The following is an update since the press release of September 22nd. An additional 14 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. They are as follows:
- Ten contacts of positive cases:
- Five household contacts – Four fully vaccinated adult females and one unvaccinated minor
- Five social contacts – two fully vaccinated adult males, one fully vaccinated adult female and two unvaccinated adult males
- Two residents who returned from overseas –
- One unvaccinated minor who returned from the United States and tested positive upon arrival
- One unvaccinated minor who returned from the Dominican Republic and tested positive at the end of the quarantine period
- One fully vaccinated female who underwent testing for travel purposes
- One unvaccinated (infant) minor who was being admitted to the hospital for observation and investigation of fever and was tested as part of the screening – he was admitted in a stable condition and has remained stable to date.
The fully vaccinated male with several underlying risk conditions for severe COVID-19 who was hospitalized also remains in a stable condition.
All persons are under isolation and contact tracing and investigations are ongoing.
Eleven more persons have recovered. The total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020 is 364 with 19 active cases at this time.
The prevention of local transmission of COVID-19 in Anguilla is the priority of the Ministry of Health. Therefore, early identification, isolation and treatment are the foundations of preventing widespread transmission of the virus:
- It is therefore critical that persons who have been placed under quarantine or isolation remain separated from other individuals at all times until they are cleared to resume normal activities by the Quarantine Authority. Additionally, in most instances it will be necessary for individuals to undergo a second test before they are cleared. The Ministry of Health asks that persons appreciate the importance of the testing protocols, and follow the instructions of the members of the health team. This is critical to breaking transmission of the virus.
- It is also of paramount importance for any persons experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19 such as flu-like symptoms, cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell… to isolate immediately and call the Ministry’s hotlines 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND. Out of an abundance of caution, persons experiencing these symptoms should not report to work until cleared to do so by the Ministry of Health.
- Any persons who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should also call the Ministry’s hotlines 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND.
- Furthermore, the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces is currently mandated in public health regulations with a penalty for breaches. Additionally, persons in intergenerational households and households with unvaccinated persons should consider mask wearing inside the homes in addition to hygienic precautions. This is especially crucial in cases where persons are experiencing symptoms, regardless of how mild.
The Ministry of Health reminds the public to continue practicing hygienic measures to protect against COVID-19. These include
- Frequent Handwashing – If water is unavailable, utilize an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Covering coughs or sneezes with a disposable tissue or in the crook of a flexed elbow.
- Avoiding contact with persons who are ill with symptoms of acute respiratory infections such as fever or cough.
- Regularly cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched or handled.
Questions or concerns can be directed to the Ministry’s hotlines at 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND. The Ministry of Health will continue to provide timely updates through our media partners, our official Facebook page or at www.beatcovid19.ai.