lot of contact-tracing being done, with over 200 persons contacted so far and more than 200 tests done, as some tests were repeated.

“If we are going to be able to stamp and reduce the number of cases, we have to know where positive cases have been, with whom they have been, when they went there, how long they stayed there and what sort of interactions they had while they were at any given place with any given person”, – Dr. Duncan said.

He said there could be a certain level of anxiety associated with such calls, but that persons who get them should be patient, distance themselves and wait for the health authorities.

Dr. Duncan urged everyone to distance, sanitize, wear masks, and to stay at home if they don not have to leave home.

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