Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Wednesday, 7 July 2021 - 6:10pm

The Ministry of Health and Social Development has launched a National Public Health Symptom Reporting Form (SRF) to better reach and manage persons in the community who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

According to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronald Georges, the reporting process starts with the completion of the initial intake form. Once submitted the Public Health Officers will review and liaise with the appropriate medical centre to arrange for treatment and/or testing.

The applicant will then be sent a follow-up monitoring form at the same time daily to update until they have recovered.  All submitted forms will be reviewed by a health team.

“We want to encourage all persons in the community to utilise this reporting tool if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms,” Dr. Georges confirmed.

Symptoms include but may not be limited to:

1, Fever >100.4F (38C)

2, Subjective fever (felt feverish)

3, Chills

4, Muscle aches (myalgia) (e.g. low back pain)

5, Joint Pain

6, Runny nose (rhinorrhea)

7, Sore throat

8, Cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough)

9, Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

10, Nausea

16, Vomiting

11, Headache

12, Abdominal pain

13, Diarrhea (≥3 loose/looser than normal stools/24hr period)

14, Confusion/ Irritability

15, Swollen toes

16, Coughing up blood or bloody mucous

17, Weakness, tingling or numbness in feet and hands

Persons who are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms and would like to seek advice and/or medical care can do so by copying the following link: https://redcap.link/BVICOVIDSMR or scanning the QR Code with your camera.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is committed to improving the health of the people of the Virgin Islands.

Author

Natasha Lettsome

Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
Telephone: 468-2286
Email: 
nlettsome@gov.vg