Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Returning Ross University students in St Kitts cleared of COVID-19

Ross University, St Kitts. Photo Courtesy St Kitts and Nevis Information Service

Ross University, St Kitts. Photo Courtesy St Kitts and Nevis Information Service

A group of students who arrived in St Kitts and Nevis on July 8 have been cleared of COVID-19.

A statement from the federation's health department said 124 students — all of whom attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine — were released from quarantine on July 22, after testing negative for the coronavirus.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Hazel Laws said the students are now free to integrate into society, but must do so in keeping with the federation's social distancing guidelines.

Each of the students was screened for signs for COVID-19 and tested before they were allowed to travel to St Kitts.

“They would have come into the country exactly two weeks ago and before arrival, they were tested and only those who got negative RTPCR tests were allowed to travel. Upon arrival again they were tested and were all negative," Laws said.

 On July 23 — day 14 of their mandatory quarantine — the students were tested again. The CMO said each sample tested negative for COVID-19.

While in quarantine, all costs including airfare, accommodation, COVID-19 Molecular Tests and laundry were covered by the university. The students covered the cost for meals, groceries, and other miscellaneous expenses.

To date, 975 persons overall have been released from quarantine in St Kitts and Nevis.

According to Laws, 74 persons are currently in quarantine and the two active cases are in isolation "recovering nicely ".

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