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COVID 19 Spread Widens on Island

29 October 2020

Operations at the Micoud Fire Station remain suspended after an individual assigned to the station tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 22. The individual is currently receiving treatment at the respiratory hospital.

Chief Fire Officer, Joseph Joseph, said operations at the Micoud Fire Station will resume following completion of health and sanitization procedures. He added that all efforts are focused to returning to normal operations, and thanked residents of Micoud for their patience.

Residents are reminded to call 911 in the event of emergencies.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has received confirmation of eight new cases of COVID-19, widening the spread of the disease across the island. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed to date in country to 73. There are now 46 active cases isolated and in care.

Case #66 is a 33-year-old female from the Laborie district. Case #67 is a 35-year-old female from the Laborie district. Case #68 is a 62-year-old female from the Vieux-Fort district. Case #69 is a 60-year-old female from the Vieux-Fort district. Case #70 is a 37-year-old female in quarantine at the Rodney Bay Public Health Facility. Case #71 is a 21-year-old male from the Gros-Islet district. Case #72 is a 29-year-old female from the Castries district. Case #73 is a 23-year-old female from the Castries district.

Cases #70, #71, #72 and #73 are linked to cases #41 and #58. Case #66 is linked to case #61.

All cases, following testing for COVID-19, were placed in quarantine awaiting their results. They have since been placed in isolation at the respiratory hospital.

The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) yesterday announced the closure of its Vieux Fort office until further notice, after a member of its team tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the NIC, the Ministry of Health has started the necessary contact tracing and testing of persons identified as being in close contact with the affected employee.

The Ministry noted that there was now a distribution of cases to additional districts, which points to the widening in transmission of the virus across the island. It said: “We must remain vigilant. We must remain committed to doing all within our control to limit the spread of COVID-19 amongst us. Everyone needs to act responsibly to reduce our exposure to the virus.

“Anyone with respiratory symptoms like cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat should not be at work, socializing or in any public place. It is important that people who are unwell seek care promptly at the closest community respiratory clinic.”

The Ministry of Health once more reminds everyone to: - wash and sanitize hands often throughout the day - always wear a mask while in public - maintain a separation of six feet from others while on public, which is about two arm’s length apart.

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