Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Friday, 24 July 2020 - 9:57pm

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development announced that 316 samples collected from Jost Van Dyke test negative for COVID-19.

Health Minister Malone reported that 17 close contacts on Jost Van Dyke and four on Tortola were immediately quarantined, tested and all results returned negative for the virus that causes COVID-19.

The decision to quarantine and test residents and visitors on Jost Van Dyke came as a pre-cautionary measure following the recent notification of a positive case detected in St. Vincent and Grenadines with links to the British Virgin Islands.

Honourable Malone also reported additional negative results tested between July 21 and 23, which included 20 on Tortola and three on Virgin Gorda.

The BVI’s epidemiological summary now totals 1,253 persons tested for COVID-19; 1,245 bore negative results, a total of eight positive cases and one reported death.

Health personnel carried out testing on island with the goal of covering the remaining population today, Friday, July 24 and 19 samples were collected and await results. 

“I wish at this time to thank every person on Jost Van Dyke and throughout the Territory who have cooperated so willingly with these measures being implemented for your safety and protection. Periods of lockdowns have not come without the inconvenience and personal sacrifices, and several teams have been working together to help to alleviate any personal hardships arising from the most recent interventions.”

Persons who recently visited the island of Jost Van Dyke during the month of July are encouraged to make an appointment to get tested by calling the Medical Hotline at 852-7650.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development aims to provide leadership that promotes health, social wellbeing, and a safe environment as positive resources for sustainable human development.

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