Two male technicians, who travelled to Anguilla together, on February 25th from a Caribbean Territory, have tested positive for COVID-19. They submitted negative COVID-19 PCR tests prior to arrival and tested negative upon arrival. They were subsequently tested at the end of the quarantine period and both have tested positive. They are asymptomatic and remain in isolation at an approved location. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 21 with three active cases at this time.
The Ministry assures the general public that all protocols for testing, quarantine/isolation and contact tracing are being followed to minimize the risk of transmission.
The developments of the last couple of days are a reminder that the risk of importation of cases into Anguilla remains a significant threat. The Ministry therefore continues to stress the importance of our stringent entry testing and quarantine protocols, which have limited the spread of COVID-19 in Anguilla and protected us from the negative health impacts. However, at this juncture, vaccinations remain a critical component to permit the full and safe re-opening of Anguilla to passenger travel. The Ministry of Health once again is appealing to persons to get vaccinated before the full re-opening of Anguilla.
While we get our vaccine coverage up to the critical mass, 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.
Persons with any questions or concerns should call the Ministry’s hotlines at 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND. Person who have been vaccinated and experience any side effects or adverse reactions are encouraged to report this at 235-4357 that is 235-HELP. The Ministry of Health will continue to provide timely updates through our media partners, our official Facebook page or at www.beatcovid19.ai.our media partners, our official Facebook page or at www.beatcovid19.ai.
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