The following is an update since the press release of September 8th. An additional seven cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. They are as follows:
- Three contacts of positive cases –two household contacts (a fully vaccinated adult female and an unvaccinated adult male) and one social contact (a fully vaccinated adult male)
- Two residents returned from overseas:
- One fully vaccinated adult female who returned from the Dominican Republic and tested positive on her day 4 test at the end of the quarantine period
- An unvaccinated minor who returned from St. Thomas and tested positive on arrival
- Two adult male residents with no history of recent travel – one fully vaccinated and the other unvaccinated
All persons are under isolation and contact tracing and investigations are ongoing.
Sixteen persons have recovered and the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020 is 312 with 27 active cases at this time. Additionally, the Delta variant has been identified in four of the samples that were sent previously. The unvaccinated elderly gentleman who tested positive and was hospitalized remains hospitalized in a serious condition.
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.