Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 - 2:23pm

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone has confirmed three (3) new imported positive cases of COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands.

This brings the total number of active cases of COVID-19 to six (6) and one new recovery bringing the total recoveries to 73.

During the sitting of the House of Assembly this evening, Health Minister Honourable Malone stated that the three (3) new cases were discovered between Sunday and Monday.

Honourable Malone further explained the effectiveness of the mandatory testing protocols stating that of the six active cases, four of them yielded positive results from tests done on arrival (day 0); while the other two positives were detected on day four.

The newly imported cases are residents and visitors alike who entered the Territory and are currently in quarantine. Contact tracing is on-going.

Honourable Malone emphasised, “One of them had a breach and we are going to make sure that persons understand that if they see something that they have to say something because we cannot afford for any of these persons who are deemed positive at the end of 4 [days to be] out partying. It [health protocols] works if everyone will do their part.”

As of December 13, the total number of samples tested by the Dr. D. Orlando Smith laboratory of the BVI Health Services Authority is now 9,921; the total number of persons tested is 9,867; the total number of positive cases detected is 80; the total number of active COVID-19 cases is 6; the total recoveries 73; and 1 death.

Healthier lifestyles through diet and exercise have proven to be positive methods of defense against the COVID-19 virus. As such, persons are encouraged to enroll in the upcoming cohort of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) that will start in 2021 or any healthy lifestyle programme offered in the Territory.

The public is reminded to continue to comply with all health and safety measures that include hand washing, wearing of face masks in public spaces, maintaining six feet from others outside of your households, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, avoid touching your face and limiting large gatherings, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

Persons who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the Medical Hotline at 852-7650 for medical advice and testing. Common symptoms include fever, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle aches, or difficulty breathing.

Author

Adrianna J. Soverall

Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742
Email:    asoverall@gov.vg