NO COMMUNITY SPREAD

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has given the assurance that there is no evidence of community transmission relative to COVID-19, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

On Tuesday, April 21, the Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA revealed a new positive COVID-19 case for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the first since April 9, 2020.

According to the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer, ongoing preliminary investigations into the new case point to a possible local transmission, since the individual in question has no known travel history.

In distinguishing between local and community spread, Dr. Keizer Beache notes that according to CARPHA, Community Spread refers to instances where several people in a community test positive for COVID-19 without any known contact with an imported case.

She said “Local spread” or a “Secondary case” describes a situation where the person was never abroad, but was exposed to an imported case, so that the source of the infection can be identified.

The CMO notes that the Ministry of Health is cognizant of the need to keep the public aware of every development in respect of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dr. Keizer Beache said the Ministry, the official source of COVID-19 information in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, remains committed to providing, timely, accurate and relevant information, as we continue to manage this public health challenge together.

Dr. Keizer Beache, Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment Chief Medical Officer.