Thursday 22 October, 2020

New COVID-19 infections in Grenada

The coronavirus is definitely active on Grenada’s shores.  

Two more laboratory cases were confirmed on mainland Grenada late last night.  

This bring to three the number of active COVID-19 cases in Grenada.  

The spread of the virus started when a 30-year-old man (Case 25) broke quarantine before receiving his positive test result.  

With respect to the latest cases, the first individual is a female close contact of Case 25. She is in her thirties and resides in St Patrick. To date, she has no symptoms, and has been quarantined since Sunday. 

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Currently, all 77 known contacts of case 25 are still in quarantine, and will be retested late next week, as per the incubation period of the disease, to determine medical clearance for release. 

The other individual is unrelated to Case 25. He is a 45-year-old Grenadian national from St Andrew, who is visiting from Canada. He arrived on October 12 and has been in quarantine since arrival.  

The Ministry says all other passengers from that Air Canada flight remain in quarantine until they are medically cleared. 

It was noted that passengers on board last Monday’s flight all had negative PCR test results to enter Grenada, as mandated by the rules of the state.  

The Ministry states that it continues to employ every available measure to actively enforce the required safety regulations for the protection of all locals and visitors. 

Since reopening the borders on October 1, Grenada has been actively reviewing its operations for improved efficiency and stringency. 

With the borders reopened, Grenada expects that it will continue to see positive cases on island.  

The Ministry says it will continue to test and contact trace, and expects that all individuals will follow the protocols for quarantining and practice the safety measures. 

It says all incoming travellers to Grenada must abide by the protocol mandates of the State.   

No one will be permitted without a certified negative test result, and a pre-paid confirmation reservation of quarantine stay at one of our approved accommodation facilities for a minimum of five days.  

All such individuals will be tested on the fourth day and must receive a negative test result in order to be medically cleared to exit into the wider community.  

Based on volume, the Ministry of Health will endeavour to present test results within 1 to 2 days. However, no one is permitted to leave quarantine until medically cleared.  

The public is reminded to practice physical distancing and safe hygiene. Everyone must also wear a mask when in public spaces, as required by the laws of the land. 

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