A 56-year old male visitor from the United States, who arrived in Anguilla on Saturday, November 21st, has tested positive for COVID-19. As per the established protocol, the gentleman, submitted a negative COVID-19 result prior to arrival in Anguilla and was subsequently tested upon arrival. That test came back positive and he remains asymptomatic in isolation at an approved location.
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 Ministry notes that although this is Anguilla’s first active case of COVID-19 since April, as the number of cases continues to rise internationally, the risk continues for Anguilla to import cases. Therefore, the Ministry continues to stress the importance of our stringent entry testing and quarantine protocols. All persons must submit a negative COVID-19 test conducted 3-5 days before arrival, be tested on entry, quarantine and have a negative test to exit quarantine. Moreover, this is the first active case out of the more than 1500 persons have entered the country since June. This is a clear indication of the robustness of our protocols.
The Ministry of Health reminds the public to practice 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 clean surfaces and objects that are frequently touched or handled
The Ministry will continue to provide timely and accurate information. Persons with any questions or concerns that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call 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.
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