FROM H.E. THE GOVERNOR AND THE HON. PREMIER
The Premier and I would like to update you on the current Covid-19 situation.
As detailed by the Chief Medical Officer in her press release yesterday, 18 August, there are 22 confirmed active cases of Covid-19 currently on island, which includes two separate workplace clusters and 16 new positive cases since 16 August. Let me reassure you that while in some cases the source of the infection has not been identified, investigations are continuing and contact tracing is ongoing.
Thankfully, of the new cases, there have been no hospitalisations, persons are either asymptomatic or reporting mild symptoms ranging from headaches, scratchy throat, coughs and muscle aches. Additionally, in general persons are recovering quickly. This is a change to the last cluster of cases in April and testament to the efficacy of the vaccine, demonstrating vaccination remains the most effective measure to protecting your individual health and the health of our nation.
The workplace settings where the cluster of cases have occurred are indoor, poorly ventilated, and relatively small locations. It is therefore vitally important that in all indoor settings, particularly where persons are gathering, everyone observes social distancing and wears a mask. It is important to note the requirement to wear masks indoors is currently part of the Covid-19 health regulations – breach of this is an offence and subject to a fine of EC$2,500 per violation.
Act quickly. If you are feeling unwell isolate and if necessary contact the Ministry of Health. Employers, we ask that if your employees are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 that you take the necessary steps to protect the individual and your wider workforce.
The measures we have in place remain key to us being able to quickly identify and isolate people and then conduct track and trace investigations. We would like to once again place on record our thanks to our dedicated health teams for their continued hard work to keep us all safe.
We would also like to remind you that with effect from 16 August:
However, in light of these new cases and the epidemiological situation, today, 19 August, Executive Council has agreed additional measures which will further strengthen our entry protocols and enhance our ability to manage the risks of Covid-19 and protect you.
From 23 August, the following additional measures will be in place for all those arriving as visitors and business visitors:
Executive Council also reviewed the ‘Table of steps towards the Exit Strategy’ last updated and published on 6 May 2021. Again based on the epidemiological situation, Council agreed the following amendments to the Exit Strategy:
Playing Your Part
The steps we have all been taking will continue to help keep us safe and save lives. So once again, we urge you all to take the simple steps:
Let us remind you of the Ministry of Health hotline on COVID-19. The number is 1-264- 476- 7627 that is 476 SOAP, or 1-264- 584- 4263, that is 584-HAND.
The Ministry of Health will publish guidance and information at www.beatcovid19.ai May God bless you and may God continue to bless Anguilla.
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